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Glitter Leaf Ornaments

September 23, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Fall Crafts

Glitter Leaf Ornaments Glitter Leaf Ornaments
Add a little glitz and glitter to your holiday display with some sparkly leaves! These glittered leaf ornaments turn ordinary silk leaves into something special. Hang them along a mantel, from your tree or adorn a holiday wreath with them to take your decor up a notch.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 20 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Glitter
Mod Podge
Foam brush
Disposable lid or plate
Silk leaveswe used ivy
Scissors
Hole punch
Ribbon

Things to do:
1. Pluck a few leaves off of the garland.
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2. Trim away the stems.
3. Mix equal parts glitter and Mod Podge in the lid.
4. Paint a generous coat of the glitter glue over the entire surface of the leaf. Allow it to dry.
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5. Continue to add coats of the glitter glue until the leaf is well coated.
6. Once the leaves are dry, punch a whole at the top and string through with ribbon to display.
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Easy Paper Turkey Napkin Holders

November 17, 2013 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Fall Crafts

Paper Turkey Napkin Holders Easy Paper Turkey Napkin Holders
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and in our house we have a tradition of making new napkin rings or clips each year, with the help of the kids of course. This year our table will be sporting these super cute folded paper turkey clips which even little hands can help with. Change up the colors scheme and style by using different colors and patterns of paper to suit your own needs and get folding!

Things you’ll need:
Scrapbook paper
Clothespins
Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
Markers or pens
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Cut a rectangle our of the paper for each clothespin that is just slightly wider than the length of the pin and about 1 ½ times the length.
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2. Fold the paper, starting at a narrow end, into an accordion fold, with each pleat about the width of the clothespin.
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3. Fold the pleated paper in half and round the ends.
4. Glue the bottom pleat to the top of the clothespin* and then bring the two halves of the top pleat up together and glue them in place to create a half circle. Add dabs of glue as needed to keep the circle shape solid.
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5. Cut out a bowling ball shaped piece of paper for the body of the turkey and glue it to the center-fold of the circle, adding eyes and a beak with your markers.
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* Always use adult supervision when working with a hot glue gun!

DIY Kid Friendly Magical Hand Sanitizer

Magical Hand Sanitizer DIY Kid Friendly Magical Hand Sanitizer
It’s that time of year. Yep, cold season. I’ve got little ones running around my house, bring germs in and leaving them all over, if you’ve got a similar situation I’m sure you, like me, probably have a bottle of hand sanitizer hanging around to help fight those germs. But if you’ve got a reluctant kiddo who’s not so sure about that crazy clear liquid, why not turn an ordinary bottle into some Magic Germ Blaster! Adding a little glitter has two benefits. First, it makes the germ blaster seem much more fun but it’s also a great way to teach kids how germs spread. Liberally squirt your hands and rub until dry and then shake their hands, show them how the glitter transfers from your hand to theirs. Good thing you shared glitter and not germs!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 2 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Hand sanitizer
Fine glitter
New Label (optional)

Things to do:
1. Remove a little of the hand sanitizer from the bottle, just enough to give some space for shaking.
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2. Pour in glitter, somewhere between ½ a teaspoon to a tablespoon depending on the size of your bottle.
3. Close the lid tightly and shake until the glitter is distributed through the bottle evenly.
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4. Add a new “magic” label and watch those germs be blasted out of the park! Or at least your house!
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Fall Apple Tea Light Candle Holder

November 12, 2013 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Fall Crafts, For the Home

Apple Tea Light Holder Fall Apple Tea Light Candle Holder
It’s fall! And if your house is anything like mine, that means apples! Even for apple lovers, we seem to have more apples than we could ever eat. And while just a bowl full here and there makes me smile and is the easiest kind of decorating, some simple apple tea lights really make a home take on the feeling of fall. And they couldn’t be easier. So grab your teaspoon and some apples and lets make some votives.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 2 minutes per apple

Things you’ll need:
Round teaspoon and tablespoon
Apples
Tea lights or small votive candles

Things to do:
1. Centering your tablespoon on the core of the apple, use it to scoop out a perfect circle from the top of your apple. You don’t need to go deep, just try to scoop out that nice, round shape for now.
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2. Once you’ve got your base shape, switch to the teaspoon and carve out the walls until you have a depth that will fit your candle.
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3. Pop in the candles and you’re ready!
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Decorative Festive Fall Suckers

October 24, 2013 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, Fall Crafts

Decorative Festive Fall Suckers Decorative Festive Fall Suckers
These adorable suckers are the perfect goodie to give to trick-or-treaters! The kids will love receiving these unique candies that are festive and tasty. In just a few easy steps, you can have custom candies that are sure to make Halloween an extra special occasion.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 Minutes
Age range: 10 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Sucker Candies
Orange and Brown Felt Sheets
Scissors
Ribbon or Jute
Decorative Silk Leaves
Tacky Glue
Mounting Tape
Paper
Pen

