As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.

Friday, September 21, 2012

An Easy Peasy Autumn Craft

When it is September, and it is my turn to host our small homeschool co-op, and the hosting mom plans the craft for the day, what do you think I do?  Plan an autumn craft, of course! 

Besides the fact that it shouts autumn, this craft had a few other things going for it.
  • It was inexpensive.  Most of the supplies were things that I already had.
  • It was pretty.
  • It was flat.  That is appealing if you have five children as my daughter does, and you do not always want to bring home five large things for which you have to find a home (or throw away in the dark of night while praying that Benjamin doesn't ask where his fill-in-the-blank is). 
  • It was simple.   So simple that even the youngest sibling (Alaine, age 2) could make one.

The week before co-op, I gathered our supplies (black construction paper, colored tissue paper, and contact paper), downloaded the template, and began cutting.  I cut out the black outlines and Bekah cut out the tissue paper pieces while we were watching old episodes of Murder, She Wrote.  Easy, peasy.  

On co-op day, all eight children made their leaf sun catchers (complete instructions and downloadable template ~here~), and took home some loveliness for their windows.

I think Bekah and I will make a few more, so we can hang a bunch!


  1. Very cute and dramatic, too. Crafts are so much fun for kids, especially doing them all together this way. (Have you tried the wax paper melted crayons with leaves or made into lanterns? They're another cool craft.)

  2. These are lovely. The children look so absorbed in the making of them, how wonderful. xo

  3. Great craft! I like those that tend to come out looking "useable" even when the little ones make it! Such sweet memories; makes me miss my own babes.

  4. Fun!

    I don't do any of these kinds of fun things with my kids!



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