It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Autumn Craft

Today’s craft comes to you courtesy of Kids Craft Weekly. If you haven’t subscribed yet, you might want to. So many quick and easy craft ideas, geared right at the six-and-under set!

I didn’t quite follow her instructions, though, because I read the newsletter, thought “Oh! Good idea!” and then promptly forgot the exact instructions. Not that it matters. It’s a great craft, absorbed the kids for quite a while, and gave them something quite striking to take home.

Here’s how we did it. Supplies: leaves, gathered on a walk the previous day. Clear shelf paper. Scissors (for me), and cardstock for frames.
Oops. Forgot to show the cardstock. Oh, well. Here are the frames, instead:
Each of the frames is backed with a piece of clear shelf paper, sticky side up:
To place the frame, cut the shelf paper to the same size as your card stock. Cut out the centre of the card stock (and save it for another craft!), and you have a frame. Peel the backing off the shelf paper — this was by far THE HARDEST part of the craft — and place your frame on the sticky side. Easy-peasy. Except for the damned peeling part…

And then you just plonk your leaves (and flower and seeds, or whatever you gathered) onto the sticky film:
And plonk some more:
(In those pictures you see Nissa, Tyler and Emily, ages 1.5, 2.5, and 3.75 respectively, proving this craft is good for a range of ages. Gronk was napping during this craft. Deliberate? You tell me…)

And the finished product, modelled by William, 4. Ta-dah!!!
Updated to respond to Rosie Kate‘s comment, which info I had intended to include in this post and forgot: Yes, you should put another piece of contact film on top, to seal in the leaves and all that stickyness, but, given that I was already frustrated/bored witless by having had to perform that persnickety task five times already, I was NOT about to do it five more times. (I’ve told you before I’m not patient, right? There you go.)

October 9, 2009 - Posted by | Canada, crafts | , , , , , ,


  1. Okay, soooo… maybe I just missed it, but do you put another piece of contact film on top? You don’t just leave it all “sticky side up” do you?

    Anyway, looks like a fun craft! Today is a rainy day, so I may very well be employing this in some 4-year-old entertainment! Thanks!

    Comment by Rosie_Kate | October 9, 2009 | Reply

  2. Now remember that technique. It works for just about every holiday. Valentines-red and pink celophane, torn up doilies, a little glitter. Easter-Easter grass, egg shapes out of tissue…you get the picture. If you stick the other piece on top the stuff doesn’t fade as much. Forget the frames, punch a hole on top, string them on some yarn or ribbon, and you have a great suncatcher to give as a gift. It’s my all time favorite activity since it’s so open-ended, and so pretty.

    Comment by jwg | October 9, 2009 | Reply

  3. PS It’s easier to peel the back off that stuff if you slightly tear a corner. The paper rips a little and the plastic stretches.

    THANK YOU! All these years of using the stuff, for crafts and for lining actual shelves, and I’d never figured out an easy way. I’ll do this next time, for sure.

    Comment by jwg | October 9, 2009 | Reply

  4. Happy Thanksgiving! lol on the contact paper, let them dust on salt nuked with food coloring. Tada! No sticky and it looks like you did it on purpose!

    Oh, I like this. How long do you nuke the coloured salt?

    Comment by Jess | October 9, 2009 | Reply

  5. You could use the center of the cardstock that you just cut out and “replace” it in your frame… the plus: It’s easy and recycles the cardstock you were gonna save for another project anyway… the negative: it becomes a one dimensional project instead of “see thru” like it would be if you used another piece of contact paper.

    CUTE craft – thanks for the idea 🙂 Our leaves aren’t that pretty here yet, but in a couple of weeks I’m totally stealing this idea!

    Comment by Maggie | October 10, 2009 | Reply

  6. oh about 2 min or so. You are just trying to dry it out. I like to use liquid watercolor paint, I also put it in spray bottles and the kids paint the snow. I’m very sorry to hear you aren’t feeling well, are they as concerned about H1N1 in Canada?

    We are concerned, yes, but what I have is a garden-variety head cold. Emma had H1N1 in June, but oddly enough none of the rest of the family succumbed. (Course none of the rest of us kissed her boyfriend 24 hours before he came down with it. Heh.)

    Comment by Jess | October 10, 2009 | Reply

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