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Leaf Skeletons
Parents help required with boiling water

Supplies:

  • Leaves that are in good condition (the larger the variety, the better)
  • Boiling water
  • Brush
  • Bleach
  • Colored construction paper
  • Paint (optional)
  • Clear contact paper (optional)

    Instructions:

    1. Heat a saucepan of water. When it is close to boiling, add the leaves.
    2. Simmer the leaves until the leafy part starts to come away from the veins of the leaves (approximately one hour)
    3. Carefully remove the leaves from the water with a strainer and lay them flat to cool.
    4. Using the brush, gently brush away the leafy parts from the veins of the leaves.
    5. Place the leaf skeletons into water with approximately one teaspoon of bleach. Let sit for an hour.
    6. Remove them from the bleach and water mixture and rinse them gently under cold water. Let dry.
    7. Place on coloured paper. Cover with clear contact paper.
    8. If you would rather paint the leaf skeletons, omit the bleaching process.


    Leaf Book Covers
    Parents help required with iron

    Supplies:

  • Brown paper bag
  • Scissors
  • Book to cover
  • Oil pastel sticks
  • Newspapers
  • Brown shoe polish
  • Paper towel
  • Gold spray paint
  • Spray adhesive
  • Iron
  • Dried pressed leaves
  • Raffia
  • Glossy decoupage medium
  • Paint brush

    Instructions:

    1. Cut a piece of brown paper bag larger than the size of the book to be covered. Lay it flat and color the entire surface randomly using oil pastel sticks. Apply color heavily, overlapping.
    2. Crumple colored paper with colored side inward. Hold under running water, squeezing paper until completely soaked. Squeeze out excess water. Uncrinkle.
    3. Lay wet, wrinkled paper on newspapers. Dab a generous amount of shoe polish onto wet wrinkled paper. Let polish soak into wrinkles. Dab off extra shoe polish with paper towels.
    4. Lay wet wrinkled paper onto newspaper and lightly spray with a mist of gold spray paint from an angle. Spray lightly so the paint does not cover the crevices. Let the paper dry.
    5. Cover ironing board. Iron with a cool iron on wrong side leaving a texture (you don't want to iron out all the wrinkles). Apply spray adhesive to the back side of paper and lay on work surface with the sticky side up. Lay book on paper, allowing paper to extend beyond the edges. Trim each side to make neat edges, leaving enough to fold inward. Fold in all edges neatly, using extra adhesive where needed.
    6. Paint a coat of decoupage over surface of covered album. Let dry.
    7. Spray a dried, pressed leaf (leaves) and a small amount of raffia gold. Let them dry.
    8. Apply a generous amount of decoupage to area where you want the leaf (leaves) and raffia placed. Arrange items on the paper. Paint decoupage over leaf (leaves) and raffia until secured. Apply several coats if needed.


    Leaf-Laden Pots

    Supplies:

  • Leaves
  • Heavy Book
  • Terra-cotta flowerpot
  • Rubber cement
  • Burgundy, purple or other desired colors of spray paint (orange, red, gold, yellow)

    Instructions:

    1. Choose leaves that have an interesting shape that will fit on the clay pot. to flatten the leaves, place them under a heavy book until dry.
    2. Wash and dry flowerpot. Brush rubber cement on one side of leaves. Let it dry. Brush on a second coat. Let it dry to a tacky, but not dry stage. Position leaves onto the pot to create a pattern.
    3. Spray a light coat of the desired paint color over the entire pot. Spray a second light coat if necessary. Let the paint dry.
    4. Peel off the leaves. Rub off any remaining rubber cement from the pot.


    Autumn Leaf Placemat

    Supplies:

  • Clear contact paper
  • Construction paper
  • Markers
  • Leaves

    Instructions:

    1. Cut 2 pieces of clear contact paper about 2-feet long.
    2. Take a piece of construction paper and start placing leaves where you want them.
    3. With your markers add your name or holiday message to the mat.
    4. Remove the backing from one piece of contact paper. Stick it on the mat. Turn your mat over and decorate that side too. Remove the backing from the other piece of contact paper. Stick it on the mat.
    5. Trim around the edges of the mat (do not trim close to the construction paper or your mat will fall apart)


    Leaf-Imprinted Coasters

    Supplies:

  • Self-hardening pottery clay
  • Waxed paper
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Nature objects
  • Butter knife
  • Matte acrylic varnish
  • Paintbrush
  • White tempera paint
  • Sponge

    Instructions:

    1. Create a template by cutting a 4-inch square out of cardboard. Cover the work area with a piece of waxed paper and use a rolling pin to flatten a 2 1/2-inch ball of clay to 1/4-inch thickness for each coaster.
    2. Arrange a pattern of leaves or pine needles on top of the clay and gently press them into the clay with the rolling pin, leaving distinct impressions. Make pine cone images by gently pressing in the cones by hand. Remove leaves and pine cones.
    3. Place the cardboard template on top of the clay. Use a butter knife to cut away the clay around the cardboard, then lift away the excess clay.
    4. Place the coasters on a clean piece of waxed paper and set aside to dry according to the package directions. (this can take a full day)
    5. Once the coasters have dried completely, cover with a thin layer of matte acrylic varnish. Let dry for 45 minutes, then accent the designs using a damp sponge to apply a light layer of white paint to the raised area of the coaster and dab a little more into the impressions to highlight them. Let the paint dry thoroughly before adding a last coat of varnish.


