By Michael Russell
Paper Scarecrow: For this craft project you will need paper, a pencil, glue, scissors, googly eyes, raffia or straw and markers, crayons, colored pencils, or craft paint. Draw and cut out an outline of a scarecrow. Draw and cut out clothes for the scarecrow, such as a straw hat, overalls, shoes and a shirt. Color the clothes with the markers, crayons, colored pencils, or craft paint. Attach the clothes to the scarecrow with glue. Glue the straw or raffia on the scarecrow so it looks like it is coming out of the clothing. Make a face for the scarecrow using googly eyes and colored paper for the nose and mouth.
Leaf Rubbing: Gather a real leaf, a piece of white paper and crayons to do this craft project. Go outside and get a nice looking leaf. Make sure the leaf is dry. Place it on a tabletop and cover it with the white paper. Take the paper off a crayon and lay the crayon flat on the piece of paper. Rub the crayon across the surface of the paper and the leaf will come through onto the page. Sticks, moss and other outdoor items can also be used to make interesting rubbings.
Leaf Garland: To make this craft you will need colored paper, scissors, glue, tape, or a stapler, yarn and crayons, markers, or colored pencils. Draw and cut out leafs in many shapes and colors. Draw veins on the leaves. The leaves should all have long, thick stems. Fold the stems in half. Cut a long piece of yarn. Put folded edge of stem over the yarn. Attach leaves to yarn with glue, tape, or a stapler.
Leaf Picture Frame Magnet: Supplies needed for this craft project are a pencil, colored card stock, scissors, tape, a picture and a magnet sheet. Draw and cut of a large leaf out of your card stock. Cut a circle in the center of the leaf. Place the picture behind the leaf so that it is centered in the circle. Attach the picture with tape once it is properly aligned. Cut a small piece of magnet off the magnet sheet and glue on the back of the leaf.
Fall Leaf Painting: For this craft project you will need a real leaf, a piece of paper, paint brushes and craft paint or watercolors. Making sure the leaf is dry, lay it down on the piece of paper. Use craft paint or watercolors to paint around the border of the leaf. Pull leaf off the paper. The leaf can be filled in with paint or can be kept as an outline.
Fall Leaf Place Mat: To make these decorative place mats you will need a roll of clear contact paper, scissors, real fall leaves, waxed paper and a large book. Find some nice fall leaves outside. Make sure the leaves are dry. Put the leaves between two sheets of waxed paper and place them in the large book to be flattened. After the leaves are completely flattened, take them out of the book. Cut two place mat sized sheets out of the contact paper. Peel the backing off one of the sheets and place it sticky side up on the table. Place the leaves on the contact paper. Peel the backing off the other piece of contact paper and carefully place it on the other piece of contact paper so that the sticky sides are together. Trim any edges that are not lined up perfectly.
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