Tutorial: WaterColor Leaf Mobile

November 13, 2014

This is a fun craft for you and your little one! I think a lot of times, as mothers of toddlers, we feel a little trepidation when it comes to handing our two-year-olds some paint and a paint brush. I decided to overcome my fear this time and buy Chelsea a water color paint set ($5.00 on Amazon). She. Loves. It. And she does pretty well remembering to dip the brush before she chooses another color.

Honestly, it’s a lot of fun for me, too. I wish I had found my artistic side in high school and college so I could have learned more techniques, what kind of paints to use, etc. etc., but my rudimentary skills will just have to do!

Anyway, this was really fun to do with Chelsea, and let her go to town with the paints (after I had a turn during her nap to make some pretty ombre leaves)!

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You will need:

  • watercolors
  • white cardstock paper
  • scissors
  • leaf printable
  • pencil
  • hole punch
  • thread
  • branch


Begin by painting! For my leaves, I went with different ombre variations. I painted four ombre rectangles per page and waited for them to dry.


Chelsea went with a more… wild and free look and painted the entire page.

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Print off the leaf template from this site and cut the leaves out. Flip your works of art over and trace the leaf shape on the back (make sure they’re in the right position so you don’t accidentally cut more white than watercolor).

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Now cut out your leaves!

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IMG_8402 ^^See? Wild and free.^^

Use your hole punch to create a hole for the thread, tie one end of the thread around the hole and the other end to the branch you intend to use. Vary the length of the thread and create depth by tying some on outreaching twigs.

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Most importantly, just have fun!

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Oh, and by-the-way. Anyone notice the snow outside today? Because we did!

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IMG_8478 edit01^^My heart. just. melted.^^

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1 comment

  1. Ooo this is such a cute tutorial idea! Love how it involves the kids but still looks pretty and pro (and so simple)! :)


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