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School project - How do I glue real leaves to paper?

post #1 of 11
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I'm sure this belongs in a craft section (Do we have one of those?), but I figured more people would see it here.

My dd has to do a school project where she has to glue real leaves to paper. Do I have to do something to the leaves first so they don't dry out? What kind of glue do I use?

Any other help and suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
post #2 of 11
Well what type of project is she doing?

You can use plain old elmers glue or you can use a glue gun, that way the glue would dry quicker.

If you dont want the leaves to dry out, just rub some lotion on it....I think that may work?
post #3 of 11
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Originally Posted by Alex's mommy View Post

Well what type of project is she doing?

She's making a leaf book. She has to collect various leaves, glue them to paper, and tell about the trees that the leaves came from. It looks like a fun project; I just have no idea how to glue real leaves to trees.

I never thought about rubbing lotion on the leaves. I'll have to remember that.
post #4 of 11
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Originally Posted by Starlite View Post

I just have no idea how to glue real leaves to trees.


you mean paper?

Elmers, glue stick or glue gun...any will work.
post #5 of 11
I agree that almost any glue would work, I'd probably try rubber cement. We like the way it dries better than white glue.
post #6 of 11
When I was helping out DD class with making animal pictures out of leaves, we put contact paper over the finished picture. we used regular elmer's glue to glue the leaves to the paper. Just make sure that there isnt any water on the leaves. if you want, could you dry the leaves first in an oven set on a very low temp?
post #7 of 11
Back when I was making leaf collections we would put them on posterboard and cover them with clear contact paper. It seemed to preserve the leaves well and they couldn't fall off. HTH!
post #8 of 11
When my kids were little we collected pretty fall leaves & laid them between 2 sheets of wax paper. Then you take a reg iron (for clothes) and iron the two shhets together. You can bind them like you would pages in a book with construc. paper or cardboard covers. Sharon
post #9 of 11
My ds and I are avid leaf lovers. I have leaves from 10 years ago! I simply put them between the pages of a book, one with "absorbent" pages - nothing slick like a magazine. Put one leaf between two pages and so on, then put a stack of books on top of the book the leaves are in. It should take only a few days for them to dry and they retain their color.

If you do this, they will be easy to glue onto paper *however* the dried leaves unless very thick will be very fragile. So I'd dry them and then do the contact paper thing too. I've never done that, but I think for school use it would be safer that way. Usually I'll just take my dried leaves and use a Q-tip to delicatly dab Elmer's glue onto it and then make note cards from them. I just Looove leaves! I always want to give them away as gifts but my ds can't part with them
post #10 of 11
i second the contact paper or wax paper. i would dry them first so she can keep it forever.

ooh collecting leaves is a great fall project.
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