Friday, September 6, 2013
Stained glass leaves
If your children are anything like mine, during the fall they pick up all the beautiful colored leaves and ATTEMPT to bring them into the house. I say attempt because around here, I have had to put a stop to bringing large numbers of real leaves into the house. They get left around and dry out. Then the dog, cats, or littlest country kid finds one and tries to eat it. Just over all a messy headache. I only want to vacuum, let's say twice a day, no more.
The oldest country kid is already working on raking his first leaf pile of the season..... So what is a mama to do when the young long for beautiful fall leaves? Craft some! This simple project really does add a touch of color and fun to a room. So let's get started......
I did allow one leaf in the house to use as a template (and yes the littlest country kid did try to eat it.) After tracing the pattern of the leaf on to fall colored construction paper, we cut them out. Next we folded our cut out leaves in half and cut out the centers to give us a picture frame effect. Now for the mess, we tore pieces of tissue paper up so we could use it to create the stained class effect. Of course some of those little pieces got everywhere and I had to vacuum, again.
Using clear contact paper, we put the frame on it and then filled the "frame" in with torn tissue paper. Once the tissue paper was in, we put a second piece of contact paper on the back to seal it in. Next we simply cut around the the leaf shape (leaving a small edge) to get ride of the extra contact paper. We used scotch tape and hung the leaves in the windows. The leaves look wonderful with the sun shining in through them! I must say, seeing the leave makes me smile, since not only did my son make them, but I will NEVER have to vacuum them up!