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Meet Katy, International Mom
19 Dec 2014 19:01

By Michelle McDaid Married to Sam with 4 kids, Violet (6), Tytus (6), Jackson (2), Finley (9mos) THE JOURNEY TO BRING HOME VIOLET & TYTUS We met Katy’s eldest children, Violet and Tytus, back in April at ou [ ... ]

Newborn Parent Essentials
07 Dec 2014 17:04

By Michelle McDaid
Photography by MbyMPhotos.com We asked local parents to share the must-have items that helped them through the newborn stage; the essential, but not-necessarily-so-pretty gifts they would have loved to [ ... ]

Excercise with your Kids
07 Dec 2014 16:30

Get Fit & Have Fun with your Kids By Giselle Schroer Do you struggle with finding time to excercise because you're busy being a parent? Luckily there's a way you can get in a quick workout while modeling healthy ha [ ... ]

On Repeat This Month
06 Dec 2014 18:01

    From the Theatre of Lights to Outdoor Ice Skating, we've rounded-up the coolest winter seasonal events in town! Check out December's holiday ongoing events HERE.

Ho-Ho-Holiday Crafts
05 Dec 2014 22:06Ho-Ho-Holiday Crafts

Tis the season to pull out the glitter and the glue and let the kids dive in to create one-of-a-kind decorations and gifts.     Tutu Precious Snowflake Ballerina   Glitter Ornaments  [ ... ]

Go Play! Ski & Snow
05 Dec 2014 21:56

Go Play! Ski & Snow By Keilah Woodard If you’ve been thinking of taking a trip to the snow this season, now is the perfect time to start planning! Whether your family is filled with snow novices or experienced s [ ... ]

5 Tips for a Healthier Split
04 Nov 2014 19:40

Can you rise to the challenge? By Lorene Paso So you didn't make it as you planned. Well, it's not the end of the world and the sad facts are that you are not alone. The Divorce rate is close to fifty percent. It's tim [ ... ]

On Display {exhibits} December
25 Jul 2014 08:00

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            New  The Augmented Reality Sandbox
Ongoing at Sacramento Children’s Museum
Children can create their own topographical lands [ ... ]

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Create a Leaf Printed Banner of Your Own

By Heidi Kundin

Leaf printing is a lovely way to capture the changing colors of the season. Spend an afternoon creating this leaf printed banner with your family, and this beautiful autumn display will last in your home until long after the last leaves have fallen.

 

What You'll Need:

  • Cardstock
  • Various shapes and sizes of leaves
  • Assorted colors of acrylic or tempera paint
  • Foam paintbrush
  • Rolling pin
  • Hole punch
  • Twine
  • Paper towels or wipes for messy fingers

Directions:

  • Start by gathering your leaves - softer leaves work best for printing, so leave the crunchy ones on the ground and seek out the more flexible and green ones.
  • Pour several different colors of paint onto a paper plate or baking sheet into a thin layer, overlapping to create a marbled effect.
  • Older children can use a foam paint brush to dab the marbled paint on to their leaf. Younger children can dip their leaf directly into the paint tray, but be sure that there isn't too much paint on the leaf or it will result in a gloppy and distorted print. Avoid this by using only a very thin layer of paint in the paint tray if you intend to dip your leaves into it.
  • Sandwich your painted leaf between two sheets of cardstock and lightly roll over the stack with a rolling pin. Use firm but gentle pressure for the best printing results.
  • Remove the top piece of cardstock and carefully peel up the leaf to reveal the print.
  • To create a banner from your leaf prints, cut your prints to your desired shape and size, punch a hole in the top corners and string them along a piece of twine.

Heidi Kundin lives in Lincoln with her husband and three sons, Sawyer (6), Sutton (5) and Simon (1). You can find her blogging about all things crafty over at MomsCraftySpace.com