Thursday, 24 April 2008

Leaf printing

Those of you with little (or not so little) children might have already come across the Crafty Crow - a blog devoted to ideas for crafty activities with children of all ages. Recently there was a link to an idea for imprinting leaves and so on into clay - which tied in beautifully with both our nature table scavenger hunts and with using up the brightly coloured fimo lurking in our cupboard (yet another impulse purchase that never turned into the project it was intended for).

These are easy peasy - a ball of Fimo, a leaf on top then squiiiiiiish with the base of a glass and bake them. The detail is amazing. and it's fun to see features you don't always notice on the leaf itself:

ivy



fern


something I can't remember (slapped wrist - what kind of scientist doesn't label experiments?!)



pine cone



shell



We started off making flat discs that I thought could live on our nature table, but they were quite chunky, and the girls insisted on making rather a lot of them, so genius Mr Dottycookie came up with the idea of making them into a mobile. I'm afraid I left them to it - there were some very firm ideas flying about and my idea of tying the blobs to branches was absolutely not was what required; bamboo, hacksaws and string were far more appealing. He was so pleased with the way it turned out that he made a hole in their ceiling for a hook and takes great pleasure in twirling it around for them at bedtime like one of those roundabouts with swings hanging from it.


I love it too!

31 comments:

  1. What an amazing idea - I love it. The leaf prints are so effective.

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  2. The leaf prints are fab and what a clever husband you have there - great mobile Mr DC :)

    xxx

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  3. It looks great ... I particularly like the one you can't remember the name of! It looks a bit like elephant skin ... could it be that do you think??

    ;)

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  4. I wonder if I could drag No2 off his Xbox to do something similar with the fimo that he MADE me buy him a while back...it has been sitting there forlornly for weeks waiting to be played with.
    The mobile is fab!

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  5. Top project! Fimo eh? Never had an excuse to get my mitts on that before. And it's almost pay-day. Hahahahaha.

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  6. What!! Two crafty people in the same family - will he be starting his own blog soon?

    I wondered if you had gone wild and produced a shop full of FIMO pendants but a mobile...inspired!

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  7. That mobile idea is as inspired as the original discs.

    In reading the latest available Country Living I see they are pushing the idea of nature tables. I won't have one only on the basis that it will just be one more messy corner in my home! I love it as a concept though.

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  8. This is fabulous, I love the bright colours and will have to get some fimo now! Very nicely presented by Mr DC too :O)

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  9. gorgeous, and I think it's ok when playing with the children to stop being a scientist, and just play, well that's my excuse for being hopeless disorganised when I used to be a lab control freak.

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  10. I think I may have broken out in a rash ready your post - these leaf prints are SO exciting! I'm thinking of Bronwie projects, Christmas presents, fun decorations, other things toprints....And the mobile makes me almost hyperventilate. I'm not sure if I should seek medical attention or go for a Fimo run!! THANKS!

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  11. That is fantastic! So what if Mr DC didn't like your plan for mobile making - it looks like a great bit of Team-Work by the Dotty-Cookies both little and large!

    I hadn't heard of the Crafty Crow blog so I have now added it to Google Reader - thanks for telling me about it!

    Snorting with laughter now as I have just seem mad-ol'-monkee-maker's comment!

    Lucy x

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  12. That is gorgeous! What a clever Mr Dotty Cookie! The leaf prints are rather fab too - my favourite is the one you can't remember!
    Lovely to see you today!
    Gina xx

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  13. Love this idea - especially making into a mobile.

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  14. You always do such fantastic things with the kids. It looks really fabulous as a mobile!

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  15. A lovely idea and the mobile is very good too. Jane x

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  16. They look fantastic Val! Its great that a kids activity has turned into something that cute. How creative! x Rachel

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  17. I love fimo - it was my first foray into craftiness as a child, and has stuck with me ever since. That's such a great idea - will try it with the girls.
    Cathy

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  18. I loved the little bit of non designed nature

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  19. Mobile looks lovely. I agree with Jennie, you do great things with your family!I enjoy looking in on your posts.
    best wishes
    c*

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  20. Hello Anne Margaret - Quick! Someone get this woman some fimo! I have some ideas too - will have to trade notes :-)

    Hello c* - I'm glad you enjoy reading what we're up to. I just wish I was more organised about writing about it all!

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  21. What a delightful mobile :)

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  22. What a great idea! My youngest loves Fimo and spends hours making things with her friends. I'll have to get some leaves from the garden for her to have a go. They'd make good little necklaces too
    Kimx

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  23. Those are very pretty...and I love the bright colors of the clay! Super idea! Happy Days ((HUGS))

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  24. A round of applause for Mr. Dottycookie :) Great idea. The plant you can't remember definitely makes the grooviest impression.

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  25. What a great idea, I would love to try it, now I read someplace that you needed a special oven, well not your cooking oven due to toxic gases let out during the cooking process...is this true because I see lots of people use it and no mention of another ove? let me know because if not I am off to buy some tomorrow!!!

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  26. That is fab, I'm going to have a look right now, I'm sure there is some stuff for me and Twiglet to try.

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  27. brilliant idea - they make a fab mobile!

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  28. These are really pretty! I love the hearts on the wall too behind the mobile :-)

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  29. I really like this idea..

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