Are you looking for natural fall decorations, but you’re not too excited about bringing bugs and dirt into your house? These fall leaf bowl fillers may be just the craft project for you. Yes, it does involve bringing in a couple of leaves to use as a pattern, but once your pattern is made, they can go back outside where they belong.
I used upholstery samples that had been discontinued at a home improvement store, and some scrap pieces I had leftover from previous upholstery jobs. This project can really be made with any fabric, so there is no need to limit yourself to the fabric I used.
Tip: Smaller (tighter) zig-zag stitches will make the needle-perforated paper easier to remove.
Lay a matching fabric scrap on your work surface with the wrong side facing up. Place the cut fabric leaf on the fabric with the right side facing up. Pin the pieces together. Sew the top leaf to the fabric 1/4 inch from the edge using a straight stitch. Leave a 2-inch opening on one edge.
Sew a fall burlap bag to hang on your wall filled with a display of fall foliage. With appliqued fall leaves and a bit of trim, this bag can be displayed throughout the cool autumn months. Make them for yourself, to sell, or give as gifts to neighbors and friends.
Things You Will Need:
Silk fall leaves
Lightweight fusible web
Scrap of lace trim
Peel the plastic stems and veins from two silk fall leaves. You do not want anything on the leaves.
Lay a piece of lightweight fusible web with the glue side up on your ironing surface. Place the leaves with their front sides facing up on the web. Lay a sheet of parchment paper over the leaves and the web. Iron over the parchment paper to fuse the leaves to the fusible web. The parchment paper will protect your iron from the glue on the web, and it will not stick to the glue.
Remove the parchment paper. Cut the fusible web around the leaves.
Cut two 8-inch-wide by 10-inch-long rectangles from burlap. Lay one rectangle on your work surface. Turn so the rectangle is running lengthwise. This will be the front of your bag. Peel the paper from the back of the leaves. Center and arrange the leaves on the rectangle. Iron the leaves to fuse them to the burlap. Sew a zigzag or decorative stitch around the edges of the leaves to secure.
Lay the remaining rectangle on your work surface. Place the bag front on the rectangle with the leaf side facing down. Pin the long edges and the short bottom edge of the bag together. Sew the pinned edges using a 1/4-inch seam allowance.
Cut a 7 1/2-inch length of scrap trim or lace. For a more primitive touch, I used recycled trim from an old pillowcase. I liked the aged color and imperfections.
Lay the bag with the front side facing up. Place the trim along the bottom edge, overlapping 1/4 inch on the bottom of the bag. Pin the the trim to the bag. Top stitch along the pinned edge to attach the trim.
Cut a 18-inch length of twine. Tie a knot on each end. Place one end inside the bag at one seam. Pin the knot 1 inch below the top edge of the bag. Sew across the twine, just above the knot. Pin and sew the other end of the twine to the remaining seam on the bag.
Insert silk leaves, dried flowers or other fall floral decorations in the bag. Hand the bag on your wall, a door knob or peg hook.
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Make a pumpkin wall hanger using old wood siding or similar scrap wood from your wood pile. My fall decor has been created from a variety of old and recycled materials. I like the fact that I am keeping something out of the landfill and giving something old a new purpose. Besides, I think natural or rustic elements pull the harvest season together. This project is pretty much a freebie. You probably have most of the materials and supplies needed, but if you do need to buy something it will most likely only cost you pennies.
Things You Will Need:
Old wood siding
Jig saw or miter saw
Drill and 1/16-inch drill bit
Orange acrylic paint
Green acrylic paint
1 1/2-inch wooden star
Brown acrylic paint
Black acrylic paint
Rusty baling wire
Needle nose pliers
Cut an 8-inch length from old, weathered, wood siding using a jig saw or miter saw. My siding was 5 1/4-inches wide, but siding with broken edges can also be used. If siding is not available, thin paneling or old fence boards can be substituted. This will be your pumpkin’s body. From the same type of wood or paneling, cut a 2-inch wide by 3-inch long rectangle using a jig saw. This will be your pumpkin’s stem.
Lay the pumpkin body on your work surface. Rotate the pumpkin so that the short ends are at the top and bottom. Measure down a 1/2 inch from the top edge and in from the left 1 inch. Mark this measurement with a pencil. Measure down a 1/2 inch from the top and in from the right 1 inch. Mark the measurement. Drill through the marks using a 1/16-inch drill bit.
Paint both sides of the pumpkin body using orange acrylic paint. I like to paint the back of items that may be hung on a fence, peg, chair or some other perch where the back may be visible. Paint both sides of the stem using green acrylic paint. Paint additional coats for complete coverage. Allow the paint to dry. Sand the pieces to distress.
Lay the stem on your work surface with the back side facing up. Rotate the stem so that the short edges are at the top and bottom. Apply craft glue to the bottom 1 1/2 inches of the stem. Center the stem at the top center of the pumpkin, overlapping the end with the glue on the pumpkin’s front. Allow the remaining portion of the stem to extend above the pumpkin.
Paint a 1 1/2-inch wooden star using brown acrylic paint. Allow the paint to dry. Sand the star to distress. Apply craft glue to the back of the star. Place it on the front of the pumpkin, a couple inches above the bottom and off center.
Pour a small amount of black acrylic paint on a paper plate. Dip an old toothbrush in the paint. With the paint brush facing down, hold it over your pumpkin. Run your thumbnail over the bristles to splatter the paint onto the pumpkin’s surface. Repeat until the desired amount of splatter is reached. Allow the paint and glue to dry.
Cut a 15-inch length of rusty baling wire using wire cutters. Insert the ends of the wire through the drilled holes from the front of the pumpkin to the back. Pull the ends through approximately 2 inches. Bend the wire ends up and squeeze to secure using needle nose pliers. This is your hanger.
Add fall leaves and raffia tied around the stem for embellishments.
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