Crayon Leaf Rubbings

An autumn favorite - make leaves magically appear on paper!

Crayon Leaf Rubbings

Project Info

Difficulty Easy
Duration Under 15 minutes
Age Any
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  • Autumn Leaves
  • Crayons
  • Paper


    1. Put a leaf on a table making sure that the side of the underside of the leaf (where the veins are most pronounced) is facing upwards
    2. Using the side of a crayon, gently rub over the surface of the paper until the shape of the leaf appears. Those areas of the leaf that are raised - e.g. the veins, and the edges will appear as dark lines in a sea of color.


    1. It is important that the side of the crayon is used rather than the tip. Using the tip will create harsh crayon lines and the shape of the leaf will not be easily visible. Using the side of the crayon (take the paper off first!) will create gentle shading all over the leaf - allowing the darker shading where the crayon crosses the veins / edges to be more visible.
    2. If the leaf or paper moves during coloring then you won't get a clean outline of the leaf. You may find it useful to place a small line of tape over the stem of the leaf to secure it to the table, and to put some tape on each of the four corners of the paper to secure that also.


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    Useful supplies

    Strathmore (27-109) 100 Series Youth Drawing Pad, 9 by 12", 40 Sheets
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