It's really hot and muggy (ugh!) here in Ontario this morning. It was 32C before the sun started to shine, and now the sun is shining ... the thermometer is climbing. So I decided to get a little crafty this morning, outdoors before it got unbearable. With a little strip of cotton, a stolen red maple leaf from my neighbour's tree, and some red acrylic paint I got to work ...
... and made my own Canadian flag. By painting the back of the maple leaf, and then pressing it onto the cotton, the leaf outline with the veins showed up quite well. And since it turned out so cool, I decided to add the side stripes by overlapping leaf prints. I like how it turned out and will proudly hang it up for our Canada Day celebrations tomorrow.
Here are a couple that the kids made, the top is by a 5-year old and the bottom is by a 2-year old (with a bit of help).
If you want to make one yourself, we used a small sponge brush to brush the paint onto the back of the leaf. Lay the leaf paint-side down in the centre of a rectangular piece of cotton. Lay a paper towel on top of the leaf to catch any oozing paint. Rolled over the paper towel with a small rubber roller (or you could just press on it all over with your hand/fingers). Peeled the paper towel and leaf off the cotton to reveal the leaf print. The side stripes can be painted with a sponge paint brush as well. I'm going to hang these from a bamboo garden stake.
HAPPY CANADA DAY TO MY FELLOW CANADIANS!