I’ve been meaning to teach my children to properly recognise British trees by their leaves for years and today we found ourselves having a look at this tree identification chart as part of a nature crafts project we want to do. That led to having a go at making some of them with Hama Beads after remembering a pattern that Maddy made up a year ago. We were really pleased with the results. We got quite carried away and tried out oak leaves, beech, alder, ivy and more and I think we’ll be back tomorrow too. I loved being able to really use a wide palette of Hama Bead colours and all the different boards too; autumn leaves allowed us to try out lots of gorgeous combinations. I’m very tempted to turn them all into an autumn leaf collage or perhaps a wreath for the door of hall way.
One of the best things about this craft was just being able to free wheel and enjoy making the shapes and leaf patterns and seeing how they developed. All the children were pleased with what they achieved and these are the results. I loved the conker and berries too and the day made me feel really positive about the coming of Autumn, normally my favourite season anyway. If you want close up of the patterns to try, visit BeadMerrily and see everything we got up to but I’d encourage you to just explore the different opportunities the colours and shapes give you and make up your own.
The colours we used were yellow, orange, red, forest, green, brown, dark brown, beige, coffee, burgundy, gold and bronze and we used the egg board, the hexagon, the circle and a large square.
There are also some other Autumn Hama ideas at BeadMerrily as well as all the designs we have built up there over previous years.
All of these were inspired by Maddy’s orginal design from last year.