Create a beautiful autumn leaf mobile using recycled cardboard packaging, fall colour paints, and glitter glue. A lovely autumn craft for all ages that focuses on the art process with a lovely end result too!
To make these painted autumn leaves we picked up a large cardboard fruit box from the supermarket (they are usually freely available in the fruit and veg section and are fantastic for play and art activities!) Then I set this out along with some autumnal coloured paints, gold acrylic paint and glitter glues with a range of paintbrushes. [Read more about the idea behind creating invitations to play here.]
They all enjoyed this as a group activity and it made a nice after-school wind down for Cakie. We talked about mixing the colours to see what shades they could make and set the challenge to cover up every inch of the cardboard so only autumnal colours remained.
When the tray had dried I cut each section into a leaf shape using the natural curve of the box. Older children could do this independently as the cardboard is thin enough to cut through fairly easily.
The finished leaves looked so pretty sparkling in the sunlight, and we used them to make two separate displays. For the first I sewed through the tops of the leaves and fasten behind each one with a piece of tape, then suspended it across the mantelpiece for an Autumn garland.
For the second the girls wanted to make the leaves hang from a real tree branch to become a mobile. We found a twig in the garden and we tied individual leaves hanging from thread which I had sewed through the tops. The end result looks gorgeous hanging by the window!
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Bean: 19 mos