This is a great project to be done before the weather turns cold this Autumn. This super cute tote was made in a few minutes with a few simple materials, and is a fun and easy project to do with kids. You may choose any leaf you like as your "stamp". It was amazing to see how many different beautiful shapes and sizes of leaves you find all around you when you go on a search for them- even on the streets and public parks of Brooklyn!
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Leaf hunting for this project really turned out to be fun! I found myself not only noticing the greenery that surrounds all of us on any given day, but also the particular foliage of these shrubs and plants. I can imagine that I must have looked ridiculous marveling at the delicate weeds poking up between the cracks in Brooklyn sidewalks, but it really was a great practice in mindfulness.
After finding the leaves I wanted to work with, I pressed them overnight between some newspaper and put some heavy books on top. The next day I poured the fabric paint into my makeshift paint roller bin, and saturated the roller. I placed my first leaf on the scrap paper, and rolled the color onto the leaf. I placed the leaf paint side down on my tote, and placed a clean piece of scrap paper over the top. I gently but firmly rubbed the whole leaf, pulled up the paper, and pulled up the leaf- beautiful! I then stamped the different leaves randomly around the tote. Different fabric paints will have their own requirements for heat setting, I pulled the tote inside out and threw it in the dryer for a bit. Really fun and easy, and I will definitely be rocking this bag on my next trip to the farmer's market.
I really like that this project is so easy, and also that mistakes are so forgiving in the final product. The nature of the "look" is that it's a little messy and not factory produced. Perfect to do with little guys, or even to do yourself on a free afternoon.