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Pressed-Leaf Butterflies

Make lovely winged creatures from vivid autumn leaves. 

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2004


  • Pressed autumn leaves

  • Paper

  • Skewer

  • Glue

  • Mat border

  • Frame


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

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

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

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

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

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