Introduction: How to Capture Fall's Colors With Scotch Tape
So. You want to capture the beauty of fall, or you are just bored because (like me) you always find clever ways to do your homework at the Very Very last minute. And do something else when you're supposed to be hard at work studying. This is really basic kind of project, the kind you can do during history when your teacher is droning on about the importance of how these people were mean, and these people invaded these other people, (and so forth).
Basically, (if you don't feel like reading the whole instructable) you take a pretty leaf, laminate it with scotch tape, and cut it out.
Step 1: Supplies!
Yay! Fall is so pretty.
You will need the following:
-A pretty leaf (preferably a little one)
-Scotch Tape or some other sort of clear tape)
-A couple minutes to spare on this tutorial
Step 2: Cut Off Any Stem There May Be
Cut off the stem! This might not apply to all leaves... Use your good Judgement! I trust you have some...?
Step 3: Stick Your Leaves Onto the Tape
Cut a appropriately sized piece of tape and stick your leaf on it, with no bits sticking out. Start on the bottom, then cut another piece and put it on the middle. Or, if you have a long skinny leaf, you can just fit it all on one leaf.
Be very careful not to rip your leaf!
It also happens to look nicer if you get the tape aligned perfectly with no overlap, but overlap isn't bad!
Step 4: Finish the Lamination
First, finish the base layer of tape with your leaf on it. If you're having a hard time making the tape layers, you can stick a piece of tape onto your work table by folding the edges over and sticking it down.
Then, start covering the other side with tape, using the same process, only layering from the side instead of the bottom. This makes it stronger!
Step 5: Finishing Touches and Cutting!
Run over your laminated leaf with your fingernail or an altoids tin (yes, your secret stash) to get the air bubbles out and bond the leaf to the tape.
Then, cut around your leaf leaving around a centimeter of space. I trimmed mine first to make it easier.
If you think it looks nicer, I think you could cut it closer- I'm not sure.
Step 6: Yay! We're Done!
Hooray! We made it!
It is probably a good idea to stick this in a big book for a couple days- It might help.
You can use your new leaf for hanging decoration, passive fall art, whatever! Mine is going onto my Journal.
(I'm relatively sure they will not turn brown...)