What You'll Need
To create a beautiful fall leaf garland with your kids, you'll need a few supplies:
- A bunch of colorful fall leaves
- Twine or string
- Bees wax
- Double boiler
- Scissors (optional)
- A hole puncher (optional)
- Markers or paint (optional)
Step 1: Leaf Hunting
Grab your little adventurers and head outdoors to collect some vibrant fall leaves. Encourage them to find leaves of different shapes, sizes, and colors. It's like a treasure hunt! If you want to add some education to the adventure, we recommend this Growing Up Wild, Looking at Leaves activity.
Step 2: Leaf Decorating (Optional)
If you want to add a personal touch to your garland, let the kids get creative with markers or paint. First, rinse and pat the leaves dry. Once dry, they can draw fun designs, write messages, or even make leaf monsters!
Step 3: Leaf Preserving
While the leaves are drying (or the kids are decorating) start your double boiler. Add water to the pot and bring to a gentle boil. Place a metal or glass bowl with solid bees wax, on top of the boiling water and stir until melted. Let the water simmer to keep the wax from solidifying. Next, lay out your parchment paper.
Once the bees wax is melted, begin dipping the leaves into the wax being sure to coat both sides. Place on the parchment paper to harden. *Please make good judgment about if your child is ready to help with this part of the activity*
Step 4: Stringing the Garland
Take a long piece of twine or string and either thread it through the holes in the leaves that you've punched using a hole punch, or tie onto each stem. You can alternate colors or create a pattern. Let the kids take turns adding their favorite leaves.
Step 5: Hang and Enjoy!
Find the perfect spot to display your DIY fall leaf garland. It could be on a mantel, across a window, or even outside on a porch. Admire your creation and let the autumn vibes fill your home!
Remember, this activity is all about having fun and getting creative with your little ones. Embrace the messiness and let their imaginations run wild. Happy leaf garland making!