Fall is my favorite time of year, no doubt about it. Along with the cool, sweet air and harvest moons, I absolutely love that one-of-a-kind bright-red color that seems to suddenly explode from the sugar maples. The other fall colors: shimmering golds, greens, and deep oranges that sing from the trees are equally as dazzling.
I find myself wishing I could somehow preserve the beauty and color that comes with autumn foliage. Collecting and pressing leaves is fun in and of itself, but did you know how many craft projects you can do with a leaf or two?
Autumn Leaves Stained Glass Windows
I lived up in New England for a time, which happens to be the most beautiful place in the United States of America to experience fall (in my humble opinion). While there I learned a simple way to make Autumn Leaves Stained Glass Windows. This is a great craft activity to do with kids and turns out beautiful, instantly bringing the colors of autumn foliage right into your home.
Here’s what you need:
- Leaves. They can be freshly fallen (still flexible, not crumbly or dry and able to lie flat) or pressed and dried. If you want to use pressed leaves (I’d recommend them for best results): place leaves between pages of a heavy book, lie on a flat surface, and add another heavy book or two. Check in a few days to make sure the leaves are completely dry.
- 2 sheets of waxed paper – cut equal lengths, however big you desire your “pane” to be. I like to make mine the length of the window I’ll be hanging it up in, but I plan on trying to make a bunch of shorter, square-shaped panes and hanging them up on my window in a pattern. Be creative
- Crayons, preferably in fall colors. Grab those yellows, greens, browns, oranges, and reds – but hey – if you want to use neon pink or your favorite blue, I’m not going to judge you. You’ll be shredding them up, so don’t use your kid’s new school set.
- Warm iron and ironing board.
- Clear tape
Here’s what you do:
- Lay out one sheet of waxed paper flat on the ironing board, shiny side (or wax-side) up. The wax will help the leaves stick.
- Place leaves on waxed paper in your desired design. Be creative or be random, use as many or little leaves as you’d like.
- Shave crayons using an old cheese grater (or however else you can think to get some nice thin shavings).
- Sprinkle the different color shavings around your leaf designs.
- Place the other piece of waxed paper (waxed side down) over your design, make sure you line up the edges.
- Cover with a thin cloth or paper towel.
- Iron with a warm (low setting) iron until all the crayon wax appears to have melted, and the waxed paper is fused together.
- Tape up finished panes on a window that gets lots of sunshine. You’ll love how it looks!
There you have it. Now get out there for nice brisk walk and find some leaves. Also be sure to try Decoupaging with Autumn Leaves.