Showing posts with label leaves. Show all posts
Showing posts with label leaves. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Etceteras: faux wood leaves

I’m loving fall right now. Every time I open a magazine, I see dozens of great ideas and my project list is growing. This project was quick and easy so it made it to the top of the list and was quickly checked off. 


Monday, September 5, 2011

Inkling: fall leaf doily envelope

Today is Labor Day, a United States holiday that celebrates the contributions workers have made to our country. For most of us, Labor Day unofficially means the end of summer.

The crisp whites, pale blues, shells and driftwood will soon be replaced on our shelves and mantles with burnt orange, acorns and falling leaves. I’m not quite ready to make a full transition from summer to autumn yet but this doily autumn leaf envelope is helping me get in the fall mood.

I found these doily leaves at the Dollar Store and glued a few onto a piece of kraft paper that I had folded into an envelope. A bit of twine and twigs finish it off.

 How about you? Are you ready to say goodbye to summer and head into fall?
To those of you in the U.S. – enjoy the holiday!



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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Little Craft: leaf imprints and water color

Leaf imprints are an age-old kid’s craft that never gets old. Here’s a twist on making leaf imprints that adds a different dimension to the craft – a water color finish.

Start by collecting leaves in various shapes and sizes. The more texture and veins the leaf has, the more interesting the finished piece will be.

Use a glue stick to secure your leaf to a piece of printer paper. The side facing up should be the more textured side. Place another sheet of paper on top of the leaf.

Optional: Use painter’s tape to secure the corners of the paper to your craft table so that the paper doesn’t move around. This makes it easier for kids to make the imprint.
Rub the side of a crayon over the leaf making an imprint. Once you have all your leaf imprints, cover the images with water color paint. Your results will vary depending on the color of crayon and color of paint.

Mount the masterpieces on colorful paper and hang to display.



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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Dirt: skeleton leaves

Have you ever made skeleton leaves? You can buy skeleton leaves in craft stores but I wanted to try making some.

I found several “how to” tutorials online. The first one is from Heather at The Other White House. Heather used laundry powder and states in her post that she tried various recipes and this one is the only one that worked.

The second tutorial I found on ehow. This tutorial uses baking soda and baking powder. It’s an alternative to using laundry powder which is caustic to skin and produces fumes.

I thought I’d try the baking soda and baking powder recipe first since I had those items on hand and it seemed safer.


Here are the directions via ehow:

1. Place a large pot filled with water on the stove and begin to heat it. Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of baking powder to each quart of water in the pan.
2.  Add all of your leaves and allow the water to boil. Then reduce the heat to have the water mixture simmer.
3. After about an hour, check your leaves. Some should be soft and mushy looking. Remove a few of these to begin to turn them into skeleton leaves.

I gathered camellia, ivy and geranium leaves and simmered them according to the directions. After an hour and a half the geranium leaves were a complete mush and not usable. The camellia leaves hadn’t softened a bit. The ivy leaves seemed ready and so I used a soft brush as directed and gently tried to sweep away the green flesh.

I ripped several leaves but managed to salvage these three. I didn’t get all the green flesh off these leaves. Even though they’re not perfect I still think they’re fascinating to look at.

I think I will try the laundry powder method next time.  I should have listened to Heather at The Other White House since she had tried several recipes. Live and learn…




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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Inkling: fall envelope garland

Bowls overflowing with pumpkins and gourds, cornucopias and wreaths generously packed with fall leaves surround us this time of year. They’re colorful, beautiful and symbolic of abundance. When assembling my fall garland, I decided to take a different approach.


I used small envelopes and stamped them with leaves using gold and green ink. Then I threaded them onto string.


Rather than clustering the leaves and wheat, peeking out of each envelope is a single stalk of wheat or fall leaf.

I love the rich abundance of fall, but sometimes a simple touch can still be plenty.