We first made these Leaf Lanterns about three years ago at German Toddler Group – one of the other carers with tons of group crafting experience showed us how to make them – making this a great Autumn Craft for Preschoolers as well as Autumn Craft for kids!!!
When we first made this leaf lantern, I totally fell in love it! Especially as they were SO easy to make and even the little ones could enjoy joining in. Finally, 3 years later, we had another go. Of course, mine are a little neater, crafting with two kids is much easier than crafting with 10, but the principle applies and lends itself to a group environment! We make these for St Martin’s Day and I first shared our St Martin’s Day lanterns a few years ago. We try and make a new one each year as I try and instill the love for this tradition in my kids whilst living in the UK! Clearly, you can still make these lovely Leaf Lanterns WITHOUT celebrating St Martin’s Day! Just leave them on the mantle piece of take them out for your own special lantern walk!
PS The BEST thing about this craft, is you do NOT HAVE to press your leaves to do this. You can make them on the day you collect your leaves, so long as they are not wet!
Another leaf craft favourite of ours are these Leaf Bowls – do take a peak
Leaf Lantern Materials
- Autumn Leaves in different colours and sizes (smaller is better),
- grease proof paper – any will do, but if you can find white, even better,
- cheese boxes (to give the lantern structure, but of course, you can make your own base etc from card),
- glue or stapler,
- if turning into a St Martin’s lantern – wire and a stick,
- electric tea lights
If you can’t get hold of the “cheese cartons” – check out the auto play video for an alternative method !