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Leaf Decoupage Picture Mats

One perfect leaf framed with a mat of leaves of the same type evokes the whole tree.

Photography: Wendell T. Webber

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2001


  • White box frame

  • An archival-paper mat

  • Dried, preserved, or skeletonized leaves (from crafts stores)


  1. Make mat template out of paper. Using template, trace width of mat onto leaves; cut out. Line up each leaf piece along mat's inside edge, without covering the bevel.

  2. When you have enough leaves to cover, fix them to the mat with archival glue; turn over, and trim overhang with a utility knife. Center a whole leaf on acid-free paper using spray adhesive on the back of the leaf.

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