California isn't exactly known for it's fall foliage (although the vineyards put on a pretty gorgeous fall display), and this year has been extra strange with the drought and Indian summer weather, but autumn has finally reached us and the tress have stopped trying to bloom and decided to put on a different show instead. To celebrate, the boys and I went a long walk around the neighborhood, enjoying the crisp air and loading the stroller with pretty leaves. Just when I thought we had done just about everything there is to do with fall leaves, Jude came up with this awesome new idea (and a few others we will share soon) to create fairy planes. This is such a great way to take the fun of throwing leaves and make it last long after the pile has been raked up. This craft is easy, fun, and great for all ages! Keep reading to learn how to make your own as well as a fun list of other fall leaf crafts!
How to Make Fall Leave Airplanes
All you need to make these fun fall gliders are a piece of paper, a collection of fall leaves, and a glue stick.
Start by folding your paper into a simple airplane. Next select pretty fall leaves that fit on your airplane. Rub the back of each leaf and apply it to your plane. Over lap makes for a pretty effect but be sure you don't weigh down your plane too much. Your plane can be decorated as completely as you'd like. Below are a few examples of what your finished product might look like depending on the age and enthusiasm of the crafter.
Let your glue dry a bit and get throwing! We were surprised at how well they flew! Jude had a blast imaging little fairies and sprites going for a ride on their special gliders. And when they land in a pile of leaves, they blend right in! I hope you have as much fun making and playing with these as we did.
Looking for more fun things to do with fall leaves?
Make a cool mask!
Press them into pumpkin spice playdough.
Preserve them the easy way!
Everything is better with glitter!
Make leaf stick puppets.
Wishing you a beautiful autumn!!