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Pressed-Leaf Butterflies

Make lovely winged creatures from vivid autumn leaves. 




  • Pressed autumn leaves
  • Paper
  • Skewer
  • Glue
  • Mat border
  • Frame


  1. Step 1

    Collect just-fallen leaves, and press between the pages of a heavy book for two weeks.

  2. Step 2

    Use a small strip of plain paper for base. With a skewer, apply glue to tip of a leaf; secure to base for a bottom wing.

  3. Step 3

    Working from bottom to top, glue remaining leaves, which should overlap slightly, to base. 

  4. Step 4

    Glue two leaf stems to the top of a thin leaf for antennae.

  5. Step 5

    Glue thin leaf vertically to white base for the butterfly's body.

  6. Step 6

    A mat border and frame give a finished look while protecting the leaves.

Martha Stewart Living, October 2004



Reviews (6)

  • andeande 4 Oct, 2008

    cute! this will be a fun project for the kids to make little gifties.

  • schweetie 2 Oct, 2008

    What a fantastic project to celebrate the incredible fall colours! I needed a new idea for our family Thanksgiving dinner for guest gifts, and this is a great one. If I can find smaller leaves....what a lovely placecard they would make!!! Thank You

  • ceililly 1 Oct, 2008

    Plum leaves would be great to use and a pin oak leaf is perfect shape for the body. You could always use little dabs of paint , sequins, sprinkles or many other adornments to make fun projects for children....Big people too....Ceil

  • samcgahagin 1 Oct, 2008

    Can you tell us what kind of leaves were used and possibly give picture instructions which might give us a better idea on how this is actually done? It might even be helpful to be able to enlarge the picture to get a better look.

  • sharethelovepaty 1 Oct, 2008

    I think this will be so cool for my daycare kids.

  • 1234sana 1 Oct, 2008