Nature Craft: Collage

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

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.

flower and leaves on table

Preserve Leaves and Flowers

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.

Contact paper collage

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.

little girl making nature collage

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.

little girl with 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.


nature suncatcher

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.

Love a collage?   Here are some more ideas for making collages with your kids:


  1. This is beautiful Kim. Absolutely lovely. We go on nature walks all the time but I never know what to do with all the little bits and pieces that we collect along the way. This is perfect.

  2. Wht a fun idea! I’ve been looking for lots of activities for my boys this summer – and just found another to add to the list 🙂

  3. I plan on doing this with my son soon. This is his kind of project.

  4. Kim, what a BEAUTIFUL nature collage. I love the color. We did a nature collage on our little activity table (with contact paper for Earth Day. It made for a great texture piece that lasted for a few weeks in our play area! I posted about it. 🙂

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