Here's another great craft activity using just wax paper and fresh leaves and flowers! This activity has two parts, making it that much more fun, and time consuming, usually a good thing right about now? First take a nature walk and collect leaves and flowers, and then use the things you've collected to make beautiful window art. Or wrap your creations around jars or vases and use as candle holders, gorgeous!
- wax paper
- brightly colored flower petals (ours are bouganavillea) and interesting leaves—try to find things that are flat
- an old phone book (optional)
- If you like, you can flatten leaves by placing between the pages of an old phone book and adding weight on top of the phone book. The flatter the leaves the better, though using fresh green ones results in more beautiful, though temporary, results. The green leaves we used were brown by the next day, while the bouganvillea stayed pink, and will retain its color when dried.
- Arrange leaves and petals on a large piece of wax paper, working on the same surface where you'll be ironing.
- When you are satisfied with the arrangement, add a second piece of wax paper on top of the leaves, and iron with a pillow case between your wax paper and iron.
- Admire your beautiful creations, and enjoy them all year long as a reminder of summer!