Crayon Leaf Rubbings

This leaf art project is quite simple. You’ll need crayons. Make sure you have at least one crayon that you don’t mind removing the wrapper as you’ll be using the crayon on its side to create the rubbing.

You’ll also need leaves. You will have the most success with leaves that have a fairly simple shape. Take a walk around the garden or the park and see what different leaf shapes you can find. It’s also fun to mix different sizes of the same leaf shape in a single composition.


Start by choosing the colour for the leaf rubbing. Feel free to use a colour other than black or multiple colours! Peel the wrapper off the crayon you will be using.

Place the leaf under the paper-vein side up. This is important because you want the side of the leaf that’s the bumpiest to be what you’re running the crayon over. Hold down the paper where the leaf is underneath to prevent the leaf from moving during the rubbing.


Lay the crayon on its side and rub gently back and forth over the leaf. Work slowly and pay extra attention as you get to the edges of their leaves. Applying abit of extra pressure at the edges will make them super visible. Knowing where to stop rubbing with the crayon will keep extra marks from covering the rest of the page!

Move the leaf or grab a different one and find a new spot to continue with the leaf rubbing process. Explore overlapping and allowing the leaf to run off the side of the page to add to the overall composition.


Whether you chose black for your leaf rubbing or chose a bright colour now is the perfect time to add some additional splashes of colour. A light layer of crayon is a super simple way to make these leaf rubbings look like a completed work of art.

No work of art is complete without considering the background! Add a splash of colour there too!

Other options for adding colour to these leaf rubbings would be water colour paints, washable markers (especially light colours) or coloured pencils. All of these will be colourful and still let the details of the leaf rubbing shine!