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Autumn Leaf Marionette Birds

| July 21, 2010 | 50 Comments

These actually make a great Autumn Craft for Kids, however you can of course make them at any time of year. As we have been getting some hotter days this year, we have made a few trips to the park recently. Whilst there, we played ball, look at the stream and collected some leaves. Now, I know autumn is the absolute best time for collecting leaves, but as Red Ted was keen, I thought, why not!? I did horrify me to realise that when it comes to leaves, I am clueless. I will have to brush up!

So once we came home, I found a book on leaves. It is about Autumn really, but it is the nicest one I could find on relatively short notice:af craft

Leaf Trouble Leaf Trouble, Jonathan Emmett. This book tells the story of a little squirrel called Pip (perfect for our Pip Squeak!). Pip wakes one day to find that things are different: the leaves are changing colour and falling off the tree. Surely this isn’t right?! What is happening. His mum comes and explains why it is happening and that the leaves will come back again – a little like how the sun sets and comes back again the next day. I love the ending, where Pip compares the beautiful autumn colours to the setting sun. Very pretty.

So. What to make?

We have the leaves. But leaves can become brittle with time. I decided we should try leave rubbing – to discover that Red Ted is still too small. So I changed it to leaf printing and painting!


He loved it! And had great joy doing it all by himself. Choosing colours. Painting and printing. I also found that your preserve the leaf a little if you paint it with acryclic paints. But in a way that seems a shame – you want to look at the lovely colours, no?

Whilst at it, he painted some loo rolls too.


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And I decided t make some autumnal birds. One out of Red Ted’s craft and one out of mine. I selected Red Ted’s prints that worked together well (greens, blacks and greys) and picked an orange set of mine to represent autumn. I used all pieces of string from gift bags & pepples/ forked sticks for feet and marionette handles. (I think the pictures speak for themselves)

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Then we strung them all together:

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And then we played!

Hope you liked our Autumn Leaf Birds!

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Category: Autumn, Kids Craft, Loo Rolls, Nature, Paper Crafts

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  1. Patricia says:

    Adorable!!! Looks like a lot of fun!

  2. MummyMatters says:

    Wow looks like you had lots of fun. I always dread painting and crafts but its never as bad as I think its going to be once I get started! And the kids always love it – I’m feeling inspired perhaps a little arts and crafts in the morning!!

  3. Christy says:

    It’s so much fun to paint on a different surface. My kids love it too.

  4. The birds turned out really cute. Thanks for sharing this book and project!

  5. Michelle says:

    Oh wow these look amazing I am so impressed!! I will have to look for this book to it looks really cute, I will add it to our list for the fall.

    Thank you for linking up to stART!!

  6. Char says:

    Love the birds, very cute.

  7. You are just so stinkin crafty! Where do you get all of these cool ideas? I feel like I am getting an F as a mother. Seems like I never get the time at home do do these fun things with my tyke. Awesome! Just so stinkin awesome! Thanks for linkin to It’s Stinkin’ Cute Craft Thursday as always!

    • Red Ted Art says:

      Oh no! Please don’t feel like you are getting an F in Motherhood. That would be totally contrary to what I want to achieve with this blog. Here to inspire not depressed!!!!! Aaaarrrrggggh. I bet you are really good at other motherly things that I am not (you should see the state that their cupboards and drawers are in for example…). But am pleased that you “like”…

  8. Those are just excellent – I love them! And, it looks like Red Ted had a ball.

  9. I love the marionettes. They look great.

    Although I have to admit, I’m not ready a bit ready for fall to arrive……..=)

  10. Sarah says:

    what a great project! I love how they came out…so fun!!!

  11. JDaniel4's Mom says:

    I love the puppets and the leaf rubbings. These are wonderful!

  12. Absolutely adorable! Love the trimmed rolls to form the bird beak – so smart! Thanks for linking up to Little Sprout Books: Feed Me Books Friday is HERE!

  13. coloradolady says:

    How cute!!! that is a great idea!

  14. What a resourceful person you are, adjusting the craft to suit his skills. The results speak for themselves. He is a lucky little guy, you feed his mind and his creativity so well. Thanks for linking up to Finished for Friday!

  15. Ticia says:

    I love the project! I’ll have to think of a way we might do this.

  16. Chari says:


    Ohhh…I love the marionettes! What a great art/craft project to do with the little ones! Your post took me back to when my three daughters were small and still at home…we were always crafting! Thanks for sharing your post with us today for Sunday Favorites…it’s sooo nice to have you join in with the fun!!!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  17. Becky says:

    Really cute! my kiddos would love to make these, glad I found your site we will be homeschooling in the fall and will be checking back to steal some of your ideas!

  18. Those are adorable!!!! So creative!

  19. J. Hill says:

    Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

  20. I love how you reused the paper tubes and they puppets turned out beautifully!!

  21. teachingyoungchildren says:

    I am adding the book and the craft to the list of things to try in the fall – very pretty!

  22. icklebabe_com says:

    Such a fab idea! and how cute is your little one? …Adorable! :)

    • Red Ted Art says:

      Aaaah thanks! Glad you like them! We certainly had fun making them!! And yes, Red Ted loves painting the most of all our crafty activity! x

  23. Audra says:

    Very fun!
    You don’t cease to amaze me! :)
    Thanks for linking this up as well!

  24. Bridgette says:

    Sorry I am late getting to see your project…thanks for joining us last week for Anything Related! ~Bridgette

  25. amandab says:

    Sorry it’s taken me so long to read this, have had the page open for days, but a sick little girl has seen me a little bit busy in RL.

    Love the leaf painting, I should do that with our box of collected leaves (if they aren’t too brittle) and the birds are lovely! Toilet roll craft is a favourite in our house :)

  26. Michelle says:

    What a neat way to bring in Autumn.
    I love the crafty birds you both made.

  27. Amy says:

    Thanks for the great leaf ideas. I know my little one will want to paint one for sure. Have a great day. Thanks for the second link up..

  28. Pinkoddy says:

    Oh these a brilliant, am really looking at TRH craft atm. Have pinned.

  29. Mama Carmody says:

    I love your marionette birds. They are so cute. I look forward to making these with the little ones in my life.

  30. Perrine says:

    So cute!!!!
    I will do it with my boys, thank you so much!!!
    Where did you find this cute yellow apron with the red apples?

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