Join the Museum’s Nordic Sól Celebration, “Nordic by Nature,” by going outside and looking at leaves.
It’s hard to find a more classic nature craft than leaf rubbings! What better way to spend a summer day than combining a walk in nature with an art project. All you need to make your own leaf rubbing is a piece of paper, a crayon, and a leaf. Take a walk around your yard, neighborhood, or a park to collect some leaves – you can use all the same type of leaf or many different types. Once you have chosen your leaves, place one underneath a piece of paper and rub it using the side of a crayon – you can use the side of the point so that you don’t have to peel the paper off of the crayon. In the example below, I used three different leaves and three different colors of crayons. You can also try overlapping your leaf rubbings, or use a piece of newspaper instead of plain white paper – this way you are also recycling!