Fall temperatures bring more than just cold weather, dormant plants, and kids having to stay inside. It brings lots of leaves. Many of us dislike the chore of raking up the leaves, and no matter how often we do it there still always seem to be more in the yard. There are many pretty crafts you can make using the prettier leaves, but what do you do with the brown leaves? Ever notice how some of those brown leaves have really unique shapes?
If you have children this is a fun craft for them to do, if you don’t have children that’s OK too because these turn out so nicely that you can frame them and use them as wall décor in your home.
Go outside and collect some of those dead leaves. Try not to get leaves that have holes in them or that are brittle and crumble in your hand. Also try to only get ones that are still relatively flat or can be flattened out without breaking apart. You can pick up individual leaves, or a cluster of leaves that have fallen together.
After you have several leaves of all different shapes and sizes (or if you just want to have, one single leaf, that will give you an elegant and modern look). Go inside and place the leaves under a heavy book or stack of magazines. An hour or two should be fine, but you can leave them there over night if you wish.
Next you will need either a canvas or some construction paper in a white or light solid color. You will also need a spray bottle, liquid tempura paint, water, and newspaper (or table cloth or drop cloth).
Lay down a drop cloth, table cloth or several layers of newspaper covering the entire work surface where you will be working. You don’t want spray to get onto anything important.
Fill the spray bottle with a diluted paint mixture of one part paint to two parts water. If you have more than one spray bottle you can fill each one with a different color. If you only have one spray bottle then you will need to wash the spray bottle out after each color you use.
Choose the leaves that you like best and arrange them on the construction paper or canvas in the way that you like best. They work best if they do not overlap too much. However, if you do want to over lap them, I suggest placing the smallest leaf down first, spraying that color, then removing the leaves, putting the second leaf on top of those where you want them to over lap and then use a different color to spray that leaf.
So, the next step is to spray the leaves with the diluted paint mixture in the spray bottle. If you would like to make sure your leaves stay in place you can either hold them with one hand, or you can roll a piece of scotch tape into a circle and tape the leaf down. Scotch tape is not very strong so it will allow you to remove the leaf when you’re done.
After you have sprayed the leaves in the color(s) you like, pick up the leaves and look at the pattern then left on the paper! The “shadow” of the leaves will be there on the paper. Allow to dry. Use a natural or minimal frame to frame the picture and display in your house.