    Leaf-Laden Cards

    Supplies:

  • Paper
  • Autumn leaves
  • Colored pencils or crayons
  • Poster paint and brushes

    Instructions:

    1. Fold a sheet of paper in half widthwise and place a leaf, vein side up, inside the folded sheet. You will now have a card with a leaf hidden inside.
    2. Use colored pencils or crayons to gently rub over the leaf so that the shape becomes visible on the cover of the card (switch colors midway to create a colorful leaf). Remove the leaf, then repeat with other leaves and colors.
    3. To make painted leaf prints, first cover the work area with newspaper. Place a leaf vein side up on the newspaper and dab paint onto the leaf (dab other colors onto the same leaf to make a colorful leaf). Carefully picking up the leaf, place it paint side down on the front of the card and press down on it to make a print. Repeat with other leaves.
    4. Add a holiday message or general greeting on the cover of the card.


    Fall Wreath

    Supplies:

  • Leaves, acorns and pine cones
  • Bow made out of fall colored ribbon
  • Brown paint
  • Paper plates
  • Glue

    Instructions:

    1. Cut the center out of a paper plate and paint the plate, brown.
    2. When the plates are dry use glue to paste leaves, acorns and pine cones around the plate.
    3. Glue bow on wreath.


    Leaf Bookmarks

    Supplies:

  • Leaves (all shapes, small sizes, all colors)
  • Large books (telephone book, encyclopedia)
  • White poster board
  • Glue
  • Permanent markers
  • Contact paper
  • Scissors

    Instructions:

    1. Press leaves between two clean sheets of paper in a large book. After 2-4 weeks they will be dried and flat.
    2. Cut several bookmark shape rectangles out of poster board with scissors. Place leaves on the bookmark in a pattern you like. Glue them in place. Let dry.
    3. Decorate your bookmark with marker. You can right your name, phrases, words or draw designs.
    4. Cut a section of clear contact paper that is larger than your bookmark. Lay your bookmark upside down very carefully on one edge of the contact paper making sure it is centered. Cut another piece of contact paper exactly the same and do the same thing to the other side of your bookmark. Carefully smooth down the contact paper so there are no bubbles then trim the contact paper to ¼-inch around the edge of the bookmark.

    Note: You may put a hole in the top with a paper punch and tie a ribbon through the hole.


    Leaf Guide Book
    Parents help required with iron

    Supplies:

  • Leaves (all shapes, all sizes, all colors)
  • Large books (telephone book, encyclopedia)
  • Wax paper
  • Iron
  • Piece of colored construction paper (8½ X 11)
  • Stapler
  • Labels
  • Permanent black marker

    Instructions:

    1. Press leaves between two clean sheets of paper in a large book. After 2-4 weeks they will be dried and flat.
    2. Remove leaves from book very carefully.
    3. For each leaf you will need wax paper cut approximately 8 x 10 inches.
    4. Fold wax paper in half with fold to the right. Place leaf facing up inside the wax paper. Do this will all leaves.
    5. Press leaf in wax paper with an iron. Do this for all leaves.
    6. Stack the waxed leaf papers with fold of paper to the right.
    7. Fold construction paper in half.
    8. Insert the stack of wax papers into the folded construction paper so that the fold of the wax paper is pointing out.
    9. Staple at the fold side of construction paper to secure the leaves in the wax paper.
    10. Place labels on all pages of the leaf guide book and print the name of the leaf on the label.

    Note: To make sure you label your leaves properly, use the following resources: Leaf Types, Common Fall Leaves, Leaf Identification Chart and Leaf Identification.


    Leaf Rubbing

    Supplies:

  • Leaves (all shapes and sizes)
  • White paper
  • Crayons

    Instructions:

    1. On a piece of plain white paper, position leaves vein side up in a pattern that you like.
    2. Lay another sheet of plain white paper over the top of the leaves.
    3. Select the colored crayons that you would like to use to create your rubbing and peel off the paper wrappers.
    4. Turn the crayon on its side and gently rub over the top sheet of paper. Use more than one color for great designs.


    Leaf People

    Supplies:

  • Leaves (all shapes, all sizes, all colors)
  • Small twigs, pinecones and acorns
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Colored construction paper
  • Black permanent marker

    Instructions:

    1. Choose some leaves that resemble parts of people (heads, arms, legs, body, etc.). You may have to cut some of the leaves to fit the pattern of people better.
    2. Glue the shapes down on construction paper.
    3. If you want, you can use the pinecones for bodies, twigs for arms, acorn tops for hats and the acorn nut for a ball.
    4. Use the marker to add facial features or details to "clothing".

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