Nan loves dish towels that match the season so we thought we would make her this. Materials Dish towel (tight weave, non textured, cotton–as seen in the photo) Fabric paint Paint brush Craft tray Leaves Rolling pin Iron (to be used by an adult) Embroidery thread or sewing machine/thread (optional) Directions Have an adult iron your tea towel. Go out on a nature walk, collecting fall leaves (the “before the crunchy phase” kind!) or use craft leaves should you prefer. Paint the underside of your leaf (where the ribs/veining is more prominent) with a thin layer of fabric paint. Do this in a craft tray or on a piece of paper to protect your work surface. Push your leaf carefully paint down onto your tea towel. Roll over it with a rolling pin to assure contact in all spots. Carefully peel the leaf up by the stem. Repeat with various colours should you like. Depending on your child’s age and abilities, you may want to do one type of leaf or colour at a time. Allow to dry overnight. (Follow the product directions as to setting the paint.) Embellish with embroidery thread or a touch of sewing along the edges or along the ribs of the leaves. Purpose Getting out into nature Using nature as an inspiration for creation. Safety Notes Be sure to cover your clothes with a smock when using fabric paint. An iron should be used by an adult. Please like & share: Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.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.