Our recent craft hangout hosted by Red Ted Art was all about leaves, so I knew I wanted to decorate a pumpkin or two with the beautiful leaves that we collect on our ambles home from school. It's the best time of the day, strolling along, hand in hand (when I can get her off her scooter), chatting about her day and picking up interesting coloured leaves.
I think they make beautiful, seasonal decorations, they're not Halloween specific, but are a reflection of nature at this time of year.
Selection of seasonal leaves (try to get the thinner varieties than the really thick ones)
PVA white glue watered down a little (or Mod Podge)
(We also found that a glue gun was helpful in securing them down first, before 'varnishing' over)
I'll fully admit we rushed this project a bit so it didn't turn out perfect. We will do it again and next time we will try to pick smaller leaves as they worked best, and we'll also flatten them out for a few days between newspaper and some heavy books. We did find they had a tendency to spring back to their natural curved shape before the glue dried, hence glue gunning them down.
We spent quite some time just playing around with the leaves first. Examining their shades and texture, sorting them into size or colour order. Once we'd decided where we wanted them to go, it was simply a case of glueing them to the pumpkin and then painting over with the white glue.
Remember to paint all over and not just on the leaf part as it gives a really lovely glossy sheen to the pumpkin. Leave to dry and do a second coat if you can.
Admire your pretty pumpkins.
For more lovely leaf crafting ideas, take a look at the video and links below.
Red Ted Art: Leaf Clay Bowls Leaf Crown Leaf Rubbings
Kids Chaos: Hammered Leaf Prints
Peakle Pie: Leaf Fairies
Here Come The Girls: Andy Goldsworthy Project Tree Family Reward Chart
And for more Autumn activities and craft ideas, visit the Forestry Commission's Autumn page.
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