We adore Autumn Crafts for Kids, especially Leaf Crafts!! Lori at Fun Art 4 Kids has simply the most amazing kids craft blog. She comes up with so many different fabulously cute ideas and sorts them by age groups, which makes it a really handy reference blog. PLEASE do go and take a look! She has VERY kindly agreed to share these FABULOUS leaf bowls with us. Although she says that these are for 4th graders, I think that these are for any age group. I simply adore them!
Note these lovely Autumn Leaf Bowls were first shared in October 2010 and have been republished for your convenience. They are one of our favourite leaf DIYs for fall!
ALTERNATIVES to KILN:
- Lori suggest making them in a Kiln (as per the instructions below), but we had a go with airdrying clay (see our version at the very end of the post), it does mean that they are more fragile and the final “look” is different, but you can have a go at home!!! I followed the instructions below. Let air dry for 3-4 days, painted it with acryclics (with Red Ted) and used an acryclic varnish for sealing. This makes it ornamental, rather than for use with food.
2. You can also make these using salt dough! Yes, salt dough. But remember that salt needs to dry a long time!
If you don’t have access to a kiln use the following materials to make Leaf Bowls:
Another FAVOURITE Leaf craft of ours are these Leaf Lanterns – be sure to check them out too!
Over to Lori:
How to make Leaf Bowls!
- Start with a fist sized lump of potters clay. Review and complete wedging of the clay as usual (to prepare it from air bubbles, etc.) [for some tips on removing air bubbles, see this post here]
- Simply roll the clay into 1/4″ slabs using rolling pins and two guide sticks which help you get an even result.
- Place a large leaf over the clay- facing up so that the veins are down. You leaves as big as your hand- spread wide. Roll the leaf twice to press the design into the clay.
- Use a sharp trimming tool (thin/long nails, an opened thick paper clip or better clay tools work well here) to cut the outline of the leaf shape.
- Smooth the rough edges with one finger and a bit of water.
- Lay some plastic wrap, a paper towel or a thin cotton cloth inside of a disposable paper bowl. Lay your clay leaf inside of the bowl and gently press it down to take its new shape.
- Dry for several days and kiln process as usual.
- I love to use Sax colorburst glazes for fantastic fall results!
And here is mine, that I made with air drying clay & painted with acrylics, I let Red Ted paint it. On reflection we should have done a little “paint splashing” with a contrasting colour over the red, but I still think it looks nice:
Fancy some more Autumn Crafts for Kids?
Or how about these Leaf Crafts!!
Happy Crafting! Hope you enjoy our Autumn Maple Leaf Bowls using Real Leaves!