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Wax Dipped Leaves

October 2, 2012 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Fall Crafts

Wax Dipped Leaves Wax Dipped Leaves
Every fall I fall in love, all over again, with the leaves changing colors around me. I can’t get enough of them and I always wish I could keep those bright colors around a little longer. This project captures the fall leaves at their prettiest and preserves them for a few extra months so that even in the depths of winter you can have the bright beauty of fall.

Things you’ll need:
Fall leaves
Paper
Heavy books
Candle wax
Double boiler

Things to do:
1. Press the leaves between sheets of paper and under several books for a few days, allowing them to dry flat.
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2. Fill the bottom of your double boiler with water and the top with chunks of wax and heat gently until the wax is clear and melted.
3. Dip the leaves into the wax, allowing the excess wax to drip off and then waving them gently until they are dry before laying them down again.
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4. Hang in front of windows with fishing line or attach directly to the glass with decorative washi tape.
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Fall Leaves Candle

September 28, 2012 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Fall Crafts, For the Home

Fall Leaves Candle Fall Leaves Candle
Preserve some of that fall beauty and bring it into your décor with these fall leaves candles. This simple technique turns store bought candles into unique and beautiful additions to your fall style.

Things you’ll need:
Pillar or votive candles
Fall leaves
Candle wax
Double Boiler
Newsprint or scrap paper

Things to do:
1. Press the leaves between the pages of a book. They don’t need to dry there, although it will help their color to keep longer under the wax, mostly you just need them flattened.
Fall Leaves Candle2 Fall Leaves Candle
2. Melt the wax in the double boiler.
3. Holding the candle by the wick, dip the candle briefly into the wax right up to the top edge of the candle.
4. Pull the candle out quickly and set it on the newsprint. Carefully press the leaves into the warm wax, smoothing out the edges so that they lie flat.
Fall Leaves Candle3 Fall Leaves Candle
5. Dip the candle again, coating both the candle and the leaf. Allow the wax to harden.
6. Repeat again if the leaf appears to have uneven coverage. Let the wax harden before using.

An Easy Felt and Styrofoam Welcome Wreath

September 27, 2012 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Fall Crafts, For the Home

Felt Styrofoam Welcome Wreath An Easy Felt and Styrofoam Welcome Wreath
Hello and welcome to another fun craft with Lisa from Lisa’s Creative Niche! Nothing is more inviting to me than a wreath on ones front door, but sometimes I feel like I am putting one up only to have to replace it quickly for another season. Well today’s project is a Fall wreath that can stay up September through November ( and you could even pass it off for Christmas by adding a few Christmas decorations to it! )…

Things you’ll need:
Full round styrofoam wreath
Cotton butcher craft twine
Felt
Glue gun and glue sticks
Corsage Pins
Ribbon

Things to do:
1. Start by wrapping your butcher craft twine around the entire wreath as shown below. To keep it in place use your glue gun only on the backside of your wreath. ( Note: this can take a little time to do, but it so worth it. And don’t worry if you have overlap at the end you will be able to cover this up with your ribbon at the end )
Felt Styrofoam Welcome Wreath2 An Easy Felt and Styrofoam Welcome Wreath
2. Make your felt flowers by hand trimming vertical strips of your felt. Keep them thin, and know that the longer your strip is the bigger your flower will be. Roll these in to give you a cinnamon roll looking flower. To make really big flowers I rolled first one strip then glued another strip where the first one ended and continued to roll.
Felt Styrofoam Welcome Wreath3 An Easy Felt and Styrofoam Welcome Wreath
3. Hand cut leaves with felt, place them as you wish on your wreath and stick them on using the corsage pin in the center of each flower. Add your ribbon and display it for everyone to see!

Cookie Cutter Pumpkins

September 26, 2012 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Fall Crafts, Kid's Arts and Crafts

Cookie Cutter Pumpkin Cookie Cutter Pumpkins
Every year since our kids were small, we’ve hosted a neighborhood pumpkin carving party so I can tell, you I know all sorts of pumpkin carving tricks. But this is, by far, my all time favorite for the littlest one’s in the crowd. No knives required. Just let them pick what shape and where and hammer away. If you use a rubber mallet instead of a hammer, your cookie cutters will keep their shape and the kids can safely help with the pounding.

Things you’ll need:
Pumpkins, top opened and seeds removed
Metal cookie cutters
Rubber mallet

Things to do:
1. Let your little artist pick what cookie cutters they want to use and show you where to place the shapes. Be sure that they aren’t too close together to prevent the rind of the pumpkin from becoming weak and breaking.
Cookie Cutter Pumpkin2 Cookie Cutter Pumpkins
2. With a cookie cutter sharp side against the pumpkin skin, tap the edges with the mallet, working around the edge as you go to help the cutter go in evenly.
Cookie Cutter Pumpkin3 Cookie Cutter Pumpkins
3. Continue to tap the cutter until it cuts through the rind. Remove the cutter and the cut out shape and move on to the next shape.
Cookie Cutter Pumpkin4 Cookie Cutter Pumpkins
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Jack-o-tub for Halloween Goodies

September 24, 2012 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Fall Crafts

Jack o tub Jack o tub for Halloween Goodies
It’s getting to that time of year when Halloween and harvest parties abound. This project turns a simple little washtub into a perfectly spooky treat “bowl” in just a few minutes and then turns it back to a regular tub in a snap after the party is done. Although orange is definitely as Halloweeny as you can get, any color will add fun and flavor to your get-together!

