My children love to collect leaves, twigs, and flowers petals anytime we are outside. We have quite a collection!

by Kim

But what can we do with all of these “treasures”?

Make a collage!

On our most recent walk to the park, my daughter brought her Elmo bucket along to help her collect items she wanted to keep. Once we got home, we emptied out her bucket to see what interesting items she had collected.


The leaves and flower looked so pretty together that I wanted to try to preserve them.

But how?

There are 5 other ways to preserve leaves over on Red Ted Art, here is what we decided to do…

I bought some clear Con-Tact Paper at Target and we made nature collages.

First, I taped the non-sticky side of the Con-Tact Paper to the table. The paper backing is facing up.

Taping the Con-Tact paper to the table isn’t necessary but it made it a lot easier for my three year old to work with it because the edges didn’t roll up.

Remove the paper backing.

My daughter loved having the sticky side of the Con-Tact paper exposed. She quickly started placing her leaves and petals on the paper.

When she decided her design was complete, I helped her place another piece of clear Con-Tact paper on the back and she pressed it firmly down.

She is so proud of her nature collage.

My daughter hung the collage on a wall in her room. It looked pretty with her pink walls as the background. But then we tried hanging it on a window like a suncatcher. We decided it looked best here because the sun illuminated the flowers and leaves so well.

Note: If you use fresh leaves and flowers for this project, you can expect for it to look nice for about a week. The flowers will fade and the leaves will turn brown and eventually you may even see some mold from the moisture trapped inside. Discard it at this point. However, if you want it to last forever, just dry your leaves and petals before making the collage.

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