September Leaves Craft
September marks the start of what is arguably the best season of all: autumn. While we haven’t yet reached crisp mornings, pumpkin spice everything, and copious amounts of warming tea, we can see the start of the seasons changing in the trees around us. This month’s craft uses fall leaves as the centerpiece. Since it requires a natural element, this project can bring you and your little ones outside–whether that’s on a walk, in your backyard, or at the park.
To begin, you’ll need:
- At least 4 leaves, preferably of different variations
- Watercolor spray
- *You can purchase these, but see notes for a DIY option
- White cardstock paper
- Newspaper or dropcloth
- Masking tape (optional)
- Prepare your art space by putting down a drop cloth or paper to protect your table.
- Alternatively, you can do this outside on the cement or grass.
- Arrange your leaves face down on your cardstock paper. Set them up in any way you’d like.
- If you want to secure them in place, gently attach the leaves to the cardstock with masking tape. Don’t press too firmly–this could lift up a layer of the paper upon removal.
- Spritz the watercolor spray as desired around the leaves.
- Allow the paint to dry.
- Remove leaves
- Hang up your masterpiece!
For the optional DIY watercolor spray:
- Travel size spray bottles
- For much smaller children (5 and under), you may want to opt for a small bottle with a spray handle. This is easier for tiny hands.
- Tempera paint
- Drop about a teaspoon of tempera paint into a spray bottle.
- Add ¼ cup of water.
- Shake to mix.
- Repeat for the desired amount of colors/bottles available.
Snap a picture of your craft and tag @beniciamagazine on Instagram. We would love to see your versions of this September inspired craft!
Photo Credit: The Craft Classroom