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Wednesday, 12 October 2011
Autumn leaves are falling...
Golden, you are,
Golden sovereigns on your trees.
Golden guineas on your floor,
golden coins of leaves that fall
for us to scuffle through
and rustle 
and rattle
and hustle
and scrabble
and dabble
and paddle
as they fall
into an Octobr carpet
which hides
our shoes.
~Elsa Beskow, Around the Year
...and what a gorgeous autumn it is!
I have been remiss in my blogging because we have been playing outisde in the glory of this season.
We even celebrated Thanksgiving with an outdoor meal and bonfire this year!
As part of our preparation for Thanksgiving, Rowan and a friend (age 6) created some fall leaves of their own to decorate.  These leaves worked well scattered on our festive table, but could also be used to form an autumn garland.

Suitable for any age (with help). 
Adult required for glue gun (and cutting depending on children's ages)

• hot glue gun + glue
• coffee filters~ we used brown paper cones as we try to avoid bleached paper, and the cones provided twice the leaves per filter than standard circular filters.  White, thinner filters would create brighter leaves with a bit more colour blending... experiment!
• water colour paints, or any watered down paint
• palette and brushes
• scissors
• leaf templates or stencils if desired
• brush rinsing cup and rag
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1) Cut Out Leaves
While the moms cut out leaves (free hand~ but you could print a leaf picture and trace it!), we sent the girls off to find autumn leaves for inspiration.
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 2) Create the Veins in the Leaves
Using a hot glue gun, draw on the veins of the leaves. Set aside to cool/ dry.
3) Prepare the Paints
Mix up your desired colours~ we went with yellows, orange, red, brown and magenta.
You will want to have a lot of water mixed with your pigment to help the colours spread across the filters.
4) Paint the Leaves
Pass out the paintbrushes and paint the leaves.
Experiment with blending colours.
Use real leaves for inspiration!
Make some muti-coloured....
 and some solid...
Set aside finished leaves to dry.
5) Decorate!

Have fun making your own fall leaves, and be sure to link us up to your finished project! 
We would love to see it! ♥♥


Unknown said...

OH I LOVE THESE!! We just used coffee filters to make a peacock craft and I've been trying to think of how we could use them for a fall craft. This is just perfect! Thank you for the great idea!

Unknown said...

you're welcome! have fun!

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