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Now that my son is three, he’s getting interested in craft projects, and he’s able to participate more too. He helped me make a DIY leaf garland last week, and this week, we wanted to try another kids craft together. This time, we set out to make DIY Leaf Monsters!
A super simple craft for kids with minimal supplies needed (likely things you already have at home)… And they happen to be so darn cute, it’s ridiculous.
That’s a win in my book any day!
Here’s how to make leaf monsters with your kids!
Leaf Monster Craft for Kids | How to Make DIY Leaf Puppets
Step 1. Gather Supplies
Step 2. Glue on Googly Eyes
Using the glue stick, glue googly eyes onto the leaves.
Step 3. Draw the rest of the Monster’s face.
Add any other facial features your kiddo wants.
My son was content with adding a mouth to each monster.
Step 4. Repeat googly eyes and mouths for as many monsters as you’d like.
I had my son glue all of the googly eyes onto the leaves before I started to hot glue step.
Have fun with it!
Three eyed monster? Sure!
Step 5. Match a popsicle stick with each leaf.
I used multi-colored popsicle sticks, but natural sticks would work fine too. I let my son choose which colors would go with which leaves.
Each leaf gets one stick.
Step 6. Hot glue popsicle sticks to the backs of the leaves.
Carefully hot glue each popsicle stick to the back of a leaf. Let dry.
Step 7. Marvel at the amazing Monsters!
ARE THEY NOT THE CUTEST THINGS YOU’VE EVER SEEN?!
Step 8.(Optional) Use Play Doh to make little balls to put the popsicle sticks into, so the leaf monsters stand up on their own.
My son loved being able to see the leaf puppets upright like little toys.
No matter what you call these (leaf monsters or leaf puppets,) the result is the same. SUPER cute leaf creatures that are fun to make, and even more fun to play with.
Plus, despite the leaves drying out and getting more fragile by the day, we’ve had the DIY leaf monsters for several weeks and they’re still hanging on!
Just one more way, like the DIY leaf garland, to appreciate and savor fall.
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