Working Moms Can Craft! {A Fall Foliage Garland}

 

I love doing crafts with the kids.  We do 2-3 per week!  Most are pretty simple and kid driven, meaning I try to do something related to what the kids are learning about in school or are interested in at the moment.  I also try to make them quick and easy to do.

One craft that we did recently was a Fall Foliage Garland. It was a super fun one that we did over the span of an evening after work last week.

 

Fall Foliage Garland Craft

What you’ll need:

  • Several real fall leaves of different shapes, sizes
  • Construction paper in fall colors (red, orange, yellow, black, tan)
  • Pencil
  • Safety scissors
  • Glue
  • Paper towels
  • Masking tape or something to use to hang it on the wall
  • Any decorative items you wish (glitter, real acorns, stickers, go wild!)

Easy-peasy steps:

  1. Take a quick nature walk and have the kids collect their favorite leaves.
  2. Select a few favorites and help the kids trace them onto the construction paper.
  3. Stack several pieces of construction paper together, with your template on top, and cut out the leaf shapes.  {Of course, you decide if your child can help with the cutting-out part.}  For fun, trace a few hand prints and cut them out to use as ‘leaves’!
  4. Give each child a pile of leaves and have them decorate them however they like!  {In our case, they got bored after 4-5 leaves and just wanted to skip to the gluing part so I decorated a lot of them.}  We used glitter glue and real acorns.  It’s fun to see the leaves all over the kitchen table!  Wait a little while for glue to dry if you need to.
  5. Finally, on top of paper towels on the floor, glue the leaves together one by one on their ends to make a line of leaves.
  6. Once dry, hang up your festive garland!

We love garland crafts.  It’s easy to do a variation on this every season.  Hearts for Valentine’s Day.  Flowers for spring.  Snowflakes for winter.  Plus, it adds seasonal ambiance to your home!  Happy crafting!

About the author

Mary Beth is married and works full-time in the public health arena. She has a daughter born in 2008 and a son born in 2010. She's only recently feeling settled as a sane(ish!) family with a nice(ish!) routine. She blogs at blooMBing and tweets as @blooMBing.

2 Comments

  1. Tracy says:

    I’m totally doing this with Abby. She loves art project and I need to step up my game at home with her.
    Twitter: wa_tracy

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