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Fall Crafts

I set out for a walk today it was sunny and 50 degrees when I left and half a mile later Winter hit out of nowhere dark clouds, windy and sleet/rain poured down on me!

As I headed back to my daughters my thoughts drifted to all the beautiful leaves both on the ground and in the trees.

Of course I am thinking of ways to bring nature in from the outdoors into my home to bring comfort and beauty as we head into the Winter.

Below are 2 of my favorite projects from DIYProjects.com

Mason Jar Decoupage Project

You can use leaves you pick up  outdoors or fake leaves you can pick up at the dollar store.  This craft makes great Autumn decor for the home.

Items needed

  • sponge brush is optional for this project, as some people tend to just use their fingers to apply.  Personally, I like using a sponge brush over a paint brush, and I also use my fingers when necessary.
  • Mason Jar
  • Leaves (natural or fake leaves)
  1. First, make sure the outside of your jar is clean.  Wipe it gently with rubbing alcohol to get any grease and grime off the outside of the jar.  The leaves won’t stick if the jar is oily or dirty.
  2. Then make sure your leaves are pliable.  Bend them a little bit to loosen them up, still leaves won’t stick either.  If they are thin, fabric leaves, they should easily form around the jar.  If they are real leaves, you may want to dampen them slightly to unstiffen them.
  3. To decoupage, dip your brush in the Mod Podge and paint a thin layer on a section of the jar.  Once that layer becomes quite sticky (check by dabbing your finger on it), place a leaf on the jar.  Paint more Mod Podge on top of the leaf in thin layers, making sure to smooth out the edges.  Start in the center of the leaf, and push your way out to the edges with your fingers.  It may take a few layers, but the leaf should stick to the jar.
  4. Use your fingers to smooth out the leaf so that it is fully secure.  Layer more leaves on top, filling the jar with as many as you desire. Once all the leaves are on, it will take a few hours to dry completely.

Mason jar 1

DIY Autumn Leaf Fairy Lights

You will need…

  • A collection of fall leaves
  • Wax paper
  • An iron
  • glue
  • String fairy lights

Instructions:

  1. To preserve the leaves, there are a few different methods you can use… The quickest and easiest method which involves sandwiching each leaf between two sheets of wax paper and ironing for a few seconds until the leaves have been sufficiently coated.
  2. Once the leaves have been prepared, use the glue (or some kind of strong adhesive) to attach the leaves in front of each light bulb.

Hang on your bannister, inside your window, in front of your mirror or display in a clear vase!!

Lights 1

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