6080: Autumn Splendour
A New Leaf
| The perfect fall project
is sometimes as close as a walk in the woods or your favourite
park. Colourful fall leaves are the perfect inspiration
for what I call "A New Leaf", which involves
sandwiching leaves between pieces of glass. They're perfect
for displaying on a fireplace mantel or to give as gifts.
First of all, remember to be careful when you’re
dealing with glass; handle sharp edges with care, and
try not to get fingerprints on it.
- 6 x 6 inch square panes of glass
- 5.5 x 5.5 inch pieces of paper, in fall colours,
such as wheat and green
- Leaves collected from the street, such as American
- Metal tape, gold, silver, and copper
- Tiny hooks
Select a leaf and a complementary-coloured paper. Lay
the paper down onto the pane of glass, and lay the leaf
down on top of the paper.
Trim the tag with pinking shears and write the type of
leaf, such as “American Elm”, on the tag.
Note: you can make this an educational experience as well,
using a reference book so that you can identify the leaves
Place the tag on the glass, then lay a second piece of
glass on top, making sure that everything is perfectly
Attach the two pieces of glass together with some clips,
to ensure the insides don’t move around when you
Squeezing the glass together, run the metal tape all the
way around the outside of the frame.
Set them on a windowsill, place them on a tiny easel,
hang them on the wall, or hand them out to all of your
guests. No matter what the angle, you and your guests
will see that this certainly is a new leaf!