October’s take & make craft at West is not only easy, but will get you out and about in this beautiful fall weather.

Fall nature book banners only require a few supplies:

  1. Book pages – provided by us
  2. Twine – provided by us
  3. Adhesive – glue or tape is easiest. I used Elmer’s glue and packing tape.
  4. Scissors
  5. Optional: ruler and pencil
  6. Leaves, acorns, flowers, WHATEVER YOU WANT from your neighborhood.

First, come pick up a craft kit with book pages, twine and instruction pages at the West Wyandotte Library.

Second, go home and grab that glue gun, Elmer’s, tape or any adhesive you choose.

Third, take a walk and pick up different tree and plant products that you find on the ground. I used leaves and some flower petals, but you could also use acorns, seeds and seed pods, grasses, dead bugs, tree bark or whatever you like that best represents the colors and textures of autumn.

Finally, follow the instructions included in your craft kit. Then, take a picture and post to our Facebook or Instagram post about this craft. We want to see your creations!!!

If you have any questions, contact Ellen at 913-295-8250 x5103 or ecollins@kckpl.org

Instructions:

1. Go out in nature and collect anything that catches your eye. Ideas include leaves, flower petals, acorns, seeds and seed pods, grasses, dead bugs, tree bark of varying colors and textures. I collected about 20 items total and ended up throwing some back outside.

2. Cut book pages. I cut mine close around the words and made them all the same size/length. Plan to leave 1.5 – 2 inches at the top for folding around the twine. Cut the bottom edge in any design you choose. Use household items to help you make the design:

3. Glue on the items you collected outside. I used Elmer’s glue and didn’t use a lot

4. Time to put the banner together! I folded the top inch of the page over the twine, and then used packing tape to secure it. Leave 2 inches of space between each banner. Let the banner dry for 24 hours and press items between book pages or under something heavy, otherwise leaves and glue will dry and pages will curl up.

5. Finally, secure the ends with some sort of clip or tape

You are ready to hang your finished banner!