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Fun Crafty Decorations for Autumn

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The one thing that makes me look forward to this time of year is the décor. I’ve been driving through our neighborhood and many people have already been putting their pumpkins out, wreaths up and mums planted.. 

I can tell so many more people are in the mood after such a hot hot summer!

To celebrate the first day of Autumn here are a few fun crafty fall decorationspost-sep

Martha Stewart Fall Wreath

This Vintage Paper Leaf Wreath comes from (http://www.marthastewart.com/).
I’ve always LOVED her crafty ideas, this one is no exception!

Materials Needed:

  • Leaf template
  • Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Old book with at least 100 yellowed pages
  • Craft glue
  • 24-gauge floral wire, cut to 5-inch lengths
  • Pressed real leaves (optional)
  • 20-gauge floral wire
  • Brown floral tape
  • 1/8-inch tan quilling paper
  • Acorn caps
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • Ribbon for bow

Instructions:

1. Print leaf template on cardstock and cut out. Trace the leaf shape on a page from the book; roughly trim the paper around the leaf shape.

2. Apply craft glue to the back of the leaf shape. Place a 5-inch length of wire on a second page from the book, then place the leaf shape glue side down over it, sandwiching the wire between the papers. The wire should be centered on the stem of the leaf, with half of the wire within the leaf and half of the wire emerging from the stem. Allow glue to dry, then carefully cut out the leaf shape with scissors. Repeat to make 45 to 50 leaves for the wreath.

3. Bundle 3 to 5 leaves and twist the wires together.
Tip:You can add wires to real pressed leaves and incorporate them in the paper leaf bundles if desired.

4. To make a wreath form, cut a 47-inch length of 20-gauge wire; fold in half and twist. Shape twisted wire into a horseshoe, then wrap with brown floral tape.

5. Starting at one end of the wreath form and working toward middle, attach bundles of leaves with floral tape; repeat for other side.

6. To make the acorns, tightly roll 1/8-inch quilling paper into a flat disk. Use thumb to push the center of the disk outward, forming into a cup shape. Rub the inside of the cup with craft glue to secure the shape. Apply hot glue to the inside of the quilled cup and adhere to an acorn cap. Use hot glue to attach acorns to wreath.

7. Tie bow on the top center of wreath, if desired.

Resources Pressed leaves available from
naturespressed.com.

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Toilet Paper Rolls Decorated as Pumpkins

Who says pumpkins have to be real!? Create some festivity in your bathroom and decorate your toilet paper rolls!
This fun craft comes to you from (http://familyfun.go.com/)

What You Need:

  • Toilet tissue rolls
  • Orange fabric
  • Brown paper bag
  • Glue
  • 12-inch green pipe cleaners
  • Green felt leaves

Instructions:

1. Set each roll in the center of a 22- by 18-inch piece of fabric, gather the fabric around it, and tuck the edges into the top hole.

2. For a stem, roll a strip of brown paper bag and glue the edge

3. For a vine, glue one end of a pipe cleaner to a felt leaf, then curl the pipe cleaner around the stem. Insert the stem in the hole.

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Hi! I'm Amanda, a Kansas City Lifestyle Blogger, mom of two little people, social media addict, travel junkie with a slight obsession to baking and fitness.

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