OMG! My favorite time of the year is around the corner and we could not wait to start all of our seasonal crafts and activities! I am so excited that Aliza is at the age that she can understand holidays and sessions and it makes crafting so much fun! I remember as a child I always loved window decorations! So what better way to start off our fall activities than with some beautiful DIY watercolor leaf suncatchers!! These were so easy to make and they truly came out so beautifully!
How to make fall leaf suncatchers!
Step 1: First draw your leaves on your coffee filters. You can free hand your leaves (like I did as you can see), or find a FREE leaf template to print and trace onto your filters. I figure leaves come in all shapes and sizes and do not have to be perfect! I tried my best to make those cute fall leaves and then made some simple style leaves. Once you draw your leaf on your filters, cut them out!
Step 2: I made my own liquid water colors using food coloring. I bought the assorted pack of food coloring which included the colors red and yellow. To make orange, I mixed the red and yellow food coloring in a small bowl using ONE drop of red food coloring and TWO drops of yellow. I added a little bit of water to each mixture to make my food coloring, liquid water colors!
Step 3: Now that you are all set up, you can begin!
This activity is so simple and fun! I introduced one color at a time to make it easier to separate our colors on the leaf. The water colors spread quickly and it is really cool to watch them twist and swirl!
Using a paintbrush was a lot easier for my toddler! If you want to increase the difficulty for this activity you can introduce a water dropper! Water droppers are a great tool for hand strengthening and fine motor skills! It takes skill and we love using these for hand therapy! Water droppers are a little challenging for 2 year olds, but a paint brush works like a charm!
Once complete, gently move your finished leaves to dry on plastic wrap or paper towel. Once dry, your leaves will look like this! They come out so beautiful and vibrant! You do not have to keep your leaves on the plastic wrap. Once they dry you can easily hang them on your window with tape, just the way they are.
Now our windows are ready for the fall! The sun shines through our leaves so nicely and it is so nice to look at!
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