We were so smitten with our Valentine's Day Suncatchers, we just HAD to make Fall Leaves. We used the technique we discovered when we made our Super Vibrant Coffee Filter Flowers and it worked perfectly! The leaves are so vibrant.
And when the light catches them just right they seriously just g-l-o-w. It's gorgeous!
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Making them is nice and easy. Grab some white round coffee filters like these and download and print our Fall Leaf Template. Use the paper leaf as a guide to cut out coffee filter leaves. You can cut through 3-5 coffee filters at once, even if you're using kid scissors because you can't find your grown-up scissors. :)
Have your child use an eyedropper or paintbrush to apply liquid watercolors. If you don't have liquid watercolors, you can use food coloring that's slightly diluted with water (just a few drops of water to dilute).
We used red, tangerine, orange, and yellow liquid watercolors for our leaves. It was so fun to watch the colors mix and swirl.
I moved the finished leaves (they can be a little delicate, so this part is probably best for an adult) onto a sheet of plastic wrap. When we were experimenting while making our coffee filter flowers, we discovered that resting the wet colored filters on something that resisted rather than absorbed the moisture (like a paper towel) resulted in much more vibrant colors. Making a circle of tape with the sticky side out, we taped the leaves on the backside to the window.
And now our windows are ready for fall!
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Hi I wonder, how do you fix so the leaf stay on the windows?ReplyDelete
We are an creative parent blog from Norway, we want to make these :)
Oh yes! I forgot that part! We used clear tape on the back to stick them to the window. I'll add it to the post now! :)Delete
This might be a silly question, but did you leave the plastic wrap on?ReplyDelete
Not silly at all - nope, we just used the plastic wrap to cover the table where they dried. The hanging leaf is just colored coffee filter. :)Delete
Love this idea! Pinning for later... I am not ready for summer to end!ReplyDelete
Hahahaha, fair enough! :)Delete
So pretty! Reminds me of where I grew up :)ReplyDelete
Oh fun! We get some fall leaves here, but nothing so dramatic. We took a trip to the East Coast once (before kids) in the fall and it was AAAMMMAAZIIING. :)Delete
Thank you so much! :)Delete
If you ever get a chance Asia, visit the Laurentian Mountains north of Montreal in the fall, it's amazing! And off the island of Montreal on the north shore you can pick the best McIntosh apples ever! Nope they don't taste like the ones from the west. :)Delete
That sounds sooooo fun!!!Delete
Very pretty, Asia! I really love this craft!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Melissa!!!! :) I am a huge fan of all of your suncatchers, so I am thrilled you are a fan!Delete
I love this activity is so nice and I love all your post!!! I am so excited for your book but I have a question. I am spanish so I live in Spain I can buy the book from the spanish amazon page. But in your book you use a lot of products that I can't buy in spain like the elmer glue, the liquid starch... I don't want to buy the book and can't do a lot of activities. I have an other question ( I am always making questions hahaha) has the book got new activities or all are the same than the blog? I would like to see news activities. Right that is all haha. I think I am going to buy the book anyway hahaha. Thank you and sorry for my english haha I am learning ;)ReplyDelete
Hi Laura! Thank you! My answer is this - you might not be able to find ALL the materials, but I am happy to help you find what products I can in Spain. Elmer's glue might be called PVA glue there. It would be whatever kind of liquid glue children use. There should be a ton that just use general food items, so I think you should still be able to find a lot to do (though I've never been to Spain, so I'm not sure what you don't have!). The book is 50% new material, so you should be able to find new things to do. It's also really helpful to have all the old popular recipes together in the book (at least we think so). We prefer to find them in the book rather than searching our website, so that is why I included a lot of the most popular recipes in the book as well. I hope that helps!!! :) :) :)Delete
Thank you it helps me a lot, definitely I am goint to buy the book ;) ;)Delete
YAYY!!! :) :) :)Delete
This is fantastic! Can't wait to show it to my two year old. My eldest asked me for the Edible slime a few weeks ago. We tried it... it was perfect! He is a big fan of your blog now... just 6yrs old, so we can't get him a social account to go liking your page everywhere. ;)ReplyDelete
LOVE it! Thank you so much for linking thoughtfully and I love that we have a new 6 year old fan!!!! <3 <3 <3Delete
These turned out beautiful! We have lots of coffee filters so I'm on it! Pinning too!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Susen! And thank you for pinning! :)Delete
These are great, I use coffee filters and water colors to make Jelly Fish during our animals themed month. I am so excited to use them for the fall leaves next month here in VA instead of paper!!ReplyDelete
Oh, I bet the jellyfish are adorable!!!!Delete
beautiful, can't wait to try this!ReplyDelete
Thank you!!! :)Delete
Can you use really thin paper plates? I am a grade 1 teacher and I have numerous plates!
You could - the effect would be different, but still pretty! Coffee filters are so fibrous that they absorb MUCH better than paper plates (which are usually designed to not get soggy), but the liquid watercolors would still create very bright and vibrant leaves!Delete
These look gorgeous and a relatively mess free activity too, I love it!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Em!!! :)Delete
We did these today, and they are GORGEOUS. Can't wait to get them hung on our glass French doors. Thanks for this idea.ReplyDelete
Oh they are going to look so beautiful!!! Thank you! :)Delete
Love this! I did it with my daughter (3) recently and it was so fun, we made more to mail to grandparents! Thank you! I had her use one of those cheap plastic paintbrushes that comes with a tray of kid watercolors, so the colors spread slowly and beautifully. I just free-handed the leaves, although I should have used yours because mine look questionable :) Looking forward to trying this as flowers in the spring too!ReplyDelete
Yayyy! They sound awesome - I LOVE that you sent some to the grandparents. What a fantastic idea!!! :)Delete
How long does it typically take for these to dry before you can hang them?ReplyDelete
Great question...I think probably 3-4 hours? I've never timed it though so I'm not 100% on that estimate. :)Delete
I LOVE THESE FALL LEAF SUNCATCHERS GOING TO DO NOWReplyDelete
DO NYOU HAVE ANY WINTER COFFEE FILTER SUNCATCHERS SNOWMEN ORVSNOWFLAKES OR XMAS TOO MADE WITH COFFEE FILTERS IF YOU DO COULD YOU LET ME KNOW LOVE THESE
Thank you so much! I don't, but you could use the same technique to make some!Delete
hi, how do you prevent the coffee filters from rolling up on the sides like a wet paper? or does this not even happen?ReplyDelete
We didn't have that problem! If you do though, you could always flatten them between books once they are dry.Delete
Hi Asia, I just found your website and already, I'm pinning away. My daughter homeschools her kids. (3 & 6) The 3 year old hasn't "started" yet but you can see he's interested and wants to do things his big sister does. When she started this homeschool lifestyle I said I would do what I could on my end because they visit weekly. Your ideas are perfect for the kinds of this we can do together. They recently told me that I need more fall decorations so guess what we're going to do next week? Off to the store I go for liquid paint and eyedroppers (although I like Jessica's idea of dripping paint brushes!) Thanks for the simple fun ideas you put out there for others to enjoy. God bless you & your family.ReplyDelete
Thank you Linda! And what lucky grandkids you have! <3 Hope you all enjoy the activities.Delete
We’ve been watching Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure a lot lately, and I love the scene at the beginning when Iridessa aims the light through the leaves and they shimmer in all their jewel tones. I’ve been looking for a fall suncatcher idea, so I thought I would see if someone had designed something around that scene. I did a Google image search, and your post came up several times and looks just about as close to those leaves as I could find. I’m so excited to do this!ReplyDelete