Friday, November 12, 2010

Fall Craft Ideas

Now let me be the first to say I realize not everyone is going to go out and buy all new decorations for fall or Thanksgiving.

In fact many people don't do anything right now because they're waiting to pull out all their Christmas holiday decorations so fall takes a back set.

Well don't let it.

I have a few decorations here and there...pumpkins, gourds, leave garlands and I have to say my house looks amazing. Now it's not filled head to toe like for Halloween and Christmas. But I like it....I really do.

So here's a way to take some items and some that aren't too expensive to update your house for the beautiful fall season!!




Holiday Menu Frame

Supplies:
Glue Arts Hot Glue Gun
Glue Arts Extreme Adhesive Squares
Glue Arts Adhesive Squares
Glue Arts Vinyl Accents
May Arts Ribbon
Picture Frame
Fall Leaves & Picks
K & Company Butterflies



1) Cut the Vinyl Accents to fit inside the picture frame. Next take the pieces out from the frame, insert the vinyl then add the glass and such behind the Glue Arts Vinyl Accents for support.
 2) Next select your leaves and fall picks. Hot glue the fall items together at the ends. Tie ribbon around ends and add butterfly. Use Glue Arts Extreme Adhesive…add several squares to backside of leaves and press onto frame.   
4) Cut a length of ribbon to run diagonally across bottom corner of frame. Adhere with Adhesive Squares. Adhere leaves together with Extreme Adhesive Squares and adhere onto ribbon.
5) Finish by grabbing a piece of chalk and writing out the day’s menu, a special welcome greeting or note!
6) Fun idea…make small chalkboard frames and personalize with your guests names for a unique placecard!   







Fall Burlap Pillow


Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro Fabric Bond
May Arts Ribbon
Delta Metallic Paint
Burlap
Felt
Buttons
Pillow Filler or Insert
Lettering Template


1) Cut pillow to size you like. I was using a bolster pillow insert that needed a new home. So I worked around that size. Sew ribbon across bottom of burlap with machine.
2) Use lettering template or freehand....paint the word Autumn. I chose metallic paints and they look great. Allow to dry.
3) Turn burlap so the front faces the back. Machine stitch around three sides.
4) Hand cut leaf from felt. Hand stitch design on leaf and add buttons. Use Fabric Bond on backside of leaf and adhere to burlap. Iron set or hand stitch onto burlap.
5) Add pillow insert.
6) Hand stitch final side of pillow closed.


  

Thanksgiving Placecards
Designer: Julia Sandvoss


Supplies:

Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro High Tac
Glue Arts Mini Adhesive Squares
The Twinery: Mandarin, Lemon Drop & Cappuccino Bakers Twine
Creatology Felt Holiday Stickers (Michael's Crafts) 
Echo Park Happy Halloween Paper
Cosmo Cricket Early Bird Paper
Bo Bunny Double Dot Cardstock
Making Memories Glitter Alphabet Stickers
EK Success Real Estate Punch
Inkadinkado Earthtones Inks


1) Cut the placecard. I hand drew a swirl on the sides for added fun. Ink edges, crease and fold in half so it will stand. 
2) Punch out name piece, ink edges and adhere to card using High Tac. Tie twiner around card and knot on front. Add a mini adhesive square under center tie to hold in place. Add felt sticker.

Designer Tip: Easy and fun projects kids can assist with. Even if you are not hosting the holiday, consider bringing these for the hostess! They're a fun way to decorate the table. Carry the theme forward and making coordinating napkin rings too!


This is just of the ideas from today Show Me St. Louis TV show. Be sure to tune in next week for more fall decorating and crafts ideas and even better....a giveaway!!

I'm off to work on now several Christmas crafts that will be published in the St.Louis Post Dispatch. Life lately is non stop and it seems like every days something around our house stops working or falls apart. Our family room tv broke, my computer mouse, now the same computer won't connect to the internet, someone broke the glass on one of our basement doors.....does it ever stop?!lol

Making if I set my mind to the holiday crafts....things will start to right themselves....I hope! ;-) 


See you soon,

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