Even though the candy wrappers have barely been thrown in the trash, the local stores are decked out for the Christmas season (already). When my husband and I moved to the area four years ago into our first house, I was beyond excited to decorate for the holidays. Slowly over the years we have accumulated decorations for each of the four seasons and most of the major holidays. His decorating love Christmas, but mine is fall. Once we put away the pumpkins, goblins, and talking skeletons, I pull out more classic fall decorations. I then like to add personal touches to our fireplace mantel, as well as decor around the house with handmade crafts from my kids. Last year I had them each make a couple of items for the mantel. I love how simple and fun these were to do. Best of all, they did not require many materials. I encourage you to spend some uninterrupted time with your child, searching for leaves and getting messy.
Foliage Wooden Letters
- Wooden letters (purchased at any craft store)
- Modge Podge
- Paint brush
- Leaves of various colors
- Google eyes (optional)
- Help your child collect leaves. Look for a wide variety of colors, shapes and sizes to add depth to the letter.
- Pour a small amount of Modge Podge into a paper plate and arm your child with a paint brush. Instruct him or her to paint a section of the letter with Modge Podge.
- Help your child tear or cut the leaves to fit in the letter and place on to the area that has Modge Podge.
- Repeat step 3 until the entire letter is covered with leaves.
- Allow to dry and place on the mantel.
Blank canvas (super cheap at a craft store!)
- Paint (brown, green, red, and yellow)
Prepare for messiness by covering your table with newspaper. Prepare child by removing any clothes that will be in the way. I think this was my children's favorite step to this craft!
- Allow trunk to dry and while the trunk is drying read fall themed stories, such as When the Leaf Blew In. You can also give your child a piece of paper to paint on.
- After the branches are filled in with as many leaves as your child desires, paint grass on the bottom. Allow the project to dry before displaying on your fall inspired mantel.