A Quick Autumn Craft

I rarely put craft ideas on to my blog—there are so many other folks out there who are so creative and ‘crafty’ I generally leave it to them—but this craft has always been one of my favorites. It is so simple and so effective. I can remember years ago—maybe 15 years ago?—working with a group of local homeschoolers on the farm where I used to live, showing them this craft and all of them being amazed and filled with wonder!

So—this is for you folks who live where the trees are turning. Go out with your children and gather some beautiful leaves. Make sure they have long stems.

Get some paraffin wax (uh –before you go out gathering leaves) and a way to melt it. What I always did with my boys (and visiting homeschool groups) was to set up a hot plate outside with a large pan of water and a small pan of wax balanced on that—kind of like a bain marie, for melting chocolate.

Then what you do is take the leaves, one at a time and quickly dip them in and out of the wax. Getting the temperature and the speed of dipping right is the only tricky part. If the wax is too hot the leaves will wilt and if the wax is not hot enough you’ll get a thick coating. You almost don’t want to be able to see that the leaves have been waxed.

Dip quickly—and it’s more of a wiping through the wax motion than a dipping or ducking.

Then – there you go! The leaves dry very quickly. They can be scattered on a table or around the Nature Table. They can be threaded through their stems and hung by string in your window to look like falling leaves. They can be strung round a embroidery hoop (or flexible stick tied into a circle) and hung as a mobile.

The leaves last a long time and are beautiful! Enjoy!

Posted on September 28, 2018 in Seasons and Festivals

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