The leaves are already starting to change in Virginia, so I thought it would be appropriate to usher in the season with a craft related to the most recognizable icon of autumn. Country Living has created a simple craft project that can serve as either a festive batch of cookies or a decorative holiday wreath for display. I personally love the look of homemade crafts and the sense of pride that comes with making something with your own hands. Saving money certainly is a plus too, and this is just the project to offer savings and a dash of fall colors to your home. You may very well have the supplies needed in your kitchen already!
•To save time, use a sugar-cookie mix or ready-to-bake dough. Of course you can always use homemade.
•Make enough dough for 48 three-inch cookies. Divide into four batches and tint each with food coloring (orange, yellow, green, red). Smooth with rolling pin. Chill for 15 minutes, then cut out cookies using leaf shaped cookie cutters (can be found just about anywhere, try the dollar store).
•Create veins in the leaf with a toothpick, then sprinkle with sanding sugar (optional).
•Cut two wreath forms from sturdy cardboard and glue them together. Tie hanging wire around wreath, then “glue” on cookies with dollops of colored royal icing. Pour into zippered food bag; snip a corner to dispense. Let dry for several hours before hanging. Add a bow if desired.
I would recommend making extra so that you or the children don’t end up snacking on the wreath as your make it.
You could also try brushing the cookies meant exclusively for the wreath in cinnamon extract which would add a whole new element to the craft and make your home smell wonderful.