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Leafy Butterflies

This leaf art project was inspired by Lois Ehlert’s beautiful book “Leaf Man”. A little technology provided dozens of leaves so my students could create leaf art just like her.

leaf art

If strolling through your backyard to collect your own real fall leaves is not an option, then try this stock art set. They don’t have the same texture and wonderful smell, of course, but are easier to cut and glue.

See below for an easy PDF to download and print.


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  1. If you are so fortunate as to live near some fall foliage, you can take the real thing to a color copier and make lots of prints of multiple leaves. Or if you are like me, nowhere near any maple trees, you can go to a stock photo site and download preview images of leaves. I also am including a link to my pdf file, which you can access below.
  2. Young students can cut out the leaves leaving about an 1/8″ of white around the outside so they are not so intricate. Older students can be more precise and cut out the leaf exactly.
  3. The leaves are then cut in half right down the middle. The two sides are then glued down with a little space left in between. A body and antennae are cut from scraps pieces, or from leftover stems, and glued on top.

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