Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Homemade Fall Decorations

One of the best parts of autumn is crafting! The fall weather provides leaves, pinecones and twigs that can be turned into fun fall decorations -- especially fall leaves. Your kids will love exploring your backyard or local park for the materials needed for these fall decorations and they’ll have even more fun using their creativity to decorate your home. There are so many fun and crafty things to do with leaves. Here are two unique, fun and easy decorations to make with your kids this season:

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Leaf Mandalas
Materials Needed:
  • Fall Leaves
  • Paint Pens or Sharpie Pens
  • Glue
  • Construction Paper
Steps:
1.    Use paint pens or Sharpies to draw designs onto your fall leaves. Use dot or line designs, fun squiggles - the more abstract the better! Use leaves of every shape and size.
2.    After you have finished coloring the leaves, trace a simple outline of a mandala on a piece construction paper. You can use this simple design of a mandala, or visit hmcoloringpages.com to find more:
3.    Fill in the mandala pattern with leaves and glue into place.
4.    Add more detail to your mandala by making patterns on the construction paper and adding more circles or curlicues to your mandala.
There is no right or wrong way to draw or design your mandala.  Use sharpie or paint pens in a rainbow of colors; bright and bold or metallic. Allow your creativity to be your guide.
Bronze Leaf Garland
Materials Needed:
  • Fall Leaves
  • Needle and Thread (May substitute glue for needle and thread)
  • Paint: Gold, Copper, Rose Gold (metallic shades)
  • Paintbrush

Steps:
1.    Paint both sides of leaves in your color of choice. Allow the one side to dry before painting the backside. You may need two coats of paint if you would like a bolder and fuller color.
2.    Once the leaves are dry, thread the stems of the leaves together using a needle and thread until you reach your desired length. (Parents, you’ll want to help your kids with this step.) Substitute: Instead of using a needle you may also glue thread to the back of leaves. We recommend using Modge Podge, found at most craft stores.
3.    Leave about a half inch of space between leaves.

You can make your garland all one color or use multiple colors in one garland. These are easy and fun for kids of all ages. They make beautiful fall decorations to hang above your fireplace or around your front door. You can make these garlands as long or as short as you like.
 
While the weather is still relatively warm, you can paint and glue outside to minimize the mess. Invite your friends and neighbors over to make it a fun fall festivity. We hope these fall crafts add a pop of color and unique seasonal decoration to your homes.