Art Class

Oak Leaf Cuts

Oak Leaf Cuts were made by the early settlers of eastern Canada as a decoration for their homes and to remind themselves of the coming spring during long, cold winters. You can make them for your home using tree and bush leaves that grow in your area. Collect your favorite leaves and then duplicate their shapes in paper. Just follow these simple instructions:

What you'll need:
  • newspapers
  • colored construction paper or other colored paper of your choice
  • scissors
  • pencils
  • paste or glue
  • Before you begin, gather all of your supplies together and put them on the counter. Read all of the directions from start to finish to become familiar with the procedure. Now you are ready to begin.

    1. Cover your work area completely with newspaper.

    2. Cut a large green paper square and a smaller brown or orange paper square.

    3. Fold both of the squares in half from corner to corner.

    4. Fold them in half from corner to corner two more times.

    5. On the longest folded edge of the brown paper, draw half of an acorn. The stem should be drawn so that it ends on the short folded edge of the paper, as shown.

    6. Then draw half of an oak leaf on the longest folded edge of the green paper. Again, draw the stem of the leaf so that it ends on the short folded edge of the paper, as shown.

    7. Cut out the leaf and the acorn. Unfold the papers.

    8. Paste or glue the acorns to the center of the leaves. The acorns may be placed on top or below the leaves, whichever you prefer.

    9. You may display your leaf cuts by hanging them up or by pasting them on another sheet of paper.

    Adapted from Papercrafts Around the World, by Phyllis Fiarotta and Noel Fiarotta (Sterling Publishing Company, New York, 1996).

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