Fall is one of my favorite seasons. Crisp air, pumpkin spice everything, sweaters, cute boots, and beautiful changing leaves.
I decided to create a simple project that would help capture the essence of this time of year. I especially love to drive around and look at all of the beautiful red, gold, and brown leaves so this craft celebrates just that!
This activity can be done by kids of all ages (18 months+). I recommend using large sponges or paint brushes for children under 2.
1. Pack of solar reactive paper. I used Tedco Sun Art paper.
2. 8.5" x 11" piece of cardboard or heavy card stock
3. White card stock
4. Scissors/paper cutter
5. Glue stick/double sided tape
7. Ink in fall colors (orange, red, brown, etc.)
8. Spray bottle filled with water/access to sink
9. Leaves, acorn tops, flowers, small berries (anything that lays relatively flat)
1. Gather leaves, acorn tops, flowers, berries, etc. Items should be mostly flat as they will be pressed between paper and plastic.
2. Set out 8.5" x 11" cardboard/card stock.
3. Place 1 piece of Sun Art paper on top of cardboard/card stock and set leaves/acorn tops/flowers on top of paper. Make sure the blue side of paper is face up before placing items.
4. Cover the Sun Art paper with included clear plastic piece.
5. Carry the stack outside in a sunny/mostly sunny area. Watch paper. It is ready to be brought inside when the paper has changed to a pale blue color,
6. Remove cover, nature items, Sun Art Paper, and cardboard/card stock.
7. Spray Sun Art paper with room temperature water until fully saturated or rinse paper in sink. Set aside to dry.
8. Once paper is completely dry cut a 3.5" x 5.5" piece and set aside,
9. Cut a 4" x 6" piece of white card stock.
10. Using sponges rub ink across white card stock and set aside to dry.
11. Rub ink across dry Sun Art paper and allow to dry.
12. Turn Art Paper upside down and apply glue/double sided tape.
13. Center on inked white card stock and press down until secure.
14. Place in a 4" x 6" frame or hang on the refrigerator.