October 28, 2011
Fall Leaves

Elizabeth is into collecting fall leaves, glue and painting so I thought I'd put them all together in a fall-themed craft.  Auntie Janice showed us how to wax the leaves so that they retain their colour better (and they stay flat!)


It's a bit involved but I think it turned out well and Elizabeth not only really enjoyed herself but she's proud of her leaf "pitcher" too.


Step 1: Collect leaves and sticks.

Step 2: Put the leaves between wax paper (waxed side towards the leaves). Cover with a tea-towel that you don't mind putting iron marks on.  Not that we ended up with iron marks, but better safe than sorry! Iron the leaves on low heat. Patience is important, so you don't cook the leaves (they get smelly then). The leaves go shiny and adhere to the wax paper. Elizabeth loves ironing so she didn't mind how long it took!

Step 3: Peel the leaves off the wax paper.

Step 4: Paint half the paper blue (sky) and the other half green (ground)

Step 5: Glue on the branches and leaves

On November 5, 2011 at 12:15 pm
Grandma H. said:
What a beautiful result! Even more impressive--cultivating a love for ironing!

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