Autumn has finally arrived here – for a while it seemed like summer would last forever. I adore Autumn – it is most definitely my favourite season: the crisp air, the beautiful, changing scenery and swirling leaves. It’s also a time that I get in gear and do more crafts to celebrate the season.
The other day, my son and I made our own Autumn leaves that we proudly hung over the kitchen window.
These are so easy to do and the best part is that you can change things up to suit any holiday or season.
Materials you need:
Crayons in appropriate colors (we used a dark red, orange, and yellow for this project)
String (if you want to hang them up)
Iron and Ironing board
First and foremost – Protect your ironing board and your iron! You don’t want to get wax on them.
Choose your crayon colours and peel the paper off each one.
Grate your crayons (carefully – don’t want to cut your fingers) into separate piles (it’s way easier to clean up if you grate directly on some extra waxed paper or a plate.
Set up your ironing board and plug in the iron (medium to high heat, no steam)
Cover your ironing board with either a cloth or parchment or more waxed paper to protect it.
Lay down (on the ironing board) a sheet of waxed paper – sprinkle your crayon shavings all over, keeping areas of colours separate. Cover with a new sheet of waxed paper the same size so no crayon shavings are exposed. Cover with a cloth and lightly press with your iron to melt the crayon. Keep checking to make sure it’s all melted.
After you let it cool for a minute, draw leaf shapes on your waxed paper and cut out.
I put a string through mine and hung them on a small curtain rod over my kitchen window.
We make these every year for many different occasions – we make hearts during Valentines, four leaf clovers for St. Patrick’s Day, eggs for Easter, and stars and candy canes for Christmas. It’s easy, cheap, and a fun way to decorate and use up all those broken crayons you probably have laying around.
“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking successive autumns.” George Eliot