What better way to take full advantage of this beautiful fall season than to literally take advantage of it! Go outside, find yourself some beautiful leaves, grab them and come back inside where it is warm. It is time for fall crafts!
Being able to physically utilize one of the most beautiful aspects of the fall season is a gift. In this post, I will give you three fun craft ideas using leaves from your own yard. So, before you go raking them up, read on!
One of the easiest things that you can do with leaves is use them as stamps. Whether you use them to stamp a beautiful leaf print on a canvas bag, napkins or a canvas itself, all you need to do is paint the leaf/leaves you desire to use and before they dry press them against the desired medium. A great idea, if you find a large leaf, is to paint it several different colors and press it against a canvas. In no time, you have created a minimalistic, beautiful fall décor piece that you can keep for years to come! Or, you can even make it a tradition and add a leaf stamp to the canvas every year until it fills up!
If you have paid attention to décor trends over the last few years, you are already familiar with the mason jar trend. Mason jars are used for anything and everything nowadays and this is no exception. Using a mason jar, you can create a beautiful fall candle holder or “Leaf Lantern.” These lanterns are simple to make. All you will need is a mason jar, mod podge, leaves of your choosing and a small candle.
The best part about these lanterns is how creative you can be with them. You can create a pattern or cover the whole jar. No matter the design that you choose, all you need to do is use mod podge to paste your leaves to the outside of the jar – covering them completely to avoid peeling. Then, insert a small candle inside. Before you know it, you may have shadows of leaves on your walls bringing even more of a fall feel into your home!
This project is a little more complicated, but once you are finished you will have a beautiful bowl to display in your home. For this project you will need a balloon, leaves of your choosing, a bowl to hold the balloon in place, a paint brush and mod podge.
Step one is to gather your leaves and make sure their stems are nice and short. Secondly, you will need to blow up the balloon and place it straight up in the bowl for stabilization. The next step is to mod podge the leaves on both sides, sticking them to the balloon as you go so that they create a bowl shape. Layer the leaves until you have your desired shape and then coat as needed with mod podge. Let dry. Deflate the balloon and the bowl should come right off!