Our traced feather bookmarks was one of our reader favourites. Thank you! We took that idea for further inspiration for a few fall foliage ideas. This activity was featured on The Crafty Crow! Check them out for more Fall inspired activities: http://www.thecraftycrow.net/2014/09/leaf-tracing-bookmarks.html Materials * If you don’t want to use real leaves for the projects draw some from your imagination or use craft leaves as tracers.* Leaves Pencil & Eraser Metallic permanent markers (or you could use metallic crayons or pastels) Watercolours (we used diluted liquid watercolours) Paintbrushes Cardstock or watercolour paper Scissors/ Ruler or paper cutter Laminating supplies or contact paper (optional) Single hole punch Ribbon, cord or twine Coordinating paper Glue stick Directions Go on a nature walk and collect several different types of leaves. Trace your leaves lightly onto watercolour paper or cardstock with a pencil. Go over your lines with metallic permanent markers. (We found the Sharpie brand worked best, as they don’t bleed.) Allow to dry and lightly erase the pencil marks. Paint your leaves with watercolour paints. Allow to dry overnight. Cut out your bookmark (approximately 2-3 inches/ 5-7.5 centimetres in width and 10-15 centimetres/4-6 inches in length). We used a paper cutter. We then glued our bookmark onto a coordinating colour of paper to back it and cut it out again, creating a border. Punch a hole in one end. Laminate or sandwich in between two layers of contact paper (with the sticky sides facing each other). Re-punch your hole. Cut a length of ribbon, cord or twine and make a loop as shown in the photograph. Put the ends up through the hole you punched in your bookmark and go through the loop you made on the top. Pull tight. Enjoy cuddling up with a book, a cup of hot chocolate and your leaf inspired bookmark! Purpose Getting out into nature Using nature as inspiration for creating Safety Notes Wear a smock and use a craft tray to prevent damaging clothes and/or surfaces. Laminators are for adult use. Review safe use of paper cutters with children and provide direct supervision/guidance. You may decide this step is for an adult only or based on your child’s age and abilities, teach them how to use it safely. Please like & share: Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.