make leaf rubbing plates

Here’s another good reason to get a laminator! You can make your own leaf rubbing plates (Fauna discovered this when we were making the odd leaf out card game).

leaf rubbing plates

Simply laminate a pressed leaf, trim around the leaf, place the leaf backside-up and you’ve got yourself  a leaf rubbing plate. 

oak leaf rubbing plate

These plates work just as well as the ones you buy from the education stores! These are much cheaper and you can use any leaf from your yard or park.

leaf rubbing 2

Poke holes in the plates and add them to a book ring (love book rings) for safe keeping. Label the names of the leaves with a Sharpie to help learn leaf identification. They are so much prettier than those plastic plates!

book ring

Thank you everyone who has voted for me for the Best Unschooling Blog Award, please keep the votes coming!  If you haven’t voted yet- vote here.


  • November 24, 2009 - 10:48 pm | Permalink

    What fun! I have been idly wanting but avoiding buying a set of rubbing plates, this is such a better idea. I don’t have a laminating machine, I just use sticky laminating paper, but I’m sure that would work too.

    November 24, 2009 - 8:18 am | Permalink

    THX 4 D GREAT IDEA !!!!!!

  • November 21, 2009 - 2:39 pm | Permalink

    Well, now, I have to get a laminator! LOL.

  • November 21, 2009 - 5:25 am | Permalink

    love this idea
    Thankyou Fauna

  • November 20, 2009 - 7:53 pm | Permalink

    This is a very cool idea. I may have to purchase a laminator during tax season.

  • November 20, 2009 - 6:45 pm | Permalink

    So love your blog its such a joy to read your posts!!! I wish I could live by you and get together for afternoon chats over herbal tea : ) I so enjoyed this idea hmm maybe thats what I should get for Christmas is one of those machines : ) The leaves turned out looking so nice!!!

    • November 20, 2009 - 8:43 pm | Permalink

      Jane that would be so nice! My machine was a gift, but I’ve seen them in Target for under $40. Not horribly expensive.

  • November 20, 2009 - 3:51 pm | Permalink

    love this! happy weekend lisa!

  • November 20, 2009 - 1:26 pm | Permalink

    i was teetering on the edge of a laminator. this is helping the cause.

    i love this idea. i cracked open a large cookbook the other day and found leaves th girls and i pressed in there two years ago and forgot about in the move!

    how fun!

    • November 20, 2009 - 8:45 pm | Permalink

      We do that all the time! Books, phonebooks….finally made a great press for leaves alone.

  • November 20, 2009 - 1:00 pm | Permalink

    That is an awesome idea! We’re doing botany this year so that would be great for us, and #3 could do this too! I think I’ll try some with contact paper…. too bad all we have around are mesquite leaves and oak leaves. I may actually have to GO somewhere to pick up more leaves. ;)

  • November 20, 2009 - 12:01 pm | Permalink

    I’m always so impressed with the things you can create. Any ideas how to make something cool out of all these pine needles in our neighborhood? ;)

  • November 20, 2009 - 11:03 am | Permalink

    Very very cool!!!

  • November 20, 2009 - 10:49 am | Permalink

    Hi Lisa, We found the most beautiful and large oak leaves yesterday and I am going to do this. We don’t have a laminator but we have to go to the office store today :) By the way, we made your tortilla soup last night! It was so easy and good. The whole family gobbled it up! Thanks for the recipe. It will be a staple around here. xo Kyndale

    • November 20, 2009 - 8:46 pm | Permalink

      So glad you liked the soup. I’m always a bit nervous about posting recipes. I’m not the most experienced cook!

  • November 20, 2009 - 6:56 am | Permalink

    Okay…so I’m pretty sure I’m sold on the laminator….too cool!!

  • November 20, 2009 - 2:02 am | Permalink

    these are gorgeous!

  • November 20, 2009 - 12:28 am | Permalink

    The laminated leaves are so pretty! Good luck in the polls…..I voted for you the other day!
    love, sara

  • November 19, 2009 - 11:46 pm | Permalink

    Now this is cool! What is the thickness of the laminating sheets you use?

    • November 20, 2009 - 8:47 pm | Permalink

      I just bought the sheets that the Scotch company puts out. Bought it from Target.

  • November 19, 2009 - 11:24 pm | Permalink

    I have a gremlin brewing at my house. Hopefully I will post about it soonish. Maybe your laminator needs a get well gremlin.

  • November 19, 2009 - 11:15 pm | Permalink

    this is super great…now if only i can remember it for a time down the road:)

  • Robin
    November 19, 2009 - 11:14 pm | Permalink

    the oak leaf looks so very big! This is a great idea!!!

  • November 19, 2009 - 9:46 pm | Permalink

    Fun! I bet I can do this with contact paper too.

  • Jacque B.
    November 19, 2009 - 9:28 pm | Permalink

    I have been looking into purchasing a laminator. What kind do you have and are you happy with it?

    • November 20, 2009 - 8:48 pm | Permalink

      I have seen them at Target for under $40. Mine was a gift, the laminator is part of a book making machine. Actually it is now permanantly jammed up…..time for a new one. I have the Scotch laminating sheets, so I will check Target for a Scotch laminator.

  • November 19, 2009 - 9:26 pm | Permalink

    Very cool! Good luck with the votes! I’ve been keeping an eye out since voting, and you’re still in the lead. ;)

    • November 20, 2009 - 10:12 am | Permalink

      interesting enough not anymore, first place’s points seemed to double overnight.

  • November 19, 2009 - 9:17 pm | Permalink

    Cool, makes me wish I had a laminator.

  • November 19, 2009 - 8:37 pm | Permalink

    I just voted for you. I sure hope you win! :)

  • November 19, 2009 - 8:36 pm | Permalink

    I miss my laminator!!! I used to do this in my classroom, I had a huge set of laminated leaves that I used with my first graders as reference for their printmaking projects, and as examples to draw/paint with my 2-4th graders. I loved the way they would hold up for so many kids handling them and the rubbing plate is a bonus! : )

    and… BTW… a binder ring is just about my second favorite thing (other than a laminator!)

    • November 19, 2009 - 8:50 pm | Permalink

      Mine seems to be permanently jammed up now! It has had a short life……..I’m quite bummed about it.

  • November 19, 2009 - 8:02 pm | Permalink

    Do laminated leafs turn brown or will they retain their color?

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