#30DaysWild – Leaf printing inspired doodles

Leaf printing is a fun way to create nature art. There are various different ways of doing leaf printing. My girls enjoy painting leaves and then pressing them face down to make a print. This time though, I thought I’d give hammered leaf printing a try.


A doodle of a fairy with leaf print wings - "#30DaysWild - Leaf printing inspired doodles"


You will need:

  • Paper
  • Kitchen roll
  • Leaves
  • A hammer


Paper, kitchen roll, leaves and a hammer on a table

1) Place a leaf on a piece of paper and put a sheet or two or kitchen roll on top.


2) Gently pound the leaf with the hammer. You may need to go over the leaf a few times to bring the colour out.


3) Peel back the kitchen roll and remove the leaf to reveal the print.



I tried a variety of different leaves and a couple of small flowers. Some of the leaves produced much better prints than others.


A selection of prints from different leaves and flowers


I was a little disappointed by my prints as they hadn’t come out quite as well as I hoped. However, the shapes that were left behind on the piece of paper inspired me to start doodling. The flower prints became butterfly wings; one long leaf looked like an insect. Instead of leaf prints, I saw the starting point for fairies and dragons, boats, birds and even a Disney villain.


An insect and two butterflies doodled over leaf prints


Some of the prints are still fairly clear in the finished doodle. Others provided the outline and got a little lost in amongst the drawings. It was fun to let my imagination run riot for a while and just doodle. I always find drawing very relaxing – it’s a good way of switching off and just focusing on the here and now. It certainly made doing some leaf printing a little more fun.


A selection of doodles over leaf prints - Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty, two fairies, two butterflies, a long insect, a dragon, a peacock, a man rowing a boat and a bird


This year we’re taking part in #30DaysWild – a challenge from the Wildlife Trusts to get outside each day in June, do something wild and connect with nature.

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12 thoughts on “#30DaysWild – Leaf printing inspired doodles

  1. This looks like a lovely creative activity. What a great idea. I must try this with my daughters, they would love it! Thanks! #FamilyFunLinky.

  2. I love that you took what you had and doodled. We’ve tried flower printing like this, but I felt so bad about hammering the beautiful blooms I couldn’t bring myself to do it again. I’ll have to give it a go with leaves instead.

    1. Thank you – it was only because the leaves didn’t come out as well as I would have liked. I quite liked the fact that the imperfect result lead to a different kind of creativity! 🙂

  3. I’m enjoying seeing all your nature inspired posts appearing. I love how the foliage inspired you to doodle. #FamilyFun

  4. Oh my goodness how clever is that, what a fantastic idea to do with the little ones. My eldest would love doing something like this, I will be sure to give it a go with her when we get some one on one time. The youngest will probably just eat the leaves! Thanks for sharing at #familyfun

  5. Hi Louise, I love this idea and it’s not something I’ve seen before. It looks like a great way of getting children to really let their imagination go wild!


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