Crafts for Kids: Make An Autumn Wreath

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Are your little ones begging to jump into the pile of leaves in the front yard and do they kick at stray leaves blowing down the sidewalk? Well, even if you don’t have fall foliage around your neck of the woods, we’ve got a beautiful fall-inspired project for you and the kids to try. Pro tip for an Autumn leaves wreath: You can either go out and gather your own leaves or purchase them at your local florist or craft store. Remember, the more colors, the more beautiful the wreath!

You’ll Need:

  • Scissors
  • Wax paper (optional)
  • 2 to 3 dozen dried leaves, preserved at home using wax paper, or store bought
  • Iron and ironing board (optional)
  • Cloth to cover ironing board (optional)
  • Old towel or press cloth (optional)
  • Circle cutter, 5 to 6 in/12 to 15 cm diameter (optional)
  • Paper plate, with at least a 10-in/25-cm diameter
  • Stapler and staples
  • 100 strands (a bundle) raffia in desired colors

How to Make Your Own Dried Leaves (optional):

  1. Cut two pieces of wax paper large enough to create a 2-in/5-cm border around the edges of the leaf to be preserved.
  2. Cover your ironing board with a cloth and preheat the iron for dry medium heat. Place the leaf between the prepared pieces of wax paper and cover with the towel. Iron over the entire towel surface, moving the iron back and forth two to three times, so that the heat seals the wax paper onto the leaf.
  3. Set the leaf aside for 3 to 5 minutes to cool, then trim the wax paper as close as possible to the leaf, without cutting into it.
  4. Repeat the process until you have enough leaves for your project.

Assemble The Wreath:

  1. Using scissors or, if desired, the circle cutter, remove the center from the paper plate, leaving the rim intact. Turn the rim upside down.
  2. To create a base for the leaves, staple raffia onto the plate rim until the surface is covered, working with a couple of strands at a time.
  3.  Arrange the leaves one over the other on the raffia-covered paper circle, stapling each leaf as you place it. Repeat until the wreath becomes a colorful ring of fall leaves.
  4. Twist a few strands of raffia together to form a loop. Staple the ends securely to the inside of the plate to create a hanger.
  5. Hang your wreath and enjoy the fall colors.

Red Tricycle has teamed up with Chronicle Books to bring you kid-friendly craft projects that will engage, entertain, and wow your kiddos. If you like today’s kids craft project, make sure to  pick up the book Holiday Crafting and Baking with Kids by Jessica Strand, and don’t forget to visit Chronicle Books for even more great craft ideas.