Greensboro leaves are turning such vibrant colors this time of year and you will no doubt have plenty of shapes and sizes to choose from.
Do you have a multitude of leaves that have fallen from your trees? Before you rake them up and send them off to the curb for the city to pick up, consider these 3 fun crafts to do with your children. They will add fun and color to your home.
Here is the supply list of things you will need:
- Paint brushes
- Wax paper (or contact paper)
- Heavy books
Collect various shapes of leaves around the yard. glue them to your paper and create fun pictures of animals, people, even buildings and trees. There is no limit to your creativity with this one. Make a “Leaf Family.” Complete with Mom, Dad, siblings and pets. Or create a whole “Leaf City.”
Using various leaves that you collected (it is strongly suggested that you use flexible, soft leaves because dry leaves will not work well with this project), paint the back side of your leaves with a coat of paint. Using Fall colors looks best, but sometimes kids like pink, purple or even blue leaves too!!! Gently press the leaves to your paper and lift them up. You will have a beautiful leaf print! After drying, you can cut the leaves out to make Thanksgiving cards, place mats or even glue them to a ribbon to make a leaf garland for your home.
Before pressing your leaves, make sure they are dry and flat. Lay them between sheets of newspaper and place heavy books on top of your leaves. Allow them to flatten and dry for at least 24 hours. Place your leaves between two pieces of wax paper. Using an iron set on medium heat press the paper slowly for about 10 seconds. Allow wax paper to cool before handling.
*Note: If you do not want to use wax paper and an iron, you can also place the leaves on contact paper. Just be sure to get all the “bubbles” out while pressing the two pieces of paper together.
There you have it! Three easy and fun crafts with leaves for your whole family to enjoy!!!!