Family Time Calendar: Get Crafty - iVillage

Fall fashions play up the rich colors of autumn and the colors of turning leaves: vibrant oranges, warm browns and golden yellows tinged with rust. Real leaves provide the basic materials for kids to craft funky leaf crowns and cuff bracelets. Be sure to collect strong autumn leaves that are still supple; some fall leaves are too brittle to craft with.

What you'll need:

  • Assorted leaves of all colors -- including leaves that are still green!
  • Masking tape
  • Poster board
  • Stapler

What you'll do:

To assemble a leaf crown, cut a long strip of poster board that is two inches wide. Measure it around your child's head and staple it together to make a crown. Trim off any excess. Use glue or staples to attach colored leaves to the paper crown, overlapping them for visual interest.

To make a tiara, cut a triangle out of poster board that is roughly the width of your child's forehead. Center a large leaf in the middle of the triangle and fill in the sides with smaller leaves. Staple the leaf triangle to a strip of poster board that fits around her head. If desired, decorate the strip with more leaves.

To make unique cuff bracelets, wrap a piece of masking tape around your child's wrist so the sticky side faces up. Then take her for a walk and as she finds interesting leaves, encourage her to stick them onto her bracelet. She can also add flowers, small twigs or seeds.

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