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Rachel @ CRAFT points us to these amazingly detailed cut leaves by Nature’s Art, complete with a step-by-step (PDF):

Natural leaf carving is actual manual cutting and removal of a leaf’s surface to produce an art work on a leaf. The process of carving is performed by artists using tools to carefully remove the surface without cutting or removing the veins. The veins add detail into the subject matter of the carving.

The material or most common leaf used in leaf carving is the leaf of a Chinar tree. The Chinar tree is native to India, Pakistan and China. Chinar leaves have a close resemblance to maple leaves.

Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern (sternlab.org is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).


  • ovando gonzales

    how can i do this ?

  • Lisa

    I too am wanting to have the how to PDF… None of the links or google are helping me to locate it. Please help, thanks…

  • ovando gonzales

    I think it is a joke about the HOW TO PD — exists ?

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