Turn the leaves in your yard into an eye-catching work of art.
- Two tree branches
- hole punch
- Optional: acrylic spray, iron, wax paper, kitchen towel.
- Collect fresh leaves and two nicely shaped branches, each about
two feet long. Place the leaves between two pieces of paper
inside of a heavy book and let them dry for three days.
- If you want your mobile to last longer than a few days, you may
want to apply an acrylic spray to preserve the leaves (this is also
an adults-only job). Let the application dry completely before
attaching the leaves. Another option is to iron leaves between
wax paper (see instructions above) and trim the wax paper around
the shape of the leaf.
- Once you have your leaves assembled and ready for hanging, use
a hole punch to carefully make a hole in each leaf.
- Secure the two branches together with some string, making sure
that they are balanced.
- Hang the leaves from the branches of the mobile with pieces of
string. Use another piece of string to hang the mobile from a hook
to showcase your creation.
Caitlin Murray Giles is a full-time mother of three and part-time freelance writer living in Wicker Park.
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