leaves you’ll love

So the other day I was washing the dishes and amidst the boredom an idea struck, I am happy to report it was a cute idea, and when I got to doing it, more cute ideas kept springing up…. and since I was feeling so creative, and it actually worked out the way I planned (not something that happens often…lol)  I thought I would share my morning of fun with you.

I was thinking about decorating for fall. I am not a big seasonal decorator, but I found myself yearning for I could make with the kids and hang up around the house.  Something easy, cheap and not too messy.  I decided to make my own window decorations with items that I had around the house.

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You will need:

Wax  Paper

Crayons
A Handheld Pencil Sharpener
A Sharpie
Scissors
Tape
A Heat Tool or Clothes Iron
Newspaper

Here is how it goes together:

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Cut a strip of Wax Paper off the roll that is about 12 inches long.

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Fold it in half and if you need to, use a leaf template to draw the leaves on the paper with your Sharpie Marker.  (I found my template with a simple internet search)

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You should be able to get about three leaves on a page.

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We chose to use fall colored crayons and making sure to toss in some brown and green for visual appeal.

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Little fingers are made to sharpen crayons, so I set Jeremiah to the task.  He just picked random colors and shaved away.

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When we felt we had collected enough shavings, we spread them on the waxed paper and folded it shut.

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Now for the fun part…. and the part where the *GROWN UP* gets in on the action.  Use your Heat Tool to melt the wax shavings in the paper.  don’t get to close or it will start to “smoke”.  No I won’t explain how I know that.  It helps to have a piece of Newspaper under the wax paper, because it is possible for the colored wax to leak through.  There are no photos of this particular part because working the camera, and the heat tool, need to remain independent operations. ‘nuff said.

If you are using a clothes iron, sandwich the wax paper between a few sheets of newspaper.  Make sure the iron is set to LOW and that the steam is turned OFF.  Gently rub the warm iron over the newspaper until the wax shavings have melted.

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here is what it should begin look like as you are melting.

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let the wax paper cool COMPLETELY before you cut out the shapes. Throw some tape on the backs of them, and hang them on the window.

They look amazing when the light shines through them.

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If you are feeling artsy…. and I was as I kept making leaves…….  You could try your hand at making pumpkins… or apples….

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You could even use them to decorate for Thanksgiving.  Aren’t these the cutest name holders you have ever seen?

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Just cut out the leaves or make mini pumpkins and use your scrabble holders to spell your guest’s name.

Happy Crafting!

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