And I thought I would remember the blog... but I visited so many, that I lost it. It must have been a post I found poking around someone's blog, and not the post they featured for the blog hop. And so, not without great effort (we're talking hours of clicking at the four blog hops I visited this weekend), I am going to just go ahead and post without giving credit to the person who shared the idea first. Bummer because I wanted to tell them thank you.
We modified it a bit from the original project, using poster board instead of a folder, simply because we found so many leaves we wanted to use!
My son and I had a LOT of fun making this little project, and it's now hanging on the corridor wall, welcoming anyone who walks through the front door.
The supplies, if you want to make this yourself are easy. You need:
Paper for Labels
Markers (one color to represent each color of leaf)
A bucket full of different colored leaves
A kid to help you find the leaves (this is the best ingredient)
The first thing we did was gather our leaves. We started in our own backyard.
|Looking for leaves in our backyard|
|Of course he had to get as close to the water as possible to look for leaves. ;)|
|This leaf emerged his favorite, but it was brown and we wanted colors!! So we put this leaf in the bucket and headed to the park.|
The park did not disappoint. Look at all those bright colors!
We passed a Dollar General Store on the way home, and decided to stop for poster board. I let my son pick the color he wanted, and $1.06 later, we loaded back up in the car and headed home.
|His choice of poster board, and a very silly face (he gets the latter...hamming it up for the camera, from his father ;) ).|
Once we got home, I put him in the hot shower, it was coldie out there!! And we relaxed a bit and then he wanted to get busy making the project.
We sectioned off the board with the ruler, to make an even amount of space for each color of leaf. One lesson learned here for those of us who are not very crafty...Crayola washable markers are wonderful, really, but they smudge very easily on poster board (because it's glossy) until they dry.
|& made labels|
For the labels we simply cut squares out of typing paper and then used markers the same colors as the leaves to write their names out. Brown for brown, orange for orange, etc. Little man is just learning to spell sight words, so he gave me the colors, and I wrote them out.
|Then we glued the labels (with the glue sticks) and carefully put them into place.|
|We put Elmer's Glue on the back of the leaves and held them in place a few seconds to make sure they would stick.|
|This was serious stuff and I let little man take over for this job.|
|And here he is putting the last red leaf into place.|
|Then he held up his project for me to take a picture.|
|We let it dry overnight, but not before he wanted me to take 'one more picture.'|
It was a very easy project to make (hurray! because my craftiness is very limited...not by choice!), and it was a lot of fun!