Watercolor Leaves

Watercolor Leaves

Create beautiful fall leaves using liquid watercolors and coffee filters.

2 - 7
Est. Time:
<30 mins

How we did it:

Materials List

  1. liquid watercolor paint (1/4 tsp) - add to1/4-1/2 cup of water
  2. water - 1/4-1/2 cup per color
  3. coffee filters - as many as desired
  4. plastic droppers - 1 per color
  5. scissors (1) - for cutting the leaves
  6. leaf template - as many as desired
  7. containers - 1 per color
  8. pen (1) - for tracing
  1. To create a leaf template, draw different kinds of leaves freehand or find some you like on the web and print them out.

  2. Trace the leaves onto coffee filters and cut them out. Prepare as many leaves as you like and as many different kinds as you like. We used brown coffee filters because that was what was available in our area. White coffee filters are fine as well.

  3. Prepare the colors by mixing 1/4 teaspoon of liquid water color with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water. Add more liquid watercolor paint if the colors are too light.

  4. Place the leaves on a piece of white paper in your child's work area.

  5. Provide one plastic dropper for each color.

  6. Have your child use the droppers to pick up the watercolors and drop them onto the leaves.

  7. Allow the leaves to dry on wax paper.

  8. After the leaves are dry and have been removed from the wax paper, notice the leaves left behind! These look great framed with some black paper and hung in the window.

  9. The leaves are now done! Use them to decorate your home, make a wreath, have a leaf fight, or hide them around the house for a leaf hunt. They are also great for sending short notes to family and friends.