Saturday, October 15, 2011

Fall Craft: Leaf Crowns

When I saw this craft in one of my old books, Linnea's Almanac, I knew we had to make it with the beautiful leaves from the maple tree in our side yard. With bright colored leaves woven together, the fall leaf crowns seemed like such a simple way to celebrate the uniqueness of the season.

Here's how you can make your own:
1. Start with a small stack of leaves. It helps if they are not dry and crunchy, but still soft and bendable. I also looked for ones with longer stems, as the stems hold the whole crown together.
2. Cut the very tips of the stems off, so that the leaf stems are slender and easier to poke through the other leaves.

Note: At this point you can either fold your leaves in half lengthwise before weaving them together, like I did for the crown in the next 2 photos, resulting in a flatter bottom of the crown. Or leave your leaf open to its full shape (as I did for the crown at the top of the page), resulting in a fuller-shaped crown.

3. Start with two leaves. Using the stem of one leaf, poke it through the other leaf near where the stem meets the leaf to join them.  Take a third leaf, and poke it through both of the other leaves which are already joined. Continue making a chain of leaves, poking the stem of the new leaf though the others near the stem/leaf point, until it is the right length to fit on your child's head when the ends are joined.
4. Join the ends together by using the loose stems toward the end of your leaf chain.

Here is my first finished crown with my copy of Linnea's Almanac, which has beautiful ideas for each month of the year:
Mina wearing the first crown:
I look forward to doing this project with Mina next year, when I hope she will be able to make one all by herself. This would be a perfect craft for a preschooler, or child in elementary school that has the patience to sit and concentrate for a few minutes at a time.



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