Leaf Mobile


By Caitlin Murray Giles


Turn the leaves in your yard into an eye-catching work of art.


  • Two tree branches
  • string
  • leaves
  • hole punch
  • Optional: acrylic spray, iron, wax paper, kitchen towel.


  1. Collect fresh leaves and two nicely shaped branches, each about two feet long. Place the leaves between two pieces of paper inside of a heavy book and let them dry for three days.
  2. If you want your mobile to last longer than a few days, you may want to apply an acrylic spray to preserve the leaves (this is also an adults-only job). Let the application dry completely before attaching the leaves. Another option is to iron leaves between wax paper (see instructions above) and trim the wax paper around the shape of the leaf.
  3. Once you have your leaves assembled and ready for hanging, use a hole punch to carefully make a hole in each leaf.
  4. Secure the two branches together with some string, making sure that they are balanced.
  5. Hang the leaves from the branches of the mobile with pieces of string. Use another piece of string to hang the mobile from a hook to showcase your creation.
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