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These pressed leaf bookmarks are such a simple fall nature craft, and they are a wonderful way to showcase and enjoy autumn leaves that you’ve pressed.

They would make lovely gifts or be a perfect project to compliment your homeschool nature study!

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pressed fall leaves and bookmark

I started out by making these pressed flower bookmarks this past spring, and I knew I wanted to revisit the idea this fall with pressed leaves.

These bookmarks are finished with Mod Podge. I love how the Mod Podge preserves the leaves and deepens their vibrant colors!

You’ll find a printable how-to card at the bottom of this post for your convenience!

You will also love this post: 20 Favorite Fall Crafts for Your Homeschool

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Supplies Needed

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  • Leaves for pressing
  • Flower press or heavy book with parchment paper
  • 140 lb watercolor paper cut to a 2″ x 6″ rectangle (this weight is important so your finished bookmark doesn’t wrinkle)
  • Mod Podge
  • White school glue, if needed
  • Tweezers, if needed
  • Flat paint brush
  • Toothpick
pressed fall leaves

Directions

Step 1 – Press Leaves

I chose mostly small, flat leaves for my project so my finished bookmark would be as flat as possible.

Make sure your leaves are in good condition—not moist with dew and not already dried and crinkly. They should be freshly fallen or picked directly from a tree or bush. I pressed a variety of colors.

Press your leaves in a single layer, face down, in a flower press or between sheets of parchment paper in a heavy book.

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Allow them to press for 7-10 days until they are completely dry and preserved.

pressed fall leaves
bookmarks close up on a book

Step 2 – Arrange Leaves as Desired

Arrange your pressed leaves on your watercolor paper rectangle until you are pleased with the layout.

arrange leaves on bookmark

The leaves are delicate, so handle them carefully! Try using a pair of tweezers if you are having trouble.

leaves arranged on bookmarks

Step 3 – Mod Podge

Now use your Mod Podge to glue your leaves in place on your bookmark. I dispensed some in a disposable bowl to use.

mod podge

I like to apply the Mod Podge to the backs of the leaves gently with my paintbrush and stick them in place.

affix leaves with Mod Podge
affix leaves with Mod Podge

You may find that you need a toothpick to sneak Mod Podge under any leaf corners left unglued so they aren’t sticking up.

Try using some dots of white school glue if the Mod Podge isn’t quite doing the job.

Then use your paintbrush to gently apply Mod Podge over the top of each leaf to seal it in place on the bookmark.

apply Mod Podge over surface of each leaf

Go from the center of each leaf outward to avoid bending or tearing the leaves.

Wait until the Mod Podge is tacky, and then repeat with one more coat over each leaf.

After your second coat is tacky, apply a third coat of Mod Podge, this time over the entire face of your bookmark.

apply Mod Podge to entire surface

Use even strokes with your brush to smooth out the Mod Podge. The Mod Podge dries clear and is very forgiving, though, so don’t worry too much.

apply Mod Podge to entire surface and smooth brush strokes

Again, make sure every leaf corner ends up sealed down to the bookmark properly.

I did the final Mod Podge layer with a paper towel underneath to protect my table, but I made sure to move the bookmark right after so the paper towel wouldn’t stick to the underneath side.

Give your finished bookmark time to dry completely, and you’re done!

pressed leaf bookmarks
pressed leaf bookmark on music book

Share Your Project

If you do this craft project, I would love to see what you come up with! Follow me on Instagram and tag @aberlehome in your photos of your finished bookmarks!

Yield: 1 Bookmark

Pressed Leaf Bookmarks

pressed leaf bookmarks for fall

A lovely and easy craft to use and enjoy leaves you press in the fall! Perfect for all ages!

Active Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

Materials

  • Leaves for pressing
  • 140 lb watercolor paper cut to a 2"x 6" rectangle
  • Mod Podge
  • White school glue, if needed

Tools

  • Flower press or heavy book with parchment paper
  • Flat paint brush
  • Toothpick
  • Tweezers, if needed

Instructions

  1. Choose freshly fallen leaves that are in good condition and not moist. Press leaves in a single layer, face down, for 7-10 days until they are completely dry and preserved.
  2. Arrange leaves on your watercolor paper rectangle until you are pleased with the layout. Handle the leaves carefully, and use tweezers, if necessary.
  3. Dispense some Mod Podge in a bowl and use it to glue your leaves in place on your bookmark (you can also use dots of school glue, if needed).
  4. You may need to use a toothpick to sneak Mod Podge under any leaf corners left unglued so they don't stick up.
  5. Use your paintbrush to gently apply Mod Podge over the top of each leaf to seal it in place on the bookmark. Go from the center of the leaf outward. When the Mod Podge is tacky, repeat with one more coat over each leaf. After your second coat is tacky, apply a third coat of Mod Podge, this time over the entire face of your bookmark. Use long, even strokes, and make sure every leaf corner is sealed down properly.
  6. Allow your bookmark to dry completely (if you were doing your project on a paper towel, make sure to remove your bookmark from the paper towel while drying so it doesn't stick).

If you enjoy this project, I would greatly appreciate a review!


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