Use your favourite shapes of leaves for these projects and create unique makes for your home
Leaf print light and shade
Update a plain white lampshade with a cascade of pretty leaf rubbings – just like the ones you did when you were at school.
You will need:
- Thin white paper
- Green wax crayon
- Plain lampshade
- Needle and matching sewing thread
1 Taking your first leaf, place a piece of thin white paper over the top. Holding the paper in position, rub across with the side of the crayon. Continue going over the leaf until you have a clear image, showing all the lovely vein detail.
2 Repeat this process until you have enough leaves to go around the lampshade, then cut them all out.
3 Position the first leaf and, using a needle and thread, stitch the leaf in place. Continue stitching the leaves all the way round the lampshade, overlapping some and angling others.
Design your own stylish stationery by stamping cards, tags and wrapping paper with pretty leaves.
You will need:
- Selection of paints in green, brown, yellow and white
- Mixing palette or small plate
- Selection of leaves
- Cream-coloured paper
- Kitchen roll
- Roller (optional)
- Scissors and ruler
- Card blanks
- Glue stick
- Thin white card
- String or twine
- A2 white paper
To make the leaf print card
1 Working on a protected surface, mix up some green paint to your desired shade, adding a little yellow to brighten it, white to lighten it or brown to darken it.
2 Stipple your first leaf with paint – you want it completely covered, but not dripping. Carefully pick the leaf up and place it paint-side down on to
the cream (or handmade) paper.
3 Place a piece of kitchen roll over the leaf and either press down or use a roller to roll evenly over the leaf. Carefully lift off the kitchen roll and leaf, making sure not to smudge your work. Repeat this process, either using the same leaf or a mixture, until your paper is covered with a pretty leaf-print pattern. Leave to dry.
4 Once the paint has completely dried, cut the paper down so
it measures 2cm smaller than the front of the card blank. Apply glue to the back of the paper, position centrally and press down in place.
To make leaf print gift tags
Use the same printing process on a piece of white card. Once the paint has dried, cut the card into 10 x 5cm rectangles. Carefully fold the card in half to create a tag. Punch a small hole at the top left-hand corner and thread with string or twine. Write your personal message, then use to adorn a pretty parcel.
To make some wrapping paper
Print leaves, as before, all over one side of a large piece of white paper – A2 is an ideal size.
Once the paint has completely dried, use your hand-printed paper to wrap up a special present, and trim it with a matching tag.