During Fall there are plenty of projects that you can make at home with your kids. Making a leaf picture frame can really be a lot of fun, and is easy to make. You will need the following item for your painted leaf picture frame. First you will need to get a plastic Ziploc bag. Go on a nature walk with your children and pick up some leaves. Have your child pick up leaves that are of different colors, and different shapes and sizes. You will also need several pieces of white construction paper and some wood. The wood that you will need you can find at your local arts and craft store, you will also need glue, scissors, crayons. You can also use popsicle sticks which are usually sold in a box at your local craft store.
Once you have all of your materials you can get started with making your painted leaf picture frame. The first thing you will want to do after your nature walk is make your frame. Take about eight pieces of wood and make a small hand size square. You will want to layer the sticks so that you will be able to get a picture in. Some like to put the picture in before the frame has had a chance to set. If you want to put the picture in now you can but it will probably end up glued in once the glue dries. I personally prefer to allow the glue to dry first and then put the picture in. The edges of the sticks should overlap slightly so that you can glue them together. Allow the glue to dry completely. If you are using regular Elmer’s glue for this project it should not take long for it to dry completely. After you have collected your leaves you will want to trace them onto the construction paper. You can use a pencil and trace the leaves. Your child can then color in the leaves to match the exact color of the leaves.
Once you have finished tracing, and coloring in your leaves you can have your child cut them out. Once they are all cut out you can glue them onto the outside of the frame. Your child can actually position the leaves any way they would like on the front of the frame. After the glue has dried you can next insert a picture if you have not already done so.