Botanical Bookmarks

Botanical Bookmarks lesson plan

Bring nature's designs indoors with these golden leaf-printed bookmarks. For gifts, make matching picture frames, gift wrap, note paper, and cards.

  • 1.

    Collect one or more fallen leaves with adult supervision. Students should wash their hands when they return indoors. Do research to identify the leaves. From which tree or other plant did they fall?

  • 2.

    With Crayola® Scissors, cut a bookmark-size piece of construction paper. Make it slightly wider and longer than the leaves.

  • 3.

    Cover art area with recycled newspaper. Cover the underside of each leaf with gold Crayola Premier™ Tempera and a Crayola Paint Brush. Press the painted side down on the bookmark. Lift. Repeat to form a pattern. Dry.

  • 4.

    For a matted look and to make a sturdier bookmark, add a second piece of construction paper. Cut it slightly larger than your first piece. Gild the edges with gold or another color of tempera. Dry.

  • 5.

    Attach the matting piece under the bookmark using Crayola Glue Sticks. Punch a hole at the top. Pull ribbon, raffia, string, or yarn through the hole and tie a knot.


  • LA: Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
  • LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • LA: Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
  • VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.


  • Students read stories about the outdoors such as Outside Over There by Maurice Sendak, Whistling Wings by Laura Goering, Blueberry Shoe by Ann Dixon, or Dot and Jabber and the Big Bug Mystery by Ellen Stoll Walsh. Students use their original Botanical Bookmarks to describe the main character(s), setting, etc. on the back of the bookmark. Provide a place in the classroom to hand these bookmarks for student viewing.