Quick Craft — Leaf Necklace


We spent a good deal of time outside this afternoon, and a small pocket of that time was spent making these super-quick leaf necklaces! To make your own, you will need a small cutting board, clear contact paper, a hole punch, string/yarn, and some metal cookie cutters.

Gather up some leaves! Emily thought these small green leaves would make perfect necklaces, so she picked plenty of them from our backyard. Press down firmly on the leaf using a metal cookie cutter on a cutting board. It may be easier to use a dishtowel on top of the cookie cutter, and then press down on top of that to keep your fingers from getting sore.

The set of cookie cutters we used can be found at Amazon, click here. They are also available at AC Moore. It is a complete set with numbers and letters, and they are SO much fun!!!

Sandwich the leaf between two sheets of clear contact paper, and use a hole punch to thread some string for your personalized necklace.

Admire your fantastic leaf necklace!!!

Emily made a couple more of these to give away to friends too!

Have fun!!

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Comments

  1. Where did you get your alphabet cookie cutters? I’ve been looking for a metal set of tiny letters. :o)

    • Oh! I”ll update the post with a link where you can find them. I found these at AC Moore. They are SO much fun!!!!

  2. Dear Valerie,

    Well, I am glad that you are doing SOMETHING with cookie cutters.

    Personally, I would rather you made cookies. Wait. No. I’ve had your cookies. Carry on, then.

    Love,
    Mark

  3. Fantastic! I also followed your ‘links within’, and loved the leaf garland and the fall tree suncatcher. You make crafts look good, lady! :D … mine tend to look more like I’M the 3 year old…

    Practice practice… :)

    I think we’ll give the necklace a try … my girl will LOVE it :)

    • Thanks so much! We keep all our crafts super-simple, so there’s isn’t much that can be messed up. Have fun, and keep crafting!!!

  4. What a gorgeous idea.

  5. Salaam and peace. :-) I bought a mega roll of the clear contact paper; score! So far we have used it to make a sun-catcher with torn tissue paper and my step-son used it to make a really cool hand-colored montage to go on his “homework” folder. I’m see lots more projects in the future with this handy-dandy stuff. Thanks for the tip!

    • I know what you mean! The possibilities for clear contact paper just about blow my mind – LOL! :-)

  6. What a cute idea! I think we’ll be doing this at our house =)

  7. Oh, we will definitely be doing this.

  8. that’s adorable!

  9. My twins would just love that … we’re adding it to the list right now. Thanks for sharing!

  10. So cute. And think what you could do with the letters you cut out also.

  11. I am always so impressed with your lovely ideas!!

  12. Ugh- you are too creative!!!! Love this!

  13. cute!!

  14. Oh, my goodness. So simple and adorable.

  15. This is so cute! I’m so very deficient in the craft-making idea category…

    And LOL to Mark!

    • There is some truth to Mark’s comment — LOL! I let him do all the baking…. and he’s MUCH better than I am, as is the case with most things, I think.

  16. Those are absolutely adorable. Love it!

  17. Yet another example of why I need purchase contact paper! My girls would love this craft. I’ll have to keep it in mind when the leaves start changing!

    • Oh yes, we go through a lot of clear contact paper here, but it comes in handy for SOOOO many different projects! And it’s a great non-messy alternative to glue. :-)

  18. Hi again, I’m one of your keen followers from the UK. Thanks for this great idea. I got my two boys making these today for their friends. Pictures and the description of how we got on are on my blog here:
    http://creativeflourishes.blogspot.com/2010/08/leaf-necklaces.html
    Thanks again. Nicky x

  19. I am going to feature this on our blog Monday. Hope you will stop by and see it. This is a great idea and in addition to featuring the activity, I am sure I will be doing it soon also!

  20. I am so doing this activity with my childcare kids! I love it! And even better I have all the supplies. :)

  21. I really love this idea and so tempted by those cookie cutters. The finished necklace looks beautiful!

  22. Oh, how cool!

  23. Hello Valerie, I think this is a great Idea for our School-Autumn-Party!
    But, this clear contact paper, I don´t know this in Germany. Is it plastic?

  24. Ooo we have a Sizzix machine- I bet that would work for cutting out letters too! I am trying this next week with my class!

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