We made some beautiful winter crafts last year with clay and nature. We loved them so much, that we wanted to try something similar again for the fall. I am glad that we did. These fall tree mosaics came out just lovely and are perfect the upcoming season.
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Gather small rocks, pebbles and sticks. Place a handful of rocks in a plastic baggy and squeeze a few drops of fall colored acrylic paint into the bag and shake until the rocks are covered. Pour the painted rocks onto a piece of wax paper. Do this with a few different colors and leave some rocks natural and bare. Leave them on the wax paper until they are dried completely.
We used a basic salt dough recipe.
1 cup of flour
1 cup of salt
1/2 cup of warm water
We mixed it and then kneaded it with our hands. Add more water or flour if needed, but in very small increments.
Roll out a ball of dough and press a large circle cookie cutter into the dough. Remove the excess dough around the outside of the cutter.
Break the sticks into small pieces and press them into the clay to form a tree trunk and branches.
Press the painted rocks around the tree’s form as leaves.
Press a straw into the top of your circle if you would like to hang it.
When you have finished your design, you may allow them to air dry or bake them at 200 degrees until hardened. Bake times may vary depending on thickness. It can take an hour to several hours. Air drying will take several days.
Once dry, thread a strand of yarn or a piece of ribbon through the hole to hang.
If pebbles come loose, use a dab of school glue to hold them in place.
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