The perfect art project for the beginning of fall
Autumn leaves look lovely in trees, but you can use fallen ones to add a splash of color to your house!
Monday, August 27, 2012 - 15:35
RAINBOW SWIRLS: Melted crayons are a big part of autumn leaf art. (Photo: Amy Loves Yah/Flickr)
My family has always enjoyed the time when autumn leaves fall, and I grew up using them for art. We created a lot of lovely decorations each year to put around the house, and you can, too. Since autumn is coming up, it's a perfect time to learn how to make a new form of art!
What you'll need:
Crayons you can part with (they're going to be melted), especially autumn colors
A cheese grater
Autumn leaves that have already fallen
First, peel the wrappers off the crayons that you want to use. I find using colors that aren't the colors of the leaves you are using, but still part of an autumn color scheme, work best for this sort of art. So if you have red and yellow leaves, for instance, try using some green and orange crayons (or vice versa!). If you have any metallic crayons like gold or silver, these can also look really nice.
When the wrappers are peeled off the crayons, use the cheese grater to make crayon shavings. Start out with a little amount of shavings first, because you don't want the crayon wax to completely cover up the leaves when you melt it.
After making crayon shavings, take a piece of wax paper and arrange leaves on it any way you like. Sprinkle the crayon shavings on and around the leaves. Make any design you like! I find that swirly designs look especially neat.
When you're done arranging the crayon shavings and leaves, place another sheet of wax paper of the same size on top of the leaves and crayon shavings. It should be like a sandwich — sheets of wax paper on the top and bottom, and the leaves and crayon shavings between them.
Heat up the iron, and make sure that you'll be ironing on a safe surface (use an ironing board, or a large piece of cloth on a countertop). Press the iron gently down on top of the wax paper to melt the crayon shavings beneath. It doesn't take too long to melt them, so be careful you don't burn them and the leaves!
Once the shavings have melted to your satisfaction, leave the piece of art to cool. There should be splotches of color among the leaves, creating a sort of tye-dye design. Once it cools, you can put it up on your wall! This is a unique piece of art for the coming seasons, so definitely give it a try.
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