Wednesday, November 4, 2009
We went on a really long leaf hunt yesterday and collected all different kinds of fall leaves and funky tree bits. The variety was really cool and the girls had fun running from yard to yard with their little buckets. This morning, we dumped all the leaves and stuff onto some cookie sheets, and baked them at 200 degrees for 45 minutes to make sure any resident bugs or eggs were good and dead. We got that little gem of advice off the internet. (Ro is in the blue-striped jammies, and Ree is in the white and pink ballet ones.) Then we got some heavy paper plates (we used the cardboard Chinet ones), traced circles in the middle, and cut out our wreath backings. At this point Ro decided to make a fall wreath like we had planned, and Ree (as usual) marched to the beat of her own drummer. We used a hot glue gun to stick leaves, acorns, and lots of fun stuff to the paper plates. (You've gotta use hot glue because Elmer's just won't hold the heavy leaves in place.) Ro's fall wreath came out really cute! Ree made a wreath form, then went hog wild with brightly colored paper strips and ribbon that made us all grin. She also used up two whole bottles of Elmer's glue, but we don't really need to talk about that. Her wreath was so Ree, and we love it! The contrast between their creations is my favorite part—the two wreaths are about as different as Ro and Ree, and that makes me smile. Then it was craft-free-for-all time. I don't know what all they were doing, but it occupied them for about two hours, which is always a good thing in my book. Go BobBob! Thanks for all the fall craft ideas. We still have a big ole pile of leaves, and BobBob and the girls are out collecting acorns as I type, so look for more craft pictures soon. And if you have any other ideas, please share!