Whimsical Autumn Leaves Windcatcher
September 7, 2009
There are crafts that I do with my kids that I deem post-worthy, and crafts that I really wouldn’t write about. But this one turned out pretty cute, so I thought I’d share.
Since I was going away for the weekend, without the kids, to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary, I decided to take my five year old daughter to the craft store and spend a few hours with her, creating something together for autumn. We picked out some fabric leaves and amber beads, and decided to make our own wind catcher.
And it’s true. There is something irresistible about autumn leaves blowing in the wind. Call me sentimental, but now I’m longing for cornfield mazes and pumpkin pie.
Here is our creation:
If you want to spend an afternoon with your kids or grandkids creating something together, then this is an inexpensive keepsake craft.
36” dowel rod, width 3/16 of an inch
Fabric leaves (approximately 50)
Beads of choice
Thin twine or hemp string
Spray paint (optional)
First, carefully cut your dowel rod in half with a saw or very sharp serrated knife.
(Optional) Spray paint your dowel rod dark brown.
Knot your twine or hemp string at the bottom and anchor a bead. Then snip a tiny hole at the top of a fabric leaf and run your string through the hole, knotting it each time, and for every leaf.
Tie your dowels into a cross shape. I used a bit of hot glue to keep mine in a T shape, then secured with more twine.
Hang your wind catcher where you can watch your leaves blowing in the wind.
I confess, I am liking the amber beads sparkling in the sunlight. And the fall colors too.
Happy Labor Day everyone!
Tune in tomorrow for photos from our Napa Valley getaway.