It finally feels like fall yall! So, here is a little tutorial that kids and adults alike will LOVE… Collage leaves. When I was a kid, I spend hours making collages out of pictures in magazines, it was therapeutic for me. So I came up with this little ditty for my kids to do and they loved it. We were able to work on sorting colors, tearing, gluing, and cutting all in one activity, and this one kept them busy for over an hour. (Remember, they are 1 and 4… this is a big accomplishment!)
Here’s what you need:
1. Leaf templates to cut out…we also threw in an acorn also. I don’t know why I can’t find the link I printed my templates from… but there are some awesome ones if you click HERE.
First, you want to let the kids tear up the magazine pages into small bits, maybe between the size of a quarter and half dollar. We then sorted the bits into piles by color.
Second, you want to turn the leaf template over to the blank side and spread glue all over the back of the template, covering the entire leaf area, and start gluing your scraps of paper.
Continue gluing paper scraps until all the glue is covered. Let dry completely. Depending on how much glue your little one likes to squirt, this could take a while!
We made about 10 leaves of different shapes and let them all dry. (Which took most of the day)
When everything is good and dry, get our some scissors and cut out the leaf along the printed lines that are still visible on the back… Ah HA!!! Now, you know why we glued on the wrong side of the paper… This will make for some nice, clean edges and a true leaf shape at the end.
Once your leaves are cut out, draw lines of glue where the veins of the leaf should be, and cover with glitter. Let dry again.
And there you have it… Make your leaves into a garland, place cards a the thanksgiving table, or just cute fall decoration! And, if you don’t have any kids… it’s fun to do it anyways, trust me, I know…! (wink wink)