Happy Fall! Yesterday was the first official day of autumn which makes this the first full day of the 2015 fall season. The air is crisp and clear and puts me in the mood for adding cozy touches to our home in anticipation of cooler weather and nights spent in front of a crackling fire. I am sprinkling some nature inspired items around the house and wanted to share another fall craft with you today. The trees in our area have not really begun to change color just yet, so for this project I pulled out some artificial fall leaves from my stash of craft supplies. They may not be the real thing, but they worked beautifully and incorporated the seasonal colors I was looking for. For this project you will need the following supplies:
~artificial fall leaves
Wrap the plastic wrap around the glass bowl to completely cover it. To keep the area clean, I chose to work over a piece of parchment paper. Invert the bowl onto your work surface, and begin brushing a generous amount of Mod Podge onto the artificial leaves. Place the leaves onto the plastic covered bowl one at a time, overlapping the edges. As you work, apply another coat of Mod Podge on top of the layer of leaves,
Once the Mod Podge dries clear, apply another coat of the craft medium and then allow your bowl to dry completely. Once dry, remove your leaf bowl from the glass base, and then carefully pull the plastic wrap away from the inner surface of your leaves. What you are left with is a colorful decorative dish that can be used in your seasonal decor.
I chose to fill the bowl with some of the acorns that I had dried and preserved the other day.
I had just the place that I wanted to display my new project. I recently used an idea that I found on the fantastic blog On Sutton Place. Ann is a very creative blogger and I used her idea for making a rustic frame that incorporated natural elements like acorns, twigs and pine cones. I also used one of the free fall printables that she offered on her site. If you haven't seen Ann's blog, you should really take a moment to check it out. She has some great ideas and there are several printables that you can download to use in your own crafts. I used an inexpensive wood frame that I found at Wal-Mart and I found the peel and stick sheet moss at Michaels. I had never heard of the peel and stick sheet moss before reading about it on Ann's blog, and I have to say it will definitely be something I use with some future craft projects. To complete the frame I used hot glue to apply sticks, acorns and a pine cone that I gathered from my yard. I plan on keeping the September quote in the frame until the end of the month and then will change it for another fall printable. I will keep this frame on display until I bring out our Christmas decorations.
I just love how these two easy projects incorporate natural elements and autumnal colors into our home. I've been busy with some other projects and will be sharing more fall crafts with you soon. How are you bringing the colors of the season into your home?