Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Making Our Own Fall Leaves: Stained Glass Style

Given the lack of any real fall leaves in the area of Texas where we are, we've decided that over the next couple of months we are going to make as many different kinds of our own as we can.

Today's adventure involved crayon shavings and wax paper.  We used a cheese grater, and thankfully nobody managed to skin their knuckles.  (we could have used a crayon sharpener, but I couldn't find ours)
We found all the fall colors we could to include in the shavings.  (I'm partial to lots of yellow for fall leaves)
  After placing a second piece of wax paper on top, we quickly ran an iron on a low setting over the papers.  (quickly because the longer the iron stays on the paper the more likely the colors are to blend)

M and G found this part of the project quite magical!
Then I traced around some fall leaf shapes and cut them out.  The girls applied glue stick to the backs of the leaves and placed them on the window panes.

Turned our dining room into an autumnal cathedral.

It's Playtime!


maryanne @ mama smiles said...

Those are so pretty!

Andrea said...

As someone who loves fall and lives where you do, I love this! :)

Carla said...

Great idea!  We're in Houston, and don't really have many "fall" trees either!  Do you have any advice for getting the glue off the windows?  

Having Fun at Home said...

Goo gone works great!

Kylie said...

We tried this and when we cut the flower and leaf shapes the wax baking paper sheets came apart from each other and the crayon crumbled:( Perhaps we used the wrong paper? I ended up ironing white paper over the melted crayon and it absorbed the colour and the wax made it semi transparent so it wasn't a complete disaster:)

Nataliya Di Giovanni said...

these look amazing! great idea!