Wonder Wednesday 37: Leaf Nature Journals

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Happy Wonder Wednesday!

In this month’s lesson to celebrate the changing of the seasons and the upcoming fall facilitated session of the Draw Yourself Back to Nature eCourse and upcoming Blog Hop, we’re making nature journals in the shape of leaves!

You could use these as fall nature journals, as booklets for leaf shape botany work, or for anything else your imagination comes up with!

Depending on the age of the children you are making them with, these nature journals can be bound in a few different ways from a simple staple to the traditional stab binding often seen in Japanese handmade books and journals.

Wonder Wednesday #37: Leaf Nature Journals

Wonder Wednesday 37, Wings, Worms , and Wonder leaf journal template pdf. Use this template to make your own leaf shaped nature journal! Click through to download the template and learn how!

 

Materials (for 1 book)

2 pieces of card stock, these are the front and back covers

3 or more pieces of recycled copy paper, these are the inner pages

Scissors or poking tools

Hole punch

Yarn

Optional:

An awl

Paper clips or binder clips

 

Preparation

Print out as many copies of the Leaf Nature Journal template on card stock and pages of copy paper as you need for the number of pages you want the journals to have and for the number of children with whom you are making journals.

Wonder Wednesday 37, Wings, Worms , and Wonder leaf journal template pdf. Use this template to make your own leaf shaped nature journal! Click through to download the template and learn how!Print out your template pdf here! Wings, Worms, and Wonder leaf journal template pdf

If you are making the journals with young children, you will probably want to have the inner pages precut and pre hole punched.

 

Procedure

Cut out (or poke out with young children) the leaf shape covers on the card stock.

Cut out the inner pages.

Wonder Wednesday 37, Wings, Worms , and Wonder leaf journal template pdf. Use this template to make your own leaf shaped nature journal! Click through to download the template and learn how!

 

Punch out the holes with the hole punch on the circles.

If you have older students, instead of hole punching, you could use the awl and explore the more traditional and professional way of punching holes when book binding.

 

Wonder Wednesday 37, Wings, Worms , and Wonder leaf journal template pdf. Use this template to make your own leaf shaped nature journal! Click through to download the template and learn how!

 

Nest the copy paper pages within the covers. At this point it is often helpful to paper clip or binder clip the pages together to prevent slipping when stitching the binding.

 

Stitch the book together using a simple overcast stitch or the stab binding stitch. If this sounds totally confusing, check out these stitch tutorial resources:

Wonder Wednesday 37, Wings, Worms , and Wonder leaf journal template pdf. Use this template to make your own leaf shaped nature journal! Click through to download the template and learn how!

This Stitch Tutorial pdf has many stitches you could try for the binding, including the overcast stitch.

Wonder Wednesday 37, Wings, Worms , and Wonder leaf journal template pdf. Use this template to make your own leaf shaped nature journal! Click through to download the template and learn how!

This short You Tube Stab binding tutorial is for an entire journal, but it teaches the basic stitch well.

 

Voila! You now have a leaf shaped nature journal!! Use it with botany work, or put it in your field bag and head out into nature and see what season change discoveries you can draw!

Wonder Wednesday 37, Wings, Worms , and Wonder leaf journal template pdf. Use this template to make your own leaf shaped nature journal! Click through to download the template and learn how!

 

How could you use these journals yourself or with the children in your life?

Share pictures of your journals on Instagram #wingswormsandwonder !

Seeds to Sprout:

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