Monday, August 2, 2010

Leaf Crowns!


This is one of the many activities we enjoy in the summertime.  Making leaf crowns, and spending an afternoon or two pretending to be Queens of the Forest,  Roman Emperors, or Oak Leaf Fairies!

So...go out and find a tree you LOVE...you can use any kind of leaf to make these...


We have two HUGE Oak trees in our yard...so Oak leaves are our leaf of choice!


Make sure when you pick the leaves that you pull off the stems as well...


You'll want to break off all of the stems...


These are what will hold your crown together...


So now, overlap your leaves a bit, and using the stem, push it through both leaves like so...
you'll need to do this leaf by leaf, until your crown is big enough to fit.  Attach it together, using the same method as above...


Now, get out your imagination, and get down to doing some serious playing...and don't forget to climb a tree or two in the process!  Oh, there is nothing like a tree in the summertime...what a gift from nature!

Of all the wonders of nature, a tree in summer is perhaps the most remarkable; with the possible exception of a moose singing "Embraceable You" in spats. ~Woody Allen


 May nature lead your spirit in play!
xo maureen

28 comments:

  1. what a WONDERFUL sweet idea ! we usually make daisy crowns - we have a lot of them and sunflowers, just make a chain of them and they are a wonderful crown... nature gives us sooo many wonderful gifts...
    light and love
    Autumn mama

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  2. this is lovely, what a great post guys. there are so many wonderful things to play with in our own backyards..xx

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  3. Very, very cute! They look like children the fairies have stolen for their own...and that they don't mind a bit!

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  4. Wonderful! And fabulous photos! I love those smiling eyes :-)

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  5. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this! K has been asking me to make her a leaf crown like September wears in 'Christpher's Harvest Time' for years. Now I can make her one <3

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  6. what a clever idea to attach the leaves together! thanks for sharing. gotta try it on our next walk.

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  7. great idea, as always:):) so very sweet!

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  8. So cool - I love the leaf-stem fasteners! You have so much fun with your kids, they are lucky to have such creative mamas who rember how to play.

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  9. Lovely idea. I love that it can just be done and no crafting supplies to locate. Just leaves. Brilliant. Fun photos. Off to grab the children and drag them down to our oak tree.

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  10. I love this idea! It reminds me of the book Honeysuckle Sipping, which is full of all kinds of stories about the kinds of games and toys children have made with plants and flowers for generations and generations.

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  11. STUPENDOUS! What a fabulous idea and what super beautiful children.

    Hooray!

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  12. Seriously - why have I never thought about this? It is so simple and yet I always think about flower crowns and, really, where I live leaves are way more abundant than flowers. I think I'm going to have to do this tomorrow!

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  13. I love making leaf crowns with my girls! I'm inspired to make some more tomorrow - they love playing "Green Man".

    Thanks for sharing!

    ~carrie

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  14. I love any activity that makes children feel more connected to nature. Won't this be beautiful in the fall when the leaves turn colors? I'll be linking on Facebook. Thanks!

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  15. Heading to the park with our bikes right now to collect some leaves for magical crowns! Thanks!

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  16. OK, so, seriously you are in my new top three favorite blogs! I love, love, love this! I'm a Pagan Mom to three kids and a bonus kid and I'm always looking for cool seasonal/Sabbat related things to do with them, and these are fantastic!

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  17. gorgeous!! ... crowns ready for any midsummer's night dream or fairy elven queen... thank you!

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  18. You have the loveliest imagination.

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  19. Loved the crowns! Thanks for sharing!

    http://ladeladeda.blogspot.com/2010/08/naturally-beautiful.html

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  20. Thank you for this simple and wonderful idea. Here are some pics of our backyard royal crowns!
    http://ltmrfmly.blogspot.com/2010/08/backyard-royalty.html

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  21. Oh, how fun! Gorgeous photos! Can't wait to do this with my son. :-)

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  22. Ooo I just found this! As soon as it stops raining this is what we're doing out back!

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  23. Pinned this here: http://pinterest.com/pin/259097784784902421/
    Love this idea!

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  24. This is so awesome!

    I would love for you to come link up at Artsy Play Wednesday.
    http://www.babygiveawaysgalore.com/2013/08/artsy-play-wednesday-kids-craft-linky_28.html

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