Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Fiddling with Fall Leaves

A fun pastime I've done in years past whenever I find myself amidst colorful fall foliage or when I'm in the company of a couple of bored kids in need of a project. This maker activity has it all, from the thrill of the hunt as you search for the leaves, to the zoned-out delight of creating an artful collage, to the giftable end result.


Glue stick and index cards (or any stiff paper cut to approximate size of index card

Fall leaves of different colors, shapes, sizes

The Process:

Play with the leaves, arranging them on the card in different configurations

The goal is to create a semi-abstract fall landscape. Once you have something that pleases you, glue the leaves down to the card and then trim leaves so they are flush with the edge of the card.

Glue down framing strips on top of leaves

Cut strips from one of your blank cards lengthwise and make a number of strips about 1/2" to 1" wide. The final step is to use those strips to create a frame. Arrange the strips on top of your leaf collage, making sure the outer edges are flush with the card. Glue the strips down to create a frame.

The Final Product:

Assortment of leaf cards

Close-up of card

Close-up of card

Close-up of card

And yes, you can send these through the mail. Your chances of them arriving intact at the other end are enhanced if you add a layer of clear plastic (get self-adhesive plastic shelving material from the hardware store, sold by the foot).

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