This easy project is the perfect way to enjoy the season’s beautiful weather with your kids. Even though the temperatures have cooled off quite a bit in Central Virginia, it is still just the very beginning of autumn…which means that there aren’t very many colorful leaves on the trees yet. When we went out for a hike last weekend, we really had to hunt for some pretty foliage. That turned out to be the boys’ favorite part!
On Sunday afternoon, we headed a few miles up the road to one of our favorite parks: Hoover Ridge. In addition to a boy scout camp, Hoover Ridge has many different nature trails that are well-groomed and beautiful.
On a normal day, we don’t bump into anyone else on these trails. On this particular day, however, there were some horses (and their owners) camping near the entrance of the park.
You just never know what you’re going to find around here!
Once we passed the camp site, we had the paths to ourselves. The boys (including Keith!) had fun looking for the brightest, prettiest leaves they could gather.
Once we got home, it was time to “preserve” our treasures in wax paper. Here are the supplies that you will need to make Fall Leaves in Wax Paper:
- A towel
- An iron
- Wax paper
And the rest is simple: just arrange your favorite leaves on a piece of wax paper. Lay another piece of wax paper on top, and cover with a towel on both sides (so that there is no wax paper showing). Using a hot iron, gently iron on top of the towel until the wax paper inside fuses together. Ta-da! You’re done! It took us a total of about 5 minutes to do this step, and the kids were definitely impressed with the final result!
Just a tip: tape your collage to a window for a seasonal decoration. The light shining through will illuminate the leaves!