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How to Make a Leaf Rubbing


Leaf Rubbing Picture

Leaf rubbings are easy to make, and they're a lovely way to remember the time you spent in New England.

© 2008 Kim Knox Beckius
Making your own leaf rubbing is a great fall craft project that allows you to preserve memories of your fall trip to New England.

See Also: More Fall Crafts Projects for Kids

Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 15 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Collect fall leaves of all shapes and sizes as you explore New England.
  2. On a piece of plain white paper, position leaves vein side up in a pattern that you find pleasing.
  3. Lay another sheet of plain white paper over the top of the leaves.
  4. Select the crayons that you would like to use to create your rubbing and peel off the paper wrappers.
  5. Turn a crayon on its side and gently rub over the top sheet of paper.
  6. The leaf images will magically appear on the paper! Experiment with different crayon colors and leaf arrangements.


  1. Be sure to bring along a plastic or paper bag on your New England fall rambles so that you can collect leaves for rubbings.
  2. Share your rubbings with friends and family members who can't visit New England.
  3. You don't need to limit yourself to fall-colored creations! Go crazy! Try anything! Your leaf rubbing can be as unique as each leaf that falls in New England.

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