I am on Pinterest every day. Seriously, every day. It is my go-to resource for all of my craft and educational needs. I have a lot of incredible stuff pinned to boards.
Need a science experiment to go along with a lesson on magnets? Check Pinterest! Need a holiday craft to liven up the house? Check Pinterest! Need a – you get the picture.
Just like everyone else however, I also have the case of the “some days.” “Some day” I’ll make this. “Some day” I’ll add this to my lesson plan. “Some day” I’ll …… the list is endless.
This year I have been very intentional about moving my pins from “some day” to right now, by taking items from my Pinterest boards and making them a reality.
So when my friends at iHomeschoolNetwork decided to do Pinterest Flips & Flops: Autumn, I jumped right in.
Will it be a Pinterest Flip or Flop?
Autumn Leaf Bowl
Sure, it looks awesome, but will it really work?
My first mistake was not looking for autumn leaves
in August earlier. I had a hard time finding appropriate leaves because apparently Christmas starts at the beginning of November. Who knew?
Luckily, I was able to find small Christmas stems that looked “fall-ish.”
After I started gluing the leaves on, I quickly realized that I needed to change three things if I attempted this project again.
- shop earlier to get larger leaves
- choose thin leaves that are not covered with coloring and glitter
- press them flat before attaching them
As you can see, this was a complete flop! The whole thing remained pliable, even though I let it dry for days. I’m sad about this one. I was excited about having a leaf bowl.
Marbled Paper Autumn Leaf
Another pin that I have been eyeing from my Holiday Crafts board is this marbled leaf.
I have dyed fabric before, using paints and oils, and always LOVED how it looked. So when I saw this easier version (using shaving cream and paint) I knew that I wanted to show my kids how to create marbled paper.
I bought some red, green and yellow acrylic paint and started swirling.
My first attempt was more of a flop than a flip. I was able to get marbling on some, but others were just a brown mess full of streaks.
However, I realized that I wasn’t waiting before scraping the excess paint off and the item I used was too small.
I tried again, changing the squeegee that I was using. My second round produced a nicer marbled effect, however, even on these, I was left with white spots and some streak marks.
I was able to paint two leaves before I washed the pan out and started again.
Overall I think this was more of a flip than flop. It is a technique I will probably try again and hopefully my results will continue to improve.
I don’t know, maybe I should stick with my Autumn Luminary!