One of my favorite crafts to do with my kids when they were little was to make homemade fall leaf placemats. Thanksgiving was always hosted at my house and I loved showing off my little geniuses artwork. I also let everyone take the original piece of art home as a parting gift. The guests were grandparents, aunts, and uncles so they wanted artwork from the kids, I didn’t force friends to take it even though I knew they were masterpieces… I get it.
So how do we create these amazing pieces?
- Send the kids outside to collect colored leaves. If you don’t live in the north, go to your local craft store and buy a small bag of fake colored leaves, these will work too.
- Shave crayons. You can use a knife but adults need to do this part. Shave the crayons into a paper plate and try to keep the colors separated
- Cut wax paper about 12-18 inches. This depends on the size you’d like your placemats. You’ll need 2 pieces for each placemat cut approximately the same length.
- Place one sheet of wax paper down and have the kids place their colored leaves on it. The leaves should not overlap and there should be at least 2 inches all around the edge that do not have leaves.
- Sprinkle shaved crayon in between the leaves on the wax paper
- Place 2nd piece of wax paper directly on top of the leaves and crayons, trying to line it up with the bottom piece
- An adult will then place a dishtowel over the wax paper and iron it making the 2 pieces melt together as well as the wax from the crayons
- Once totally secure to each other, trim all sides to make them even. You can use pinking shears if you’d like to get fancy
**To make the process easier. Have a towel as each child’s work area and you can simply have the child move so you can go in and iron. Then nobody gets burned!
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