Fall is here, and even though we don't get much fall color in my part of the world, I still love the idea of craft projects depicting colorful leaves. I don't have too much to chose from as far as projects with actual leaves, but we do have felt and cardboard, which is all you'll need to create this project! Make one or more as decorations for a baby's room, or even a wonderful seasonal centerpiece, or do the project together with your children. Older kids can do the whole project from A-to-Z while younger children can certainly enjoy decorating a tree that you assemble for them.
- thick cardboard (not corrugated) or bristol board (i used a cereal box, but a bit heavier would be better, and plus the other side of my tree looks like a tree that ate too many bran flakes)
- felt in a few fall colors
- brown electrical tape from the hardware store (optional, only used to stablize the base because the cardboard I used wasn't thick enough!)
- Following the diagram below, draw one tree pieces and cut it out
- Use this first piece as a template, and trace around it for the second piece.
- Make a second tracing if desired to have on hand if you'd like to make more identical trees.
- Cut slits in trees, according to dotted lines on diagram.
- Assemble tree by slipping the tree with the slit at the bottom over the tree with the slit at the top.
- Apply glue to areas where two pieces meet if necessary, or stabilize bottom with stripes of brown tape.
- Cut out appropriately sized leaves from felt and attach to tree with glue.
- Wasn't that fun?