Green Crafts

This is the season for enjoying the beauty of bright rays of sunlight shining through fresh green leaves. Let's try snapping photos of the beautiful leaves and flowers we find at the park or during a walk with our smartphones and printing them out with our printer when we get home! Make a bookmark in the shape of the actual leaf, or a stylish crown that's just a little different. It's also alright to take the leaves or flowers home so you can take a clear photo. These crafts are great projects to do with the kids during summer vacation.

You will need...

Materials:

  • Matte Paper Heavy Weight (Premium Presentation Paper Matte) (A4 size)
  • Thick paper (To be used as the core of the crown.)
  • Leaves
  • Embroidery thread or string
  • Elastic band

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Awl or auger

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How to

1

Leaf Bookmark

A green bookmark to make reading time more enjoyable.Try making one by taking photos of various leaves or flowers and printing them at the desired size.

  1. Make a collage using photos of various leaves or flowers with the collage function of the "Epson Creative Print" smartphone app, print it on A4 size Matte Paper Heavy Weight (Premium Presentation Paper Matte), and cut out the shapes of the leaves.
  1. Make a hole using an awl or auger, and tie on some embroidery thread or string. Tie a knot in the end of the thread to prevent it from fraying, and it's done.
2

Crown of Leaves

This is a unique crown that makes use of the shapes of the leaves. Try making it with the kids.

  1. Make a collage using photos of various leaves or flowers with the collage function of the "Epson Creative Print" smartphone app, print it on A4 size Matte Paper Heavy Weight (Premium Presentation Paper Matte), and cut out the shapes of the leaves.We recommend making a collage at a size that can be printed as a 3 X 3 arrangement of 9 photos, but the size can be adjusted to match the photos or your own preference.
  1. Cut the thick paper into a 2 to 3 cm wide band, and attach the leaves in a row. Attach the leaves so that they slightly hang over the bottom edge of the band.
The size of the crown will vary depending on the shape and number of leaves. When making a large crown, increase the number of leaves while adding to the strip of paper.
  1. Turn it over, and fold over the parts of the leaves hanging over the bottom.
  1. Attach leaves while matching the size to the wearer's head, leaving a little bit at the end to be cut, and attach the ends together to make a ring and finish the crown.
3

Leaf Bowtie

A bowtie to add an attractive green accent to the wearer's neck.

  1. Make a collage using photos of various leaves or flowers with the collage function of the "Epson Creative Print" smartphone app, print it on A4 size Matte Paper Heavy Weight (Premium Presentation Paper Matte), and cut out the shapes of the leaves.We recommend making a collage at a size that can be printed as a 2 X 2 arrangement of 4 photos.
  1. Apply some glue to the tips of the leaves and gently bend them in half and attach them so that the tips are aligned. Make two of these, and then glue the tips of these leaves together.
  1. Pinch the center, and make a mountain fold as shown in the picture.
  1. Fold another leaf into a slender band shape, attach it to the center of the two leaves that were previously joined together, and wrap it around.
  1. Arrange it so that the point where the edges come together is at the back, and fasten it with glue.
  1. Pass through an elastic band, tie it in a loop, and your bowtie is complete.

Creator of the samples above

Maika Kokubo

Craft Planner. Promotes sales of stationery and other varieties of products, as well as creating craft instructions for books and websites.
Organizes small art classes called "Otona no zuga kosaku" (art lessons for adults), as well as a number of large workshop events at commercial facilities making use of her experiences of working at a theme park for kids. Provides instructions and an experience that everyone can enjoy.
An organizer for the Monozukuri project "Kufunotamago".
http://micke.co.jp

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