I am in a constant state of glitter. I find it on my skin, under fingernails, in my hair and eyelashes. Co-workers and family members have stopped pointing it out. The glitter is ever-present. I am fortunate to have a job that allows me to spend most of my time researching, creating and re-creating garden and nature based activities for children. Although glitter, glue sticks, felt (in its many forms), and recycled household items are ingredients of a creative and magical childhood, I believe that the most captivating element of childhood (and parenthood too), is experiencing nature up close – as is. No additional glitter necessary. No hauling of implements or heating of glue guns. No melting, felting or mixing. The ability to create a leaf crown ranks with being able to whistle with a blade of grass.
Several leaves with stems (petioles)
A sense of wonder
Collect leaves from tree, shrub, vine, perennial, annual or houseplant. The number of leaves required will vary depending on their size as well as the head size of the recipient.
Remove the ‘stems’ (petioles) from the leaves
Overlap two leaves.
Use a single petiole as you would a straight pin to connect the leaves. Poke through both leaves from the top.
Bring the petiole up through both leaves about ½” away from where you started.
Continue overlapping and stitching leaves until your crown reaches the desired size.
Attach the first leaf to the final leaf to complete the crown.
Wear your crown this direction for maximum sun protection, or with leaf tips pointing upward for a more dramatic look – not pictured, as his majesty refused.
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