Wednesday, October 1, 2008
How to make a Leaf Print Banner
I know I have posted a lot of Fall Leaf Projects, here is one more, I promise to then move on to Halloween, Thanksgiving or something else. ( maybe a daily practice painting )
I have done this particular project two years in a row with the grade 1 class. It is a winner. The kids love it and I always get lots of positive comments from the parents.
some material for your banner, acrylic paint in Fall colors, paintbrush, some leaves, a rolling pin or brayer (could even use a soup can), some accent fabric in Fall colors or small print,
wax paper, Heat and Bond or tacky glue, a branch
Cut your fabric to size, I wanted a banner for this one so I cut my fabric the size of a placemat and folded over the top edge to the back and sewed in a seam. This will hold my branch.
You could also cut this narrow for a door sign or long and narrow for a table runner. Lots of possibilities.
Take one of your leaves and paint it with the acrylic paint. Often the underside of the leaf will produce a better print, the veins show up better.
Give it a good coat but you don't want gobs of paint or you won't get a clear print.
Figure out where you want to place it and then turn paint side down on to the fabric. I tell the kids they can't move it once it is down or they will smear their banner.
Take a small sheet of wax paper, place over leaf and then roll the brayer or rolling pin over top. You can use a can if you don't have a roller or whatever the kids use for playdough.
Jeff, age 5
The wax paper helps protect the brayer (rolling pin ) from getting paint on it and then inadvertently smearing it on the banner.
Use a new sheet of wax paper or turn it over with each new leaf.
Make sure to leave some space where your letters are going to go. I also get the kids to put their name and the year at the bottom.
While the prints are drying, take your accent fabric and apply the heat and bond to the wrong side. If you don't have Heat and Bond you can just use tacky glue to glue down the letters once you have cut them out.
At school I have letter templates made from thin cardboard. The kids trace around them on the back (paperside) of the fabric with the Heat and Bond applied.
The hardest part is getting them to trace it backwards so when we iron it it will be in the correct position.
Cut out your letters.
Iron into place as per Heat and Bond instructions and you have a great Fall Banner and keepsake for years to come.
We'll see you next time with a new project or painting that is not leaf related. (promise)