Things you’ll need:
Metal washtub
Black contact paper
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Cut out shapes for eyes, nose and mouth from your contact paper, scaling them so that they are proportional to the size of your tub.
Jack o tub2 Jack o tub for Halloween Goodies
2. Peel off the backing and smooth down the shapes in place, working out all the bubbles and smoothing the edge down well so that it stays in place.
3. After the party, simply peel off your shapes and your tub is back to normal!

Upcycle: DIY Candy Bowls

September 21, 2012 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Fall Crafts, General Crafts

DIY Candy Bowls Upcycle: DIY Candy Bowls
Halloween is coming and I don’t know about your house, but in mine that means one thing. CANDY. While I try to limit the amount of candy my kids consume, Halloween is one of the few days of the year that I let them go a little crazy. We attend and host annual Halloween parties and the lure (and presence) of candy is too strong to resist. This year we are presenting our candy at our party in these fun, DIY candy bowls. Perfect for cookie decorating parties, decoration or just plain eating, they are easy to make with craft basics, dollar store or thrift store items.

Things you need:
Glass jars or bowls
Brass or wood candlesticks
Craft glue

Things to do:
1. If your candlesticks aren’t already painted, give them a few coats of color to match your party theme and allow them to dry overnight.
DIY Candy Bowls2 Upcycle: DIY Candy Bowls
2. Center the bowl or jar base onto the top of the candlestick, finding a good, centered spot for it.
3. Apply a generous amount of glue to join the two, wiping away any excess. Press down lightly to make sure the bowl adheres well.
4. Allow the glue to dry completely before filling with candy.

Singed Craft Paper Tags

September 17, 2012 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Fall Crafts

Singed Craft Paper Tags Singed Craft Paper Tags
These little tags take advantage of the natural look of that great craft basic, craft paper and adds a little fun with singed edges. Perfect for Halloween or Harvest labels, they are simple and fun to make. **

Things you’ll need:
Craft paper bags
Scissors
Hole punch
Candle and match
Hemp twine

Things to do:
1. Cut the paper bag into appropriately sized rectangles. Err on the side of a little big, they will be slightly smaller after singeing.
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2. Light the candle and lightly run the edges of the paper through the flame, immediately blowing the flame out if the paper catches. The goal is to darken and roughen the edges of the labels only.
3. Punch holes ¼ inch in from each side. Add text to the labels.
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4. String twine around the items to be labeled and pull the ends loosely through the holes. Tie oversized knots that wont pull through the holes and then trim away the tail close to the knot.

** Always use caution when working with an open flame. Have a bucket or water and/or a fire extinguisher handy and keep children well away.

Twig Wreath

September 12, 2012 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Fall Crafts, For the Home

Twig Wreath Twig Wreath
Fall is here, and with it the cooler weather has inspired a lot of long walks in our house. The ground around out house these days is scattered with fallen leaves and twigs and I’m always impressed by the simple beauty of them. This projects takes the humble stick and turns it into something beautiful for your home. What could be better?

Things you’ll need:
Flat or wire wreath form
Twigs, sticks and thin branches
Branch clippers
Hot glue gun and glue sticks or craft glue

Things to do:
1. Trim all of your sticks and twigs to approximately the same length. The length depends on the width of your wreath and final look you want, but don’t be too fussy about keeping them all the same, you want some variation.
Twig Wreath2 Twig Wreath
Twig Wreath3 Twig Wreath
2. Lay your wreath form on a flat, covered work surface and, using the glue, attach a stick at the 12, 3, 6, and 9 points on the circle, centering each. These will be your guide points and will help keep your remaining sticks even and straight.
Twig Wreath4 Twig Wreath
3. Place sticks at equal points between the four already attached, breaking up the wreath further to create eight, approximately even sections.
4. Working section by section, fill in the wreath, keeping the sticks relatively even with each other as you go.
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5. Clean up any glue threads and check that all of your sticks have adhered well before hanging.
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Handprint Turkeys

November 17, 2011 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Fall Crafts, Kid's Arts and Crafts

Handprint Turkeys Handprint Turkeys
If you have kids in your house, then Thanksgiving just wouldn’t be complete without some handprint turkeys! This cute little version is a step up from a traced hand and is great for slightly older kids or different ages working together (small kids can do handprints, big kids can do the details!)

Things you’ll need:
Craft paint in brown, red, orange, white and black
Paintbrushes
Googly Eyes
Paper

Things to do:
1. Spread a generous layer of paint onto a child’s hands and press them down, thumbs pointing toward each other, firmly onto the paper.
Handprint Turkeys2 Handprint Turkeys
Handprint Turkeys3 Handprint Turkeys
Handprint Turkeys4 Handprint Turkeys
2. Once the handprints have dried, paint a beak and legs, then add the comb, warble and eyes. Allow the paint to dry before displaying.
Handprint Turkeys5 Handprint Turkeys
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Easy Bat Chocolates

Bat Chocolates Easy Bat Chocolates
I love, LOVE Halloween. I love decorating for it, I love making costumes for it, and I love making treats for it. These bat chocolates are on my list for candy to hand out this year. They are the perfect mix of making candy personalized while still keeping it safe and wrapped.

Things you’ll need:
Black cardstock
Bat template
Mini chocolate bars
Removable Glue Dots
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Cut out one bat per chocolate from the black paper using the template
Bat Chocolates2 Easy Bat Chocolates
2. In the center of each bat, gently place a removable glue dot.
Bat Chocolates3 Easy Bat Chocolates
3. Press the chocolate onto the glue dot.
4. Fold the wings of the bat gently up to add dimension.

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