We have been exploring activities that use traced leaves as a starting point. Our daughter asked for some headbands for back to school and we wanted to make some interchangeable embellishments together. 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 Sewing marker (or use a white/ light pencil crayon & a dark pencil crayon or fabric markers) Felt Fabric scissors Barrette clip (Buy these at a craft or dollar store) Fabric glue or sewing machine/thread Embellishments (seed beads, sequins) Smock Craft tray Headband (we made our clip so we could wear it as a barrette or attach it to a headband) Directions Go on a nature walk and collect several different types of leaves. Place the leaves on your various colours of felt and trace them. If you are working on a dark colour such as red, use a light sewing marker or pencil crayon such as white. For light felt colours, use a darker shade of sewing marker or pencil crayon. Cut out your leaves with fabric scissors. Flip them over so you can’t see your tracing lines. We decided to sew around the edges and create sewn midribs and veins. You could do this optional step by hand or with a machine. We added a few sequins and seed beads for a bit of sparkle. We then made a simple base for our leaves using a rectangle of felt. We sewed two of the edges of another small rectangle on the centre on the back so the clip could slide into it. (As seen in the photograph.) You could glue this instead to avoid sewing. Glue your leaves onto your base, using fabric glue. Clip it into your hair or attach it to a headband. Purpose Getting out into nature Using nature as inspiration for creating Safety Notes Fabric scissors can be quite sharp, use with caution and direct supervision. Wear a smock and use a craft tray to prevent damaging clothes and/or surfaces. Store beads away from small children to avoid consumption. Please like & share: Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.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.