Thursday, September 15, 2011

Tie Dye Coffee Filter Fall Leaves

I'm so ready for the Fall colors.... so we decided to bring some beauty to our window a little bit earlier!!!  We created Tie Dye Coffee Filter Fall Leaves!!!   We did these leaves very much the same way as our Tie Dye Coffee Filter Easter Eggs.  All you need for this project are some coffee filters, water based markers in Fall colors (the ones that work the best are: Mr. Sketch Markers ), scissors, newspaper, water, and Metallic Markers.


First, create a simple leaf shape on your coffee filter.  To create variety,  I created some different sizes of leaves too.  Cut out the leaf and place it on layers of newspaper so the markers or water won't soak through to your table!


Now color the leaf shape with water based Fall color markers like brown , red, orange,  and yellow.  We made patches of colors rather than just one color.  You can leave a little white showing.


Here is an example of one leaf that C did.  Some were colored with smaller patches of color too.


After coloring,  make sure the leaf is placed on the layers of newspaper and spray with a mist over the leaf to make the colors run.  Don't put too much water or the colors will fade away too much! (C loves this process!)

After done spraying,  let the leaves dry for a few hours.  We let them dry over night.  


After the leaves were dry,  we used metallic markers to add veins to our leaves. Adding the veins gave the leaves  a finishing touch that they needed!


Here are our leaves again.  They make great sun catchers too! 


Happy Fall!


This post is shared with: It's Playtime, The Play Academy, Come Together Fall Fun,             Thanksgiving Link-up

29 comments:

  1. Very nice. Definitely gonna add this to my fall leaf theme.

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  2. I love them. I wonder if I can get my 12 years old to do them with me. Lol

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  3. We've used coffee filters to make butterflies, but never for leaves. Such a great idea! Thanks for sharing this!

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  4. They're beautiful! I love them! I'm gonna try these with the girls, but not until it starts getting really cold, I REFUSE to give up Summer!!! :)

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  5. this is beautiful! I want to do this soon. Thanks for the great ideas

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  6. Cute. Pinning this one for our fall/leaf study.

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  7. These are so cute! I am going to have to try these with my fourth grade class.

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  8. These are great, I haven't done any crafts using coffee filters yet but i am so ready to try this.

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  9. These are so pretty! and easy! We'll have to try this project.

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  10. these came out GREAT! Will be doing these with my girls during our fall theme!


    Stop by and link up to the Sunday Showcase! I am pining this idea and sharing on FB! http://momto2poshlildivas.blogspot.com/search/label/Sunday%20Showcase

    Bernadette

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  11. I particularly like how you often use a spray bottle to allow the marker to get all swirly and soft.
    Hey! I'm hosting a Giveaway of one of my drawings over at The Noodle Factory. I invite you and your readers to come by and enter!

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  12. Fun idea! Love creative crafts like this for the kids. Thanks for sharing. :) Just pinned it...
    jaime

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  13. Pretty. We did something like this with dot markers and a medicine dispenser for water, but our leaves ended up rather rainbowy :)

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  14. Just stopping by to let you know that I have featured your project on Fun Family Crafts today! You can see it here
    http://funfamilycrafts.com/tie-dye-coffee-filter-fall-leaves/

    If you have other kid friendly crafts, I'd love it if you would submit them :) If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above.

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  15. Hi, Melissa,
    This is a great idea, and they turned out beautifully!
    This is also a nice variation on the eggs Cassie did in the spring - rather than eyedroppers and foodcolouring using the markers.It will be fun to do, and although my children loved the mess of food coloring (we used q-tips to add the colour, as I didn't have eye droppers), this will be a little easier with my very young ones.
    The effect is very nice, and will dress up our windows.
    Wishing you a Happy Fall!
    Brenda

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  16. This is a great idea! It makes the somewhat dull and grey season more colourful and bright.

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  17. These are great and easy too. I shared your leaves as a craft idea on a fall party planning post.
    http://readysetread2me.blogspot.com/2011/10/fall-party-ideas-using-favorite-books.html

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  18. This is a super cute idea! I would love for you to link it to my Thanksgiving Link Up! http://www.jdaniel4smom.com/2011/11/thanksgiving-traditions-link-up.html

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  19. Just letting you know that I linked to this post in a unit study I wrote about autumn leaves: http://www.zujava.com/leaf-study

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  20. A beautiful activity! I've been exploring your blog with great pleasure and will be following with anticipation! I'd love you to visit me at Dream Painters http://paintersofdreams.blogspot.com

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  21. Just did this today with my 6 year old. My 18 month old didn't last too long. He colored one leaf :) I love this activity since we don't get to see "autumn" colors living here in Hawaii.

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    http://thesensoryspectrumblog.com/2012/11/04/calling-all-bloggers-fun-family-thanksgiving-crafts-ideas-wanted/

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  24. You can also use this process for making feathers for your fall turkeys

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