Photo by Aaron Dyer, Idea by Jean Van't Hul of ArtfulParent.com
Use beautiful fall leaves as canvases for doodle designs. Press colorful finds inside a heavy book for about 10 days, then draw on them with metallic paint markers. To add a bit more strength and shine, seal the finished leaves with Mod Podge.
Originally published in the October 2013 issue of FamilyFun magazine.
Photograph by Laura Johansen, Idea by Marie LeBaron of MakeandTakes.com
These dimensional drawings are made using leaves from your yard, lending them the subtle colors of late autumn. With a pencil, sketch a simple shape on card stock. A design with just a few lines and lots of space works best. Collect dry leaves in a bag and crush them into small pieces with your hands. Draw over the pencil lines with glue, then sprinkle on the leaf pieces. Let the glue dry, then gently tap the paper to remove any loose pieces.
Try sorting fallen leaves by color, as shown below. If you're leafless, stack stones in towers, or arrange sticks on the ground in spirals and swirls. When your child's masterpiece is complete, take a photo, then leave the art to surprise the next nature lover who comes along.
(Blog we love: This leaf project is from lilfishstudios.com, where Lisa Jordan shares her family's adventures in the woods of Minnesota.)
Photo by Laura Johansen
Celebrate fall with a crown of leaves at their colorful peak. The leaves stay in their raffia base without glue, so they can easily be swapped out as the older ones fade.
How to Make a Crown
1. Bundle a 1-inch-wide bunch of raffia strands by tying a piece around one end. Loosely braid the strands until the braided section fits around the wearer's head with a bit of overlap. 2. Form the braid into a circle. Wrap and tie a few raffia strands around the overlapping section. 3. Tuck leaf stems into the braid.
Originally published in the October 2012 issue of FamilyFun magazine