small + friendly · Nov 11, 2013

DIY Leaf Mask

I love the idea of a dress up item that is made of natural materials and celebrates the season. Last spring Jude loved his crown of clover, so this fall we decided to make a leaf mask. It was really simple to create and the results, if I do say so myself, are quite stunning. Jude had a blast playing "leaf man" and I think your little one would too!

Want to make your own? Read on for a full tutorial.

You'll need:

  • fall leaves of various sizes (we picked these off of our maple tree)
  • thin cardboard (I used a paper plate but a cereal box would work great)
  • string
  • scissors
  • hot glue

Step one

Preserve your leaves. We skipped this step and I wish we wouldn't have because after a few days the mask got all curly and crunchy.

Step two

Draw a mask shape on your cardboard.

Step three

Cut out the mask, check the eye holes on your little one and adjust accordingly. Punch holes on the sides and add strings to each side with a simple knot.

Step four

Using hot glue, apply the leaves. Start with the largest leaves on the outside and move towards the center with the smaller leaves.

Step five

Tie on and enjoy!

Happy Fall Crafting!

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