Moms, I tested this leaf wreath craft with my art class students this week, and it’s a great project to make with your kids this November. It can be hung on a door, or even added to the dining table on Thanksgiving day (photo below). It’s the perfect way to spend a fall ‘crafternoon’!
Materials you will need:
– ‘Paint Friendly’ White Paper
– Paint Brushes
– Paper Plate or Pipe Cleaners
– Craft Glue or Hot Glue
*optional – patterned or solid paper for extra leaves and acorns*
Step 1 : Have your kids draw leaf shapes on one side of a thick, white piece of paper, (I used watercolor paper for my project). Their shapes can either be inspired by nature (Maple, Oak, Tulip Poplar), or completely made up!
Step 2 : Flip the sheet of paper over and using watercolors, cover the entire white surface with bright colors. Use plenty of water on the paintbrush, and use circular motions to let the colors blend. You can also add flecks of color by dipping an old toothbrush in paint and pushing the bristles around with your fingers.
Step 3 : Allow the paint to dry completely, then cut the leaf shapes out with scissors.
Step 4 : Now comes the ‘mom’ part 😉 Trim the outside of a paper plate out to create a ‘wreath’ or use connected pipe cleaners if you have them. One tip for cutting the paper plate is to bend it slightly, then snip a line in the center. Push your scissors through that line and cut a circle to reveal a wreath shape.
Step 5 : Attach the leaves using craft glue if you’re using a paper wreath, or hot glue if you’re working with a thin, pipe cleaner wreath.
Step 6 : Add additional leaves if you’d like – either real dried ones, or those cut out of paper. Another fun thing to do is draw some acorns and glue them on as a finishing touch.
Step 7 : Loop a little string around your wreath and hang it on your front door, or display it as a centerpiece on Thanksgiving!
Ashley Lucas (aka Lady Lucas) is an artist, illustrator, author and crafts designer. Her adorable characters can be found online via her website and Etsy shop (which highlights instant coloring books & party crafts). She offers bespoke, private art lessons to children in Jersey City and Hoboken ages 4 – 12 years.