created at: 2010-10-13Here’s a perfect fall craft activity from that brings you and your kids outside to collect leaves and inside to preserve the beautiful autumn colors. It’s a great activity for parents and children to do together! Start by going for a nature walk to collect leaves of different shapes, sizes and colors. Once inside, you’ll need wax paper, a phone book, iron and pillowcase. To create your window art, follow these steps:

  1. If you need to flatten any leaves, place them between the pages of a phone book and add weight to the top of the book. The flatter the leaves, the better the results. (And please note that any fresh green leaves used will turn brown within a day or two, so already-colored leaves work best.)
  2. Arrange leaves on a large piece of wax paper, working on the same surface where you’ll be ironing.
  3. When you’re satisfied with your arrangements, add a second piece of wax paper on top of the leaves, and iron them with a pillowcase between your wax paper and the iron.
  4. Try hanging this leaf art in your window or wrapping it around jars or vases. Enjoy your reminder of fall throughout the rest of the season and beyond!