Monday, October 17, 2011

Fall Children's Art Project: What I'm Makin' Monday

DIY Fall Crayon Leaves.

Here's a fun family craft to try with your kiddos if they won't eat the crayons...
What you need
Wax paper (about $1.25 at walmart)
Crayons (50 cents a box if you don’t have any laying around)
Sharpie (later I found a pencil worked better for second tracing)
Brown paper grocery bag
Not pictured:
*pencil sharpener with larger hole (or cheese grater or scissors)
*paper towels
*leaf or two

1. Cut open a brown paper bag and lay it down to try and protect your counters.

2) Then peel paper off crayons and make shavings using a pencil sharpener.
3) Rip two pieces of wax paper off the roll and sprinkle one sheet with crayon shavings. Lighter sprinkling (not heavy concentrations) works best. Brown and dark colors didn’t work as well as the brighter ones. Hot pink worked great with the oranges!
4) Place the second sheet of wax paper on top of the shavings,
...Put a paper towel or two down on top and iron.
5) Trace your leaf with the sharpie, then set your melted creation ('sandwich') on top of the leaf drawing and trace leaf shapes. (The second tracing step here worked better with a pencil)
6) Cut out the leaves! You can add stems to some, but they’re kind of fragile and crunch off easy.
TADAA! What do you think?! You could use fishing line or thread and make a really neat mobile, or tape them to a window for the sun to shine through.
This would make a great Fall decoration for a classroom too!

I may try to turn mine into a mobile and hang it outside. I'll add some more photos once I complete that task!

Big thanks to Cambria Laine for this craft idea.

Make anything lately? Craft? Food? Anything? Please link up and share, I'd love to see!

What I'm Making Monday

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