Imagine you are talking a walk with the kids on a brisk fall day. It isn’t to cold and it isn’t to hot. You are walking along and the kids decide to gather some leaves, twigs, and acorns. You let them because they are enjoying their walk but once you get home, you begin to wonder what you are to do with their “treasures”. Eventually, you end up tossing them out because they are brittle and taking up room.
Instead of throwing nature’s treasures out, make some crafts that will bring the wonder of fall indoors. Here are two projects that will help get you started.
Leaves will make an excellant bowl for those acorns.
White PVA glue (usually found at most hobby stores)
Lots of fall leaves (dry but whole)
1. Make sure the leaves are completely dry but are still whole. Gather up the differant colored leaves.
2. Dilute the glue with water (50/50 ratio). Soak the leaves in the mixture for no more than 15 minutes.
3. While the leaves are soaking, use acrylic paint to paint the acorns. Rub the inside of the ceramic bowl with the Petroleum Jelly.
4. When the leaves are finished, take them out of the mixture (one at a time) and place in the bowl. Repeat this process until all the leaves are used. Layering the leaves as you go.
5. Let the leaves dry overnight. Then remove and put the acorns in your leaf bowl. You can even place a candle in the middle and surround the candle with the acorns. Then place on the coffee table for a fall decoration or use it as a centerpiece for the dining table.
Create A Family Tree:
Making a family tree with the fall leaves are a great way to display your hertiage or it can be a great gift for your grandparents or parents.
Lots of leaves
Brown Construction paper
1. Lightly sketch a tree form onto the poster board, using the pencil. Once that is complete, cut out the trunk of the tree with the brown construstion paper. Glue the trunk onto the poster board.
2. Cut out the branches using the brown paper or roll up the brown paper to resemble a 3-D branch. Glue the branches on the tree.
3. Make sure that the leaves are dry. Carefully, glue the family photos onto the leaves. Just as carefully, write the person’s name under the photo with birthdate and date of death (if they are no longer with you). Then laminate the photo leaves.
4. Adhere the leaves to the branches in order. For instance, your great-grandparents should go on the tree first, then your grandparents, then parents, your siblings and yourself, and then the kids.
5. Go to a hobby store and get a frame made that will accomadate your family tree. Place the tree inside the frame and hang up. If you are giving this as a gift then wrap it up and store it in a safe spot, so the glass or frame will not get broken.
Fall leaves are a great resource for creating craft projects. You can make just about anything for display. So, next time you are in the mood to do a fall project, go shopping in your own backyard for a great crafting material. Have fun!