Step 1: Materials Needed
Small spray bottle of water
Step 2: The Colors of Fall
Take your coffee filter(s) and add color by using markers and coloring directly onto the filter. There is no right or wrong way to do this. I would suggest using fall colors, but if you want a pink, blue and grey leaf go for it!
The more color you put on the coffee filter, the more color you will end up with to spread out on your filter. Leave white space, you will have some light color or white in your leaf. Feel free to color more filters than you need to play around with the color as you make your decision on what you would like to see as your end product.
Step 3: Bath Time!
As you spray your colors will run. I am not using washable crayolas I'm using traditional crayolas. So the colors still run, but I get much brighter colors than using the washable.
Step 4: Template Prep
Fold your paper slightly (I do not create a crease). Cut a triangle out of the middle. Open the template out then cut out the interior of the leaf.
Step 5: Glue!
When you are ready to glue your filters on, turn your template over so the design of the leaf is face down. Using a thin line of glue go around the template of the leaf. Get close to the edge of the leaf leaving only a 1/4 of an inch space.
Step 6: Adding the Filters
Step 7: Flip It Like a Pancake
Turn it back over so the top of the leaf is laying on the table. Ensure the students name is on the back then let it dry completely.
Step 8: Display It!
I did this as a grandparents day project at the school i worked for, they really enjoyed it. It took about 30 mins from start to finish.
Step 9: PoofRabbit's Tips & Tricks!
- The hardest part about this project for young children is cutting out the interior. You may need to help them make that first opening cut so they get the hang of it.
- Do not feel limited to a leaf, imagine the possibilities of this method with other object. Snowflakes, apples, turkeys, peacocks, windows, bubbling cauldrons and more! You are only limited by your imagination.
- This is very easy to do with a large group, just post the instructions and float around. When I did this at grandparents day I saw over 300 people, and just had to trouble shoot.
- You can hit the filters with an iron to dry them out and make them very flat.
- Permanent markers can work, but you have to spay with rubbing alcohol not water.
- If you want to do this method to a tee shirt, you have to use permanent markers and rubbing alcohol, looks kinda neat.
- Use only the primary colors with white space between each color and you can use the water to create a color wheel.