How to make painted leaf bunting

How to…

Collect leaves and use paint to create a vibrant bunting display for your classroom.

  • Estimated time: 60 minutes
  • Location: Outdoors & Indoors
  • School term: All year round
  • Level of experience: No experience needed


Creating your own leaf bunting is a fun activity that can be completed all year round. Why not challenge your students to create bunting in your school's colours, or using as many different seasonal leaves as they can find?

  1. Using a pencil and ruler, draw a number of triangles onto thick card.

  2. Carefully cut out the triangles using scissors. You can cut out as many triangles as you like, depending on how long you want your bunting to be.

  3. Choose your paint colours and using a paintbrush or sponge, add the colour to the underside of your leaves.

  4. Press the paint covered leaf down on to the bunting card. Gently run your finger along the stalk and veins, out to the edges of the leaf and over the whole leaf surface.

  5. Now carefully lift the leaf by the stalk to show your painted leaf print. Repeat the process as many times as you like. Try adding different leaf shapes and colours over each other to make a fun design.

  6. Once you have decorated all of your bunting, use a whole punch to make two holes in each corner. Then, thread your string through each hole and triangle of bunting.

  7. Keep adding your painted bunting triangles to the string until you have the right length for your space.

  8. Now, hang your bunting up to decorate a room, window, wall or space!    

Additional information

To make our painted leaf bunting, you will need:

  • Leaves of all shapes and sizes
  • Kitchen roll or tissues
  • Water
  • Paints
  • Paint brushes or sponges
  • Card cut into bunting triangles
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Newspaper
  • String, thread, bunting cord or ribbon

Our top tip – when threading the string, bunting cord or ribbon through the bunting holes, weave them from the front to back. That way the leaf printed side of your bunting will be in full display and your string will go along the back.

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