As I mentioned HERE we have been really into nature walks lately. We have been collecting a ridiculous amount of leaves, but what to do with them? Crunchy leaf confetti/glitter (I really don't know what to call it) of course.
First I placed all of our leaves in a shallow baking dish and let B make a big crunchy mess (this was the highlight of this project). I made sure to take out the stems and veins that you couldn't crunch and some of the leaves that were not dry enough. We crunched them up as best we could with our hands. I think that maybe a mortar would have worked better or maybe even a food processer to make it extra fine.
I placed our leaf confetti in a salt shaker. We slathered our paper with glue. (Yes, slathered. There is no other word to describe a toddler with glue) and shook our confetti bottle over it. It seemed to work okay but as I mentioned I would have made it finer in retrospect. B started getting impatient with the bottle and decided to just pour it over the glue with his hands. Works for me.
The results are really cool, you actually get to see all the various shades of colors the leaves had. I let it dry and then went over the top of it with craft glue to seal the leaves a little bit more. I also went back and cut out the paper into a leaf shape but you could leave it as is. For older kids I think it would look really neat if you draw with the glue and use the leaves as a glitter project.