My girls are getting old enough that they want to start giving gifts now; birthdays, holidays, it doesn’t matter, but they want to be part of the gift giving experience. However, they are too young to understand the concept of money. I suppose they think that stuff just appears. So instead of giving them money to buy presents, we are trying to encourage them to get creative and make gifts for people. These metallic leaf bowls are a perfect example of something my girls can make (with help) and give.
We’ve been going on a lot of nature walks and collecting leaves, acorns, pine cones, whatever the girls see that interests them. Anyway, we found these humungous leaves. I don’t know what kind of tree they’re from. I’m guessing maple, but I have no idea which kind. Anyway, I had seen some leaf bowls on Pinterest and knew that I wanted to make some with these big guys.
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Air dry clay
Paint & Brushes
Start by rolling out enough air dry clay to lay your leaf on. Don’t roll out your clay too thin – it will crack when it dries. 1/4 inch thick should do well to prevent cracking but also be thin enough to make a good bowl.
Use your butter knife to cut out the shape of your leaf.
Tear off a long strip of aluminum foil. Wad up length-wise to create a foil “rope”. Circle around to make a hoop for your bowl to sit on and dry.
Have you worked with air dry clay or made any gifts with it?
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