Leaf Skeletons

Michelle M. Berry
South Division, Ottawa Area



  1. Heat a saucepan of water and when it is close to boiling, add the leaves.
  2. Simmer the leaves until the leafy part starts to come away from the veins of the leaves (approximately an hour).
  3. Carefully remove the leaves from the water and lay them flat to cool.
  4. Using the brush, gently brush away the leafy parts from the veins of the leaves.
  5. Place the leaf skeletons into water with approximately one teaspoon of bleach. Let sit for an hour. Once you remove them, rinse them gently under cold water. Place on coloured construction paper to view.
  6. If you are planning on painting the leaf skeletons, do not bleach them, instead paint them.

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