Last year, we spent some time decorating our sliding glass door with pretty leaves that we cut out of watercolored coffee filters. Since we were in the process of moving, we had to remove our leaves soon after putting them up. I knew that the pretty stained-glass effect that the leaves had in our old house would be wonderful in our current playroom. We took our time with this project and painted our coffee filters one night just before bathtime. The next day, I made two leaf tracers on card stock and Sugar Plum and Little Man traced the leaves on to coffee filters that I had folded into fourths. I then cut the leaves out and we took turns applying a tiny bit of glue stick glue to the backs and sticking them on the window. When it is time to take our pretty leaves down, I will just peel off the leaf and spray the window with glass cleaner to remove any glue residue. Then we'll do it all over again with snowflakes!
Painting coffee filters with watercolors is such fun. We used to make butterflies with them. You just scrunch the coffee filter in the middle and clip it with a clothes pin or by looping a colored pipe cleaner (or chenille stem, as they call them now) around the body and twisting the ends into antennae. We had some of those that we kept for years, clipped onto a plant or a chandelier.
what a nifty idea! ... we tried (and tried) to preserve our leaves with wax paper and our iron, but it did NOT work. boo :(
we will HAVE to try this!
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