Recently, my family went on holiday in the Swiss mountains. There was a fox family living near the place we stayed, so we would sit and watch them in the evenings. I was working on a project with magnets for the fridge, at the time – I had some cheap, white magnets that I wanted to decorate with felt or something of the sort. The fox family provided the perfect inspiration! With just a simple black marker, I was able to create a happy little forest family.
To complete the look, we styled the magnets with a combination of real leaves that we collected outdoors and paper leaves that we made with brown kraft paper. The round shaped maple leaves are from a walk to the Trümmelbachfälle, a famous waterfall in the Berner Oberland. The yellow hornbeam leaves are from our front porch. You can make the act of collecting leaves a family affair, teaching your children about different shapes and textures.
What do you need for this craft? Have a look at this list on the magnet board….
What You Need
- 4 magnets with white plastic cover
- Black marker (waterproof)
- Brown paper bag
Decide which animal or animals you want to draw. Imagine the animal has come to sit in a chair in front of you: hello, friend! Draw their head, neck, shoulders and ears. Are their eyes small, big, round or an ellipse? Finally, draw the mouth or beak.
You can leave the portraits like this or draw the background with the marker black.
To create your paper leaves, cut open a kraft paper bag and lay a leaf on the paper. Trace the leaves with pencil.
Cut along the lines. Don’t forget the stem!
Take a look a the leaves. Where are the veins, the structure lines? Fold the leaves along the main ones.
Your forest friends are ready!
Happy crafting! :)