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 one makes a lovely child-made hostess gift. 

CraftyCrowThis project was featured on The Crafty Crow!  Check them out for all sorts of seasonal fun: http://www.thecraftycrow.net/2014/11/diy-fall-napkin-rings.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.*

Fall Fun: Traced Leaves- Napkin Ties from make-it-your-own.com (Arts, crafts and activities for kids)

  • Leaves
  • Felt
  • Fabric scissors
  • Sewing markers (or alternatively use fabric markers or a light coloured pencil crayons for dark felt and dark pencil crayons for light felt)
  • Yarn
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Cord or twine
  • Beads
  • Tape (This is optional, but quite helpful!)
  • Napkins

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 with a sewing marker.

Fall Fun: Traced Leaves- Napkin Ties from make-it-your-own.com (Arts, crafts and activities for kids)

  • 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.

Fall Fun: Traced Leaves- Napkin Ties from make-it-your-own.com (Arts, crafts and activities for kids)

  • Fold your leaves on the stem gently and cut a small snip to make a slit for later threading.

Fall Fun: Traced Leaves- Napkin Ties from make-it-your-own.com (Arts, crafts and activities for kids)

Fall Fun: Traced Leaves- Napkin Ties from make-it-your-own.com (Arts, crafts and activities for kids)

Fall Fun: Traced Leaves- Napkin Ties from make-it-your-own.com (Arts, crafts and activities for kids)

  • There are many innovative ways to make pom-poms.  This one is easy for young children.  Have an adult cut out a rectangle of cardboard.  (Your child might be able to do this, however, cutting cardboard tends to be a bit tricky and may require large scissors.) Cut a smaller rectangle out of one of the sides (as seen in the photograph).

Fall Fun: Traced Leaves- Napkin Ties from make-it-your-own.com (Arts, crafts and activities for kids)

Fall Fun: Traced Leaves- Napkin Ties from make-it-your-own.com (Arts, crafts and activities for kids)

  • Tape one end of your yarn to the cardboard as shown.  Wrap your yarn around the cardboard.  The more you wrap, the fuller your pom-pom will be.

Fall Fun: Traced Leaves- Napkin Ties from make-it-your-own.com (Arts, crafts and activities for kids)

Fall Fun: Traced Leaves- Napkin Ties from make-it-your-own.com (Arts, crafts and activities for kids)

Fall Fun: Traced Leaves- Napkin Ties from make-it-your-own.com (Arts, crafts and activities for kids)

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  • Cut a small piece of yarn (we used another colour just so you could see it more clearly).  Put it under your wrapped yarn through the small rectangular window (as seen in the photograph) and knot it securely.

Fall Fun: Traced Leaves- Napkin Ties from make-it-your-own.com (Arts, crafts and activities for kids)

Fall Fun: Traced Leaves- Napkin Ties from make-it-your-own.com (Arts, crafts and activities for kids)

  • Gently slide your wrapped yarn off your cardboard.  Trim the ends of the loops with your fabric scissors, making them uniform.  Leave the middle tie long (as shown) so you can knot your pom-pom to your cord later.

Fall Fun: Traced Leaves- Napkin Ties from make-it-your-own.com (Arts, crafts and activities for kids)

Fall Fun: Traced Leaves- Napkin Ties from make-it-your-own.com (Arts, crafts and activities for kids)

Fall Fun: Traced Leaves- Napkin Ties from make-it-your-own.com (Arts, crafts and activities for kids)

  • Make a knot in your cord a little to one side of the middle.

Fall Fun: Traced Leaves- Napkin Ties from make-it-your-own.com (Arts, crafts and activities for kids)

  • Lace your leaves and make another knot.

Fall Fun: Traced Leaves- Napkin Ties from make-it-your-own.com (Arts, crafts and activities for kids)

Fall Fun: Traced Leaves- Napkin Ties from make-it-your-own.com (Arts, crafts and activities for kids)

  • Tie your pom-poms to the cord, knotting them.

Fall Fun: Traced Leaves- Napkin Ties from make-it-your-own.com (Arts, crafts and activities for kids)

  •  Make a knot and put on a bead.  Make another knot and then add another bead etc.(“That was fun, was it knot!?!” – We couldn’t resist with all the knotting!)

Fall Fun: Traced Leaves- Napkin Ties from make-it-your-own.com (Arts, crafts and activities for kids)

  • Wrap the cord around your napkins, tie a bow and trim the excess.  Knot the ends to prevent fraying.

Fall Fun: Traced Leaves- Napkin Ties from make-it-your-own.com (Arts, crafts and activities for kids)

Fall Fun: Traced Leaves- Napkin Ties from make-it-your-own.com (Arts, crafts and activities for kids)

  • Give as a hostess gift– wouldn’t these be fun for Thanksgiving?!

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.
  • Yarn can be a strangulation hazard and should be used with supervision.
  • Be sure to keep beads away from children 0-3 years of age or those who tend to put things in their mouths to prevent choking.
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