How To Make Nature Art With Leaves And Spray Bottles

We love this creative art project for fun outdoors! It’s simple, easy to set up and doesn’t need many materials. From the Mom Explores The Smokies website, it also comes with a scientific extension for inquisitive minds. Click the source link at the end of the article for more details and a printable.


  • spray bottles
  • food colouring
  • water
  • white construction paper or card stock
  • a variety of collected nature items


Begin by mixing your spray bottles. If possible use clear spray bottles, so your kids can see which colour is in the bottle. To mix, add about a cup of tap water to the bottle. Then, add drops of food colouring to the bottle and shake. Continue adding food colouring until the spray is as dark as you want it.

Go outside and collect items such as sticks, small branches, leaves in different shapes, wild flowers, acorns, pine cones, and stones. You can begin with 1 sheet of paper, or tape a few sheets together to create a larger canvas. Once the paper is ready, have your kids arrange their collected nature items on the paper however they like.

With the collected items in place, use the spray bottle to spray colour all over the paper in an abstract manner. The kids can get as crazy as they want with this. There is no right or wrong. They can spray as much or as little as they want.

After spraying, allow your paper to dry. Then, remove the nature items and admire the beautiful creation.

Source: Mom Explores The Smokies