Monday, 14 October 2013

Autumn craft #1 - Making trees.

This is a really nice, easy craft which needs only the most basic of equipment.

We used plain white craft card, a contrasting paper (in this case, a page from an old map because I'm too stingy to buy coloured card), some PVA and something to be the leaves of your tree. We used buttons, but you could go out and collect leaves on a nature walk if you're the organised sort.

Basically, all you need to do is cut out a tree shape in your contrasting paper and stick it to your card. Then, leave your little friend and their imagination to it. Have a cup of tea (though I would advise making it before they get hold of the buttons - Daughter has been playing with my button-box since she was tiny so knows not to eat any, but if buttons are a relatively recent introduction then supervision is obviously advised at all times).

This is what we came up with. It's really quite pretty, in terms of 'kids crafts'. I actually think I might get some homemade paper to use as a backdrop, get some brown parcel paper for the tree and use mother-of-pearl buttons as leaves. I think framed, that would make a really nice Christmas present for grandparents - a family tree of sorts - and it's something that everyone could take part in making.

Or again, using brown paper and pressed leaves (just pick up a few relatively dry ones, pop them between some kitchen roll and press with big books), it'd be a really stylish and rustic looking autumn craft.

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