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We live in south London.
Just a few miles from St Pauls.
But we’re surrounded by trees.
The lovely park at the end of our street is a remnant of the old Great North Wood.
And in the autumn we practically live in the park.
Holding onto those last rays of summer.
And enjoying the trees in all their golden glory.
We come home laden with conkers and acorns and leaves.
Leaves of every colour and shape and size.
Lots of them end up in a big sludgy pile by the back door that I get cross with.
But every year some of them get commandeered for simple leaf crafts.
And when I say simple. I mean simple.
Basically, anything that takes our fancy that we can make with a pile of leaves, glitter, paint, crayons, string and the odd bit of cardboard. Nothing grand.
Simple leaf crowns. Leaf masks. Leaf rubbing.
Sparkly glitter bunting (aka leaves covered in glitter tied to a bit of string).
That kind of stuff.
But I think this is our favourite leaf craft every year.
It’s simple. It’s quick. It needs no prep. And it’s lovely.
We just get a big piece of sticky back plastic.
Arrange our leaves on them.
And stick it to the back door.
And that’s it.
But the morning light shining through the leaves is beautiful.
Luminating the slowly fading colours. And highlighting the veins.
And all the fine detail of the leaf crenulations.
A sort of leaf stain glass window. In honour of the wood. And its trees.
Do give it a go. It’s lovely.