Leaves are a playful and abundant material perfect for constructing homemade crowns! Celebrate the fall season this year by showing your child how gorgeous autumn leaves can easily be converted into a majestic crown using a simple fold and weave technique. This is a great introduction into fiber arts and basic stitching, and will encourage your child to make use of the natural materials that surround her.
What You Need:
- Collection of colorful maple leaves
What You Do:
- Have your child collect a bunch of colorful Maple leaves. Encourage her to find solid leaves without holes and ones that aren't too dry or brittle.
- Set aside her favorite leaf for last.
- She can now cut off just the tips of the stems from the leaves. This will leave a pointy stem, which is useful for "stitching" the leaves together!
- Ask her to fold one leaf vertically in half.
- While holding the folded leaf, have her use the stem of the next leaf and weave it in and out, threading it through the folded edge of the first leaf.
- Fold the second leaf and slide it so it's overlapped under the first leaf.
- Repeat threading the third leaf, and so on until the leaf wreath is the perfect size to fit your child's head.
- Connect the two ends the same way, by weaving the stem, to finish the wreath.
- Have your child slide her favorite leaf to the front of the crown. Now it's ready to wear!