Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Crafts for Kids: Owl Leaf Art

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A few weeks ago, I found a branch that had fallen from a tree near the woods and brought it inside to use as a Halloween/Fall tree inside our home. It has sat pretty bare since I "planted" it in a coffee tin that I decorated with twine and a colorful bow, so I thought I would organize a little craft project for Elijah and I to start decorating the tree. I saw a few ideas in the most recent issue of Family Fun magazine that used leaves, so I decided to come up with something that also used leaves and an owl came to mind.


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Elijah and I ventured outside to collect some of the beautiful fallen leaves on the ground to start our project. We enjoyed talking about the colors and shapes of the leaves as we did and he was very particular about which leaves we were choosing, throwing down any that didn't meet his standards. Once we got inside, we collected all of our materials and got started. 


Materials
  • Colorful Fall leaves with stems
  • Heavy card stock or construction paper (for owl cut out and eyes in the colors of your choice)
  • Glue
  • Scissors

This is an extremely simple project for children of all ages. Pretty much no help is needed for older children, however, I did cut the owl shape for Elijah, as well as the eyes and beak. He simply followed my lead and glued everything on.


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We worked from the bottom and started gluing the leaves on our owl cut out, all the way to the top of the head. Once all the "feathers" were glued on, I cut 2 large circles, 2 medium circles and 2 small circles in the color of our choice for the eyes, plus a triangle shape for the beak. We glued those on starting with the largest circles first and in order to the smallest, then glued the beak on last. Since we were hanging ours on our tree, I used one of the little stems from the leaves to make a loop and stapled it to the top for hanging. You could also use string, twine, or yarn in place of the stem.

Elijah really enjoyed this project and he feels so proud to see his owl hanging from the tree in our living room.


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