The other day we continued our round of autumn leaf crafts for kids with our much-anticipated annual leaf doodles. I brought the glitter to the table, too. Just because. And ended up making beautiful glitter leaves in addition to our now-traditional doodle leaves.
We each approached the materials and activity differently, which is always interesting for me to observe.
Here’s how we made these glitter leaves…
- Autumn leaves, preferably pressed and dried
- Squeeze bottle of glue (such as Elmer’s)
- Glitter (extra fine glitter is especially beautiful on these)
- Metallic Sharpie markers (optional)
Maia stood firm with her use of the metallic Sharpies on the pressed leaves and resisted the glitter temptation completely.
Her friend Isabella added a few select glitter highlights to her intricate vein pattern made with the white paint pen.
Daphne traced her Autumn leaves onto paper and added a bit of everything—metallic Sharpie drawings, glue, glitter, and googly eyes (inspiring all of us to make leaf peepers).
I decided to trace the main leaf veins with glue, then sprinkled on glitter.
After shaking off the excess glitter, I admired the result, then proceeded to do the same to several more leaves.
Mostly I stuck to Autumnal colors and tried those that I thought would look especially nice with the colors of the leaves.
I think they are simply beautiful! Wouldn’t they make a lovely leaf garland?
The extra fine glitter, which you can see on the oak leaf in the center, worked the best, but the regular glitter worked well, too.
We are LOVING all these autumn leaf crafts for kids!
P.S. While I am of the “embrace glitter” camp, I know some of you cringe at the idea of your kids using it and worry about it getting all over the place. So I wanted to propose glitter glue as an alternative. I haven’t tried it on leaves, but think it would work fine. If you try the glitter glue, let me know how it works!
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