Once a week or so, I try to have us do a “natural art” activity that incorporates items we have found on our Nature Walks. Yesterday, we walked around our area of base searching for pretty leaves. It has been a dry fall (for here) and we just got our first frosts this week, so the selection wasn’t abundant, but we snipped some multicolored samples and headed home.
Then, we melted paraffin in an old pie tin over a pot of boiling water. Carefully, the girls and I each dipped leaves in the paraffin and set them on a sheet of parchment paper to cool. This should keep them preserved and colorful for a few weeks, at least. I made a little leaf hanging, and then tied leaves onto some yarn to form a garland for the mantle place. At first, I couldn’t find the pie tin so we used a Longaberger pie plate covered in aluminum foil but that was taking forever to melt the wax in. Cheap, heat conductive aluminum is best for sure.
Rachel had an absolute blast doing this craft, and Allison didn’t complain the entirety of our walk despite her insistence on not wearing leggings under her dress. Patrick camped out on my back in the carrier while we dipped, and lunch was served only 30 minutes late. So, all in all, a successful nature + art experience!