Tree Crafts for Kids


Leaf Batik
Creating a leaf batik takes a few steps, but the result is well worth the effort.
Creating a leaf batik takes a few steps, but the result is well worth the effort.
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Create a leaf batik and use it for a decorative and interesting wall hanging in your room. Batik is a centuries-old craft that uses wax and dye to create patterns on fabric. The shapes of leaves inspire batik designs in this project.

This is a great craft for kids and adults to work on together. There are more steps to this craft than with some others; a few of the steps are best left to grown-ups, but kids will have fun working on the craft too.

What You'll Need:

  • Leaves
  • Green crayons
  • Cans
  • Pan
  • Water
  • Old paint brushes
  • Fabric
  • Cold water dye (in two colors that can mix)
  • Paraffin wax
  • Newspaper
  • An iron

Step 1: Gather several leaves with interesting shapes.

Step 2: Use a green crayon to trace the shape of the leaves onto a piece of fabric.

Step 3: With help from an adult, put some peeled, broken green crayons in a can. Then put the can in a pan of boiling water to melt the crayons. Never melt wax or crayons directly on a stove burner. They can catch fire.

Step 4: Using an old paintbrush, spread melted crayon into the leaf shape on your fabric. Coat it completely; then give it time to dry.

Step 5: Mix a light-colored cold-water dye with water, according to the instructions on the package.

Step 6: Crumple your fabric and dip it in the dye. Allow it to dry.

Step 7: Melt paraffin wax in a can in boiling water. Paint branch shapes or any other shapes you like with the paraffin onto the fabric.

Step 8: Crumple your fabric and dip it into a darker dye. Allow it to dry.

Step 9: Roll your fabric hard in your hands to break up the wax and peel off as much as you can.

Step 10: Place the fabric between several sheets of newspaper and ask an adult to help you iron it. The iron will melt the wax, which will be absorbed by the newspaper. Replace the newspaper often, until most of the wax is gone.

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