It's that time of year again, when the leave start to shift, change and begin their slow fall to the ground. In anticipation of the fall colors, we made a painted leaf bunting for our home to celebrate the changing season. It was a perfect activity for 4 year olds, but even the 1 year old helped collect leaves and did a bit of her own painting.
To make your own leaf bunting, start by leaf collecting around your backyard, park or nearby forest. Try to find different shapes, colors, and sizes. (we chose to the focus was on recognizing the differences, not on identifying the leaves - although this may be a good activity for older children).
Next paint the leaves. Water colors worked well for us, although most paints will work . If you are going to wash the flags, you will want to use fabric paint, or something permanent. You need to use a lot of paint to get a good leaf since the paint soaks into the fabric. Don't forget to try both the tops and bottoms of the leaves for different designs.
Once your leaf is loaded up with paint, press it onto a rectangular piece of fabric of your choice. Set the leaf on the fabric, cover with a clothe, paper towel or piece of paper and press the leaf into the fabric. You can use a rolling pin to get a uniform press, or simply because rolling pins are fun. The small mistakes are really what make these prints beautiful.
Once you've pulled off the leaf, let your prints dry completely.
There are several link your flags. To make the project simple for little hands, try threading a needle with embroidery floss, thread, or ribbon, and stitch a few stitches along the top of each flag until you've strung all the flags.
We were all thrilled with how the project came out. You could also to try white paint on colored fabric or use the leaf prints to decorate cards, journals, or other paper products.
I shared at:
Creative Me at the Southern Institute
Autumnal Blog Hop