Monday, October 20, 2008

air sculpture: falling leaves


The boys wanted to hang the waxed leaves (we made on Friday) from our dining room light fixture, but they wanted something to make it special. So, we rolled some air dry clay, cut out leaf shapes, let them dry, and then painted them before stringing them up as the center point of the "air sculpture" (as A calls it).


To get the leaves to hang just right we tied red twine to the ends and strung them up at varying heights. They said it feels like leaves are falling right in our dining room!

15 comments:

Our Home Schooler and Jen said...

lovely I love autumn leaves
Jen

ladybug-zen said...

i am so in love with this

Peter Holland said...

What a neat idea, and great for the kids - very creative and enabling. I wasn't clear how you waxed the leaves though. Sounds like fun, we'd like to have a go (the 10 year old and two year old)

Tara said...

This is such a magical season... what a wonderful way to celebrate it in your home!

Dawn said...

I've gotta try some of that air dry clay. Love the air sculpture! ;)

Anet said...

It looks so pretty! Nice thing is you can keep them up until Thanksgiving!

Lynnie said...

I am loving all of your fall crafts-for-kids ideas! I have never toyed with wax before and now I am dying to try it. While having the wax out, I also want to try drawing with wax on shirts and then dying them. Hope you're enjoying the fall days!

Karen Maezen Miller said...

Wow. Are you ever mother of the year, every time of year. I'm going to let myself off the hook by complaining that my leaves are near pretty enough to make the effort!

Amy Bradstreet said...

Thanks for the kick in the pants...must go get out the beeswax. Really great project, thanks for the reminder!

Mama Randa Morning Glory said...

Wonderful! Consider the idea stolen ; )

We went on a walk the other evenign and found BEAUTIFUL leaves to encapsulate in wax-- however we failed to find a big enough pan that we were willing to devote to wax melting, so we left them overnight and just as I predicted the were dry and crumbly by morning. Looks liek we'll be collecting again!

Yarrow said...

Oh so groegous! We did a Mabon mobile last year that was very similar but the leaves were not waxed so they didn't hold their colors. Note to self for next year....blessings.

Lisa said...

Looks great! I am going to do the wax leaves this weekend.

MamaAngel said...

I can't wait to try this! We're headed up to the mountains of North Carolina soon and I plan to come back with a basketful of Fall leaves. The ones down here in Nashville haven't completely turned yet.

Cori@SAHMbles said...

Love it!

Mon @Holistic Mama said...

Hi, I found your site through Zahn Zone. Nice to find another unschooler. And what great photos. Mine are so rubbish, lol.