Earlier this week I had the idea that the girls and I could create some gum leaf Santas together. I collected some perfect gum leaves, created a ‘test leaf’ to check that it would work, and then set it up for the kids one afternoon. Well, they loved the idea totally, but the craft activity changed from ‘gum leaf Santas’ to ‘festive leaves in a range of bright colours’ – and they liven up our living room beautifully!
To make this craft you need some firm, dry leaves. The very crumbly type won’t work as well because they would be a bit too delicate for little hands. If you live in Australia, gum leaves are perfect. You will also need some string, paints, and brushes and that’s about it.
I let the girls pick the colour paints they wanted – you don’t need much because the leaves have only a small surface area to cover.
Miss K happily set about making the Santa leaves. She took my test leaf for a reference and carefully copied it.
Aren’t they gorgeous? Equally gorgeous are Miss R’s spotted, patterned leaves in a rainbow of colours. I tied the leaves to strings and arranged a few bare branches in a vase with some rocks to hang them on. Here are a few pictures of what we came up with…
We are pretty happy with how our leaf paintings turned out. This activity is great for all ages, from toddlers that are old enough to wield a paint brush to older kids and even adults (well me anyway).
For loads more fun and festive Christmas ideas visit my Christmas Crafts board on Pinterest.