Leaf me alone, I'm reading

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Continuing with our Autumn leaves theme, here is an easy craft you can do with minimum effort and maximum effect. Using leaves that we pressed we have created some unique bookmarks. Presumably some of your still read physical books and not kindles right? The kindle has it's place don't get me wrong, it was invaluable to me when I used to commute. I spent the first few months lugging around huge novels to read on the train until I got a kindle. However, you really can't beat a good old physical book to get stuck into. I'm partial to an old, musty, library smelling book.

Over the years Daddy Patronus has brain-washed me into no long folding the corner of pages to bookmark them. I remember his sheer horror when he first found out I did that... *halo smiley face emoji* However, I am ALWAYS looking for a bookmark and there always seems to be a lack of one anywhere near me. With that in mind we made some Autumn 2017 safe keeps that we get to look at every time we open our books. 

Just a note to this activity, there is no reason you can't do this with flowers/petals from a special day. Perhaps you were a bridesmaid at a wedding, or your Mummy or Daddy is getting married, or perhaps you just had a really lovely family day that you want to remember forever. All you need to do is pick a flower, daffodil or leaf from wherever you are, press it and freeze it in time by enveloping it with contact paper.

All you need is:

  • Autumn leaves
  • Heavy books
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Contact Paper

Instructions:

  1. Go for a walk with a bucket and collect any interesting looking leaves you can find. We're always drawn to the bright colours, or changing colours. 
  2. When you get home, gently place your leaves flat on a piece of paper. Place another piece of paper gently on top of them and add some heavy books/anything heavy on top of them. Leave them there overnight. 
  3. The next day carefully lift everything off them and see how flat and thin they have become. Be careful not to break them. 
  4. Cut some contact paper to the right size, then cut another piece, matching in size. Take the backing off one piece of contact paper and place the non-sticky side down on the table. Gently place your leaf onto the stick side. Gently rub the leaf so it sticks to the contact paper. Then take the backing off the other piece of contact paper and starting at the top, sticky side down, lower it and carefully place on top of the leaf so that it sticks. Start at the top and smooth the contact paper down with you finger so not to let any air bubbles in. 
  5. Once you are happy it is smoothly stuck down, with the scissors neatly cut around the leaf. Make sure to leave about 1cm border around the leaf otherwise they will unstick. 

Everyone loves a good leaf pun. With that in mind...

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