Sunday, September 18, 2011

* Fall Fun: Making Leaves With Elmer's Glue and Waxed Paper

The girls and I have been having so much fun with 
our homemade rainbow glue.
(you can find directions here)
We decided to see what would happen if we made 
glue "leaves" on waxed paper. 

I always love it when the girls come up with fun projects to experiment with!

First, we drew some leaf shapes with a black permanent marker
on the less waxy side of the waxed paper. 
Then, we flipped the paper over and worked on the waxy side.

Outline each leaf with colored glue, 
then fill it with more colored glue. 

Try not to let the tip of the glue bottle touch or it will smear your project!

The girls and I all worked on this sheet together.

"E" came up with this technique adding 
lots of neat colors, patterns, and shapes 
(kind of like our art studio rug!). 

This rainbow leaf was my favorite.  "E" did a great job on it. 
I think Wassily Kandinsky (or my buddy Meg Duerksen)  would love it too!

After we finished our leaves, the girls asked if they could make other glue shapes.
So they each drew on a new piece of waxed paper. 

"E" made a glue "felt board" play set with: a frog, some grass, 
a worm, flower pot, snail, a monogram "E", and a flower. 

Blurry pictures of her snail and frog in progress.

"C" working on her rainbow "Pteranodon",
she's obsessed with the show "Dinosaur Train" on PBS. 

Not to shabby for a 4-year-old!

We set our glue masterpieces aside to dry in the art studio for a day.
Then, carefully peeled them off the waxed paper. 

The ones that were made with thicker layers of glue did much better.
The thin ones, cracked and broke apart : ( 

Happy Fall Crafting!

pink and green mama, MaryLea


Robin Blue said...

Do you think these would stick to a window like a vinyl decal? That would be a fun way to decorate the windows for Halloween!

Olives and Pickles said...

These projects are cool.thanks for sharing marylea.

Joyce said...

I love this idea and I think my son (also four) would get a kick out of it. I can't wait to try it out. I've been meaning to try the colored glue for awhile now. I've added this to our fall bucket list, which I plan on blogging about with a link back to you. Thanks for sharing!

Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree said...

These are too cool! Would love to try this soon! I will definitely share this!

Kristin @ Preschool Universe said...

These turned out beautifully - what a wonderful idea! Can't wait to try them ;)

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Amanda said...

Just stopping by to let you know that I have featured your project on Fun Family Crafts today! You can see it here

If you have other kid friendly crafts, I'd love it if you would submit them :) If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above.

Jansen Family said...

This is brilliant! We are so going to do it! I just came across your blog and love it--thanks for so many great ideas!

Carla @ Jansen Family Adventures

Zina :: Let's Lasso the Moon said...

I have been looking for a unique way to make a mobile. I think this might be it! Thanks for the inspiration. I wonder if I can do snowflakes too?!? The ideas are swirling.

Bonita said...

Just letting you know that I linked to this post in a unit study I wrote about autumn leaves: http://www.zujava.com/leaf-study

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