Fall Leaf Jewelry




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Fall Leaf Jewelry 

I collected some leaves while going for a morning walk a few weeks ago. When I got back home I sat the leaves on my whiteboard and stared at them while finishing up another DIY post. I knew I wanted to do something fun with them but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I had a small container of cement sitting on my craft table and instantly went to google to search what I could do with leaves and cement. I found a TON of cool stuff but the coolest was a project called leaf casting. If you’ve never heard of this then I highly recommend looking it up! So I tried casting a leaf just to get a feel for it and it was actually pretty easy! I then saw my hemp cord and that’s when the idea for jewelry came to me. I collected all different shapes and sizes of leaves and found my favorite to be this longer feather like ones.

Materials:

  • leaves any shape or size you like
  • cement (only a few tablespoons are needed. I used underlayment. It was a little more expensive but I like how  fast it dries.)
  • gloves & a mask for working with cement ( I didn’t use either but I probably should have!)
  • water
  • wax paper
  • old bowl or plastic throw away bowl
  • plastic spoon
  • a piece of cheap foam
  • toothpicks
  • metallic paint ( or any paint you like)
  • Hemp Cord
  • earring hooks
  • 2 Gauge wire

How to: 

Step 1: Go on a scavenger hunt and find some cool leaves!

Step 2: Mix cement. You want a slushie-like consistency.

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Step 3: Turn leaves so vein side is up. Gently scoop on some cement and use a spoon to evenly spread cement over leaves. Gently pull leaves forward by the stem to get rid of any excess cement.

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Step 4: Carefully place leaves on top of the foam. Using a toothpick, poke a hole where you have the earring hook and necklace string to go.

*I highly recommencement using the foam. I have made these many times where I forgot to insert the toothpicks and then my cement hardened on me.

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Step 5: Allow cement to dry for about 20-30 minutes and GENTLY twist and pull toothpicks out. Wait an additional 15-20 minutes and gently pull leaves off of the cement. If it’s too wet your leaves will break but if its too dry they will stick! There’s a small window of time that this needs to be done in. Allow leaves to dry overnight.

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Step 6: Paint leaves and allow to dry. Next time I make these I may add a coat of sealer to them as the paint seemed to rub off a little.

 

Step 7: Necklace- Cut hemp cord to size and attach leaf or leaves. I like the look of a double hemp cord so I use two different colors. If you have trouble putting the cords through a toothpick will help!

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Step 7: Earrings: Thread a piece of 2 gauge wire threw the earring and attach earring hook to the front of the wire. Pull wire behind the earring and twist tight enough that it stays but leaving a little gap so the earring can dangle. A youtube tutorial of this will be up sometime this week!

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Looking for some trendy jewelry? I have the perfect place for you! Check out Autumn essence shop on Etsy! She has the CUTEST stuff!



Scarecrow Wreath


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Scarecrow Wreath

Remember earlier this month when I said this scarecrow wreath wouldn’t be the cutest? Well… I lied. It’s flipping adorable! Not only is it adorable but it’s a lot less messy than making a full scarecrow. It’s also very inexpensive to make. If you’re looking to make a full-bodied scarecrow check out the one my mom made a few years ago by clicking this link —>DIY  SCARECROW 




Materials Needed: 

  • wreath frame
  • flannel shirt ( check your husbands closet or a local thrift store)
  • Top hat ( I found mine at the dollar tree)
  • straw
  • Embellishments ( I used leaf garland from the dollar tree, an old hankie from my husband, and a few flowers from the dollar tree)
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • scissors
  • twine for around the bottom of the shirt
  • floral wire

How to:

Step 1:  Put the shirt around the wreath and button half way up.

scarcrow wreath step 1

Step 2:  Stuff the belly and arms with straw and button up the shirt.

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Step 3:  Take a piece of twine and tie a bow at the bottom of the shirt. This will keep the straw from falling out the bottom of the shirt.

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Step 4:  Cut a piece of floral wire to attach the arms in a folded arm position.  Do this by threading the wire through the flannel then attaching it to the back of the wreath.

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Step 5: Use the same technique that was used in step 4 to attach the hat.

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Step 6: Embellish the scarecrow with whatever your heart desires. We used leaves, pinecones, a hankie, and some sunflowers from the Dollar Tree.

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Flannel & Pine Cone Garland

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Flannel & Pine Cone Garland 

Most of the supplies needed for this Flannel & Pinecone Garland can be found right at your fingertips! We went to the local park to gather all the pinecones along with a few other supplies for another craft. Since my husband didn’t have any old flannels that I liked I headed to the Goodwill and picked some up. I bought the sunflowers at the dollar tree and while I was there I found that they also sell raffia and twine. I would use the raffia, but I would advise against the twine, as I don’t think it will be long enough or strong enough. You can head to your local Walmart to pick up a nice strong twine. I believe mine said 2 ply on the pack.

Flannel & Pine Cone Garland

 Materials needed:

  • Twine
  • old flannel shirts ( If you don’t have any, check a local thrift store!)
  • Pine Cones
  • 2 cheap bundles of sunflowers ( I bought mine at the Dollar Tree)
  • wire cutters
  • Brown Textured Spray Paint
  • Hot glue gun & glue sticks
  • scissors

How to:

Step 1: The first thing you want to do, which I did not photograph, is to bake the bugs out of the pine cones. Put the pine cones on an old cookie sheet, or a cookie sheet lined with foil. Preheat oven to 200 degrees and bake pine cones for 20 minutes. You will LOVE the way they make the house smell… like fall!

Step 2: Cut the flannel shirts into strips. The quickest way to do this is to make a small cut at the bottom then use your hands to tear the cut all the way to the top of the shirt. Keep doing this till you have a nice stack of flannel strips.

 

 

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Step 3: To begin making the garland wrap twine around the pine cone a few times and secure with a knot and some hot glue. Next, begin adding flannel strips and wrapping pine cones. I like to do 4 flannels, rotating colors, and then a pine cone. Secure pine cones with glue, this will keep them from unraveling and falling on the ground when you hang it.

*I’m not really sure where my head was when I was photographing this post… it seems I’ve missed capturing some of the most important steps! If you are having trouble understanding these steps please refer to my youtube channel for a full video of this DIY. flanel pine cone garland 4

Step 4: Once your garland reaches the desired length, cut the twine and secure with another knot and more glue. I then spray painted the dollar tree sunflowers with a light layer of multi-color texture spray I purchased at Walmart. You want to use a dark brown multi color to achieve a more rustic/primitive look. A good friend taught me how to do this and I have been using this technique ever since!

*I later added some raffia to this garland. You can make this with or without the raffia, it’s really up to you!

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