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Design Autumn Fairy Leaf Table Toppers

While planning for Thanksgiving, consider making these sponge-painted leaves from Disney Family to help dress up your Thanksgiving table. Get the whole family involved in this creative activity. Inspired by the autumn fairies of Pixie Hollow that bring colored leaves to fall, these leaves use craft paper and transform them into beautiful creations just like the fairies.

What you need for the project:

  • PDF from Disney Family
  • Scissors
  • Yellow craft paper
  • Red craft paint
  • Paper plate for the paint
  • Newspaper or cardboard for covering your work surface
  • Sponge
  • Glitter glue
  • Glue dots
  • Glue stick
  • 5.5-inch length of brown pipe cleaner for each leaf
  • Small paintbrush or foam brush
  • Glue sealer, such as Mod Podge
  • Scrap paper and string (for making name tags)

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  1. Print the template and cut out the pieces. Use the pieces as patterns for cutting different size leaves from yellow craft paper. For each leaf, you’ll need to cut a matching pair of shapes (one for the front and the other for the back).

2. Put some paint on the paper plate and thin it with a few drops of water.

3. Working on a protected surface, show your child how to sponge red paint onto the leaves to give them a colorful mottled appearance. (Have her practice on scrap paper first, if she likes.)

4. Add a touch of “pixie dust” by accenting the painted leaf tips, or the whole leaf, with glitter glue.

5. Now it’s time to assemble the pairs into leaves. Turn over each leaf back so that the painted side is facing down and use a couple of glue dots to stick a pipe cleaner stem in place, as shown. Now use a glue stick to attach the matching leaf top, making sure the edges of both leaf halves line up.

6. Coat both sides of the assembled leaves with glue sealer and set them aside for a short while to dry. Then you can give the leaves a little more shape by gently creasing the centers and/or curling the tips and stems.

You can now choose to use your beautiful, fall creation for place cards, simply tie name tags to the stems, or you can scatter the leaves on the tabletop for a festive flare. No matter what you choose, they are sure to add some color to your Thanksgiving table.

Source: Disney Family

About Jennifer Retzlaff

My name is Jennifer Retzlaff and I became a lifelong Disney fan during my first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of my life. I live in Iowa with my husband and two kids who are growing up too quickly for my liking. I started introducing my love for Disney early to my family with a Disney honeymoon and then trips when our youngest of 18 months. Since then, our family has been to Walt Disney World over five times and we continue to plan and dream for the next trip. I love the magic that Disney brings to people through the theme parks, cruises, adventures and movies they create. As a teacher, I try to bring that magic into my classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” I recently reached a dream of mine as I joined Magic Vacation Planner as a personal travel advisor. With this team, I can now help others plan magical vacations. As a passionate writer, I also have my own blog at magicalvacationsbyjen which is also where you can follow me on instagram for trip reviews along with tips and tricks for your next magical vacation.

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