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Leaf Coasters

A great way to get outdoors and to appreciate the beautiful colours of the upcoming fall season is by using nature's bounty, the fallen leaves, for arts and crafts projects!


We found today's blog idea from a variety of sources online. The internet is filled with great ideas for crafting activities for people of all ages, but this one, in particular, is a great option for our senior loved ones and those in our care.


Here's what you need:


  • fall leaves, preferably dry

  • ceramic tiles/costers approx 3' x 3'

  • Mod Podge

  • sponge painting brush

  • a heavy book for "pressing"

  • adhesive felt pads



Instructions:

  1. Gently place the dry autumn leaves flat inside the pages of a heavy book. Once you close the book, you may place a heavy object on top, like another book, to help press the leaves flat enough that they won't curl when placed on the coaster tile.

  2. Once dry and flattened, carefully remove the leaves from the book pages and set them aside.

  3. Using the Mod Podge, which can be found at most craft/DIY stores, apply a thin layer using the sponge brush onto the ceramic tile (which can be bought at any hardware/DIY store).

  4. While still wet from the Mod Podge, gently arrange your fist leaf onto the tile. Place a thick layer of Mod Podge over the leaf.

  5. You may repeat Step #4 by adding layers of leaves onto your tile, always remembering to cover it with more Mod Podge to adhere securely.

  6. Once complete and all of your layers are dried, add one final coat of Mod Podge to the entire tile and let dry. This will provide a nice clear shiny surface once dried.

  7. When your tile is dried and ready to use, adhere the felt pads to the bottom corners of your tile to keep the tile from scratching or scuffing any tabletop surfaces.



 

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