DIY Leaf Print Trinket Dishes
Take advantage of all the beautiful fall leaves before they're gone for the winter and make these easy as pie leaf print trinket dishes.
This would be a great craft to do with kids and give as gifts this holiday season. If you don't want to use them as dishes, you could hang them on the wall as art. You could also poke a hole in them before they're dry and make ornaments or pendants. So many possibilites!
You will need:
Beautiful fallen leaves
Rolling pin or clay rolling tool
Wax paper, parchment, or other non-stick surface
X-acto knife or other blade
Bowls in various sizes
Clear glaze or sealant
-Acrylic paint works pretty well as a sealer, but if you think that you might use these in a place where they might get knocked around, wet, or want to put food on them, you'll want to give them a coat of something. I reccommend:
Mod Podge Hard Coat - not waterproof, just a good strenghtening coat.
Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe (safe for the dishwasher, but not FDA approved for food use) - waterproof
Mod Podge Outdoor - water resistant
Crystal Clear Acrylic Spray - moisture resistant, spray on.
A note on the clay: DAS is a great all purpose air dry clay that works great for this project. I also had some Creative Paperclay hanging around, so I figured I'd try that too. Paperclay is a little more finicky to work with than the DAS, but its benefits are that it is very light weight (good if you wanted to make ornaments or pendants instead of dishes) and it can hold finer detail if used correctly. Paperclay can tend to get too wet to hold an impression if you use too much water on it, so I would recommend just using it fresh out of the package and not using any extra water to smooth it out before printing your leaf on it.
A note on the leaves: Make sure you select leaves with a very defined vein pattern on the back. The more ridges you can feel, the more detailed your print will be. I tried printing with some ferns and gingkos, but there just wasn't enough detail. Also make sure your leaves are still pliable. Dry leaves will crumble and stick to your clay. Rinse as much dirt off the leaves as you can before trying to print. If a little dirt gets on your clay, you can try brushing it off with a dry paintbrush, but you can also just paint over it later.