Kid Project: 5-Minute DIY Fallen Leaf Wreath

We are having picture perfect fall weather here in Oregon right now. Knowing it will disappear all too soon, I’ve been encouraging the kids to play outside as much as possible. Today, after naps, we wandered the backyard admiring all the fallen leaves. We got our baskets and filled them with ones we liked – bright ones, dark ones, crinkled ones, big ones, little ones… we only have one deciduous tree in the backyard, so most are maple leaves unless they blew in from an adjacent yard. Then I tried to think of a project we could make with all of them… perhaps a wreath?

This is just about the quickest wreath project ever. I ran in to get my glue gun, and then remembered it was at a neighbor’s. She brought it over and then I looked around for something to use as the frame. This could be as simple as a piece of circle-cut cardboard, but what we used was the plastic ring from a pack of danishes that I bought from Costco. I used the glue gun to place wads of glue around the ring and Chloe and I would choose and stick leaves on top, being very careful of the hot glue (note to self: get a low temperature glue gun for these kinds of projects). For a consistent look I suggested we place all the leaves face up with the stem toward the inside of the circle. Leo was more interested in running leaves around in his tractor trailer, so he didn’t really participate except for leaf collecting.

Ta da! After just a couple of layers we had a festive wreath to hang near the front door. I think Daddy will be pleasantly surprised to see it there when he comes home this evening, don’t you?


Orange Leaf

Photos by Joe H from Yelp. Click on the photos above to see more.

There is so much I’d like to be writing and sharing right now – Chloe turning 14-months-old(!), getting paid to photograph my first product shoot(!), drumming up the courage to submit photos for consideration in a juried art exhibit(!), working on a graphic design project for a service to benefit the low-income, elderly, and the environment(!) – but for some reason, I can’t seem to pin down my thoughts on any of those things right now, so instead…

I’ll mention our recent trip to the mall :-). We were so bored with the rain yesterday, and with Chloe bouncing off the walls we hoped it would at least be a dry place for her to burn some energy. I could also get my “free birthday gift” from Sephora, and David wanted to look at pearl earrings to replace one I lost (the original pair was the first jewelry gift he ever gave me, over 15 years ago. You can imagine how my heart broke just a little when I looked in the mirror to find one missing).

Anyways, no luck at Sephora (they were out right now), and none of the pearl earrings we saw were quite right (the original ones were so perfect!), but we did check out a new self-serve frozen yogurt bar called Orange Leaf. I admit I was drawn into the bright and modern design of this little shop, and for 39 cents an ounce it was a decent deal.

The cheesecake was our favorite. It was one of two “low-fats” in a sea of “non-fats,” and where skinny-mini Chloe is concerned, more fat is better. Along with traditional toppings, they had some unusual options like a gummy rice flour candy popular in Asia that I had never heard of. There was a lot of fruit to choose from, too, including fresh options like mango and blueberries, which I got for Chloe. After the first cold bite, where she squinched her face up, she kept saying “more?” “more?” until the bowl was empty. A pretty healthy choice as far as mall food. And the crazy thing? I loved the spoons! They are orange and very modern shaped. Like contoured little shovels. I should take a picture. Anyway, we got two and we’re going to keep them (although they are biodegradable) for when we’re on the go. Cute and yummy!

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