I really do love Autumn and enjoy doing Fall art and craft activities with the children that capture some of the season’s magic and bring all the beautiful colours inside.
I’m excited to share our latest activity with you…these colourful Fall Art – Window Paintings (sun catchers). With the light behind them they create really pretty silhouettes of all the different leaf shapes your children can find and make a lovely Autumnal display of colours that looks great on any window.
I love that this craft involves going on a leaf hunt with the children first and then getting to bring all those fabulous leaves inside to look at more closely and chat about.
The simplicity of this Fall art activity means that children of all ages, even the very young, can have fun with it and create stunning window displays.
I also love the flexibility of it, as it’s really easy to do in all sorts of sizes from tiny one leaf pictures to great big collaborative pieces. So whether you have one child or a class of 30, whether your windows are tiny or enormous, this is a great activity for you all.
How To Make A Fall Art Window Painting
You Will Need:
- Sticky back plastic (contact paper)
- Blue Tack (or similar)
I have made a short video “how-to” below, which I hope really shows how easy this activity is. I’ve jotted down the step by steps as well for those of your that prefer it that way.
- Cut out two pieces of sticky back plastic to your desired size. The one in the photo is 45cm x 45cm.
- With the paper side down and plastic side up, Blue Tack one piece of sticky back plastic to the table to stop it rolling up. (Set aside the second piece until last.)
- Lightly Blue Tack the leaves into the desired position on top of the plastic.
- Dip the sponge into the paint and dab it up and down all over the plastic until covered. (Be careful not to move the leaves.) This is a super time to chat with the children about the colour mixing you can see going on.
- Allow to dry naturally or speed up with a hairdryer on a cool setting.
- Remove the leaves to reveal the unpainted silhouettes.
- Take the second piece of sticky back plastic, remove its backing and place it over the first sheet to seal in the painted surface.
- Remove the backing of your finished piece of Fall Art and pop it on display on a window.
Here’s some associate links to products you might find useful for this project.
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