Shimmering Autumn Leaf Craft
This autumn leaf craft
makes a beautiful decoration for your
home this Fall.
This craft was taught to me by my friend
Heather, who is a school teacher and uses this craft for her fifth
It is a great craft for children around age 10
and up, and for adults. Leaf patterns are cut out of window
screening. Window screening can be bought by at a hardware
store, usually sold on a roll by the foot. For this reason,
this craft is wonderful to do in a classroom since many leaves can be
made from one foot of screening! The cheap, flimsy screening
works the best for this craft. Then, the leaves are outlined
using puffy paint and allowed to dry.
These can be hung by a mantle,
made into window hangings, made into a mobile, added to a fall wreath,
or placed around the centerpiece on the table. Be creative!
- Window screening
(the cheap, flimsy kind
is best). This is sold at hardware stores, usually on a roll,
by the foot.
- Metallic spray paint in Fall hues
silver, bronze and red look great)
- Glittery puffy
paint in Fall hues (gold,
silver, bronze, orange, red are examples)
of ribbon for tying around the stem
- Wax paper
or parchment paper
1. Begin the autumn leaf craft by
printing out the leaf
patterns by clicking here
. A new window will
open, (Adobe Reader is required)... if you don't have Adobe Reader, you
can click here for the free download
Or, create your own leaf patterns by tracing around real
leaves. Cut out the autumn leaf templates, and pin them to
the window screening with straight pins.
2. Now cut out the leaf patterns from the window screening,
and remove the pins and the paper patterns.
3. Place the leaf patterns on some old paper or newspaper,
and give them a nice coat of metallic spray paint. Allow them
to dry completely.
Remove the dry leaves from the newspaper, and place them on
wax paper or parchment paper. Using the puffy paint, trace
each leaf around the edge. Then, add on the veins of the leaf, as
shown. Allow these to dry completely.
5. When the autumn leaf craft is dry, gently peel them away
from the wax paper or parchment paper. Tie a bow around the
stem with the craft ribbon.
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