Earlier this week Roy and I were going for a walk and admiring all the Autumn colour in the trees around us. Roy thought the trees were beautiful and wished he could do something to bring some of their Autumn colour home. Then, I remembered that when I was little I used to make 'stained glass' windows using Autumn leaves and hang them in the window. Roy was really excited by this idea and wanted to share it with all of you!
You Will Need:
- Waxed sandwich paper
- Autumn leaves
- A manilla folder or other cardboard
- An iron and ironing board
- Glue and sticky tape
- Cut two pieces of waxed sandwich paper, slightly larger than your manilla folder
- Open your mailla folder and lay one piece of sandwich paper, waxed side up, on top of one half of the folder
- Arrange your autumn leaves on top of the waxed paper, leaving an area around the edge clear (you will use this to 'glue' your picture shut)
- When you are happy with your picture, lay the second piece of sandwich paper, waxed side down, on top of the leaves.
- Fold the manilla folder shut, sandwiching the picture in the middle and carry it to the ironing board
- Ask an adult to help you iron the picture. You need to use a reasonably hot, dry iron. This will melt the wax on the paper and seal the leaves inside!
- When you have completely ironed and sealed your picture, turn the iron off and put it away - you won't need it again.
- Now, you will be making a frame for your picture using the manilla folder. Keeping the folder shut and measure a border around the edge of the folder. Roy decided to make his 2.5 centimetres wide.
- Keeping the folder shut, cut your frame out.
- Put the frame over the top of your picture. It will be too big, so cut it just at the edge of your picture.
- Lay the two pieces of your frame on top of each other and adjust their size until they are just right for your picture. Now, stickytape or glue it back together.
- Next, glue the frame onto your picture and trim the sandwich paper.
- Now, hang your picture in a window and enjoy the Autumn colours!