Our babysitter Charlotte is the crème de la crème of crafters. I met her while she was working at her mother’s Waldorf-inspired store in our neighborhood (the first clue to her crafty abilities), and when she casually mentioned from the checkout counter that she was in the market for some part-time nannying, I grabbed her card and then immediately looked over my shoulder to see what other moms in line might be my competition. She started babysitting for us that week.
I was tickled when Char came to our door with clothespin mermaids for Mia and Isla, complete with felt fins and yarn hair. And I love that she enjoys painting with a toddler, and that general world of finger paint and wet-messy crafts. But this project takes the cake because it is simple and sweet, and only involves one, yes ONE, material: Autumn Leaves.
1. Have your kids run about collecting leaves of their favorite shapes and colors.
2. Pluck off their stems.
3. Overlap the leaves one by one, until you have a long line of them.
4. Take a stem and “sew” two leaves together: Push one stem end through two leaves, front to back. Then pop it back through the two leaves, making a stitch.
5. Complete your stitches through the entire line of leaves.
6. Bend your sewn leaves into a crown, making one more stitch between the end leaves to hold it together.