Easy Autumn Crafts – Leaf Butterfly.

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Earlier this year we joined the RSPB and as well as access to all the reserves we enjoy so much, our family membership also came with a Nature Discovery Pack, which we have been making use of.

While some of the seasonal tasks require you to have your own garden or outside space (we live in a top floor flat), many of them you can do anywhere – including making a butterfly from leaves. With each task you do you get to put a ‘we did it’ sticker on the page, which is Freya’s main inspiration.

 

The different colour leaves look amazing at the moment and I was desperate to do something with them, as we have in the past, so this was ideal. Plus, as you might already know, butterflies are one of my favourite things.

While the one in the book is based on a brimstone, we went for a comma as the shape of our leaves suited it raggedy wings better.

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It had been raining overnight so we gathered the leaves and then pegged them on the washing line on the balcony for a good few hours to dry them out.

Once they were ready, we started by drawing a rough butterfly shape and then began filling it in (using two stems for antennae). My initial plan was to return the leaves to the wild once we’d finished but Freya was desperate to keep it so we ended up using PVA to glue them in place. She started off using a dabber but, as always, ended up using her entire hand to spread the glue (whatever makes her happy).

 

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I was really impressed with how well it came out (it looks better in person).

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Once it was dry we cut around it and it held together well (thanks to Freya’s very thorough efforts with the glue). I was wondering if there was a way to frame it, I liked it so much.

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This post isn’t sponsored by or connected to the RSPB but if you’re interested in membership here’s a link to their main website.

 

 

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We Made A Leaf Bowl (And It Wasn’t Just A Gloopy Mess).

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It’s taken a year for me to work up the enthusiasm to give making a leaf bowl another try  – and I’m so pleased I did.

Our last attempt (at a leaf crown because we didn’t have enough leaves) turned into a soggy, smushed up mess. I wasn’t entirely hopeful that this one would be any different but I thought Freya would have fun with the gloopy glue (plus we had a balloon left over from her birthday) so I thought ‘why not?’

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We gathered some lovely leaves, brought them home and set to work.

I used Bostik White Glu (of course) this time, watered down ever so slightly. I cut the stalks off and then got Freya to paste pretty much at will.

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She then handed them to me (the joy!) and I wrapped them around the biggest bit of the balloon. We then liberally applied another coat of glue.

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Before leaving it to dry.

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Ideally, I would have left it for longer than 24 hours but Freya was excited so, even though it was still a bit wet inside, we did the best bit (if you’re four).

As I have a deep hatred of balloons, especially when they pop, Mark did the honours (and I videoed it, holding one hand over my ear which, surprisingly, didn’t help).

Here you go.

Once we removed the balloon it all bounced back into shape and this is how it turned out .

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Would I keep my fruit in it? Probably not. Is it a beautiful addition to our windowsill bringing a touch of the outdoors inside? Absolutely.

Have you ever made a leaf bowl? What did you keep in it?