Things to do:
Silk Leaf Suckers
1. Cut a small piece of mounting tape and attach it to the back of the silk leaf. Securely attach the tape and leaf onto the sucker.
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2. Tie a piece of ribbon around the stem of the sucker.
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Pumpkin Suckers
1. Use your paper and pen to make a pumpkin pattern. Draw an oval that is roughly 2 ½ x 2 in. with a small stem on top.
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2. Trace around your pumpkin pattern onto your orange sheet of felt.
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3. Cut out the felt pumpkin, including the stem.
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4. Trace the stem pattern onto the piece of brown felt, cut it out and use it to cover the orange stem on your pumpkin. Attach it with tacky glue.
5. Fold the pumpkin in half and cut small slits into the felt.
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6. Use mounting tape to attach the pumpkin to the sucker.
7. Tie a piece of jute around the step of the sucker to complete the look.

Easy DIY Autumn Basket

Easy DIY Autumn Basket Easy DIY Autumn Basket
Fall is a beautiful time of year. The air is crisp and the leaves are turning golden, creating a warm and cozy atmosphere. The weather is ideal for hosting dinner parties, meaning you will need to find the perfect centerpiece to adorn your table. This decorative fall basket is the perfect addition to your decor, creating a welcoming ambiance.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 5 Minutes
Age range: 10 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Leaf Garland
Pinecone
Plastic treat bags
Treats

Things to do:
1. Measure the circumference of your basket, and cut a length of garland that is proportionate to the size of your basket.
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2. Wrap your length of garland around the edge of your basket, creating a festive look. Secure with wire if needed.
3. Place a pinecones inside the basket for decoration. Incorporate as many as you would like, until you achieve your desired look.
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4. Measure individual servings of goodies into plastic bags. Secure the bags with ribbon or jute and trim the excess plastic. Place the treat bags inside the basket for a festive way to serve treats to your guests.
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Natural Harvest Bean Candles

October 17, 2013 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Fall Crafts, For the Home

Bean Candles Natural Harvest Bean Candles
It’s fall, the perfect time for family dinners around the table and warm colors and candlelight. This project turns ordinary pillar candles into fall harvest themed decorations that are perfect for those fall dinners or for your autumn mantelpiece. Here we have used split peas and lentils but corn kernels or different kinds of beans would be beautiful as well. You can either tape the glued sections off or apply it free hand for different looks.

Difficulty level: easy
Time required: 10 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Grains or pulses
Mod Podge
Masking tape
Pillar Candle

Things to do:
1. On a covered work surface, tape off (if desired) a section of the candle where you want the grains to be.
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2. Apply a generous layer of Mod Podge to part of the taped off area and sprinkle with grains, patting them into the glue so that they stay put.
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3. Work your way around the candle, adding more glue and grains until the entire thing is covered.
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4. Allow the glue to dry before displaying or using.

DIY Gold Leaf Place Cards

DIY Gold Leaf Place Cards DIY Gold Leaf Place Cards
Perfect for a elegant holiday dinner party, gift tags or even just something special for a weeknight dinner, these place cards are a beautiful touch to add to your table this winter and now, when the leaves are at their best, is the time to make them. Look for leaves with interesting shapes, including leaves with small holes or irregular sides, for added interest.

Difficulty level: Moderate- requires a steady hand
Time required: 20 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Gold craft paint
Paintbrush
Leaves (you can use fake leaves as well)
Paint pen with fine tip

Things to do:
1. On a covered work surface, brush off any dirt or debris from your leaves and make sure they are very dry.
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2. Paint the leaves, front, back and stems, with several coats of goal paint, allowing for dry time between coats.
3. Allow the leaves to dry overnight so the paint cures
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4. Carefully letter names onto the leaves with your paint pen, being sure not to crush the leaves as your work. Allow the paint pen to dry before using.

Crepe Paper Flowers

October 14, 2013 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Fall Crafts

Crepe Paper Flowers Crepe Paper Flowers
These flowers add a little spook to your Hallowe’en decorations while still being pretty! Group them in vases or attach them to black floral wire to make larger bouquets. They also make fun boutonnieres and corsages for October events, completing your creepy outfits!

Things you need:
Black crepe paper
Scissors
Clear tape
Black floral wire (optional)
Black floral tape (optional)

Things to do:
1. Cut a three-foot piece of crepe paper and fold in half with the edges meeting. Fold in half again, making sure all the sides and edges line up. Continue folding until you have a 2-1/2″ rectangle.
2. Round the edges of the rectangle, being sure not to cut all the way thought the folds.
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3. Open the crepe paper up and, starting at one end, gather the bottom edge and start wrapping the paper up on itself, bunching the bottom as you go.
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4. Continue to wrap, gather and pinch until you have used up the entire length of paper. Wrap a short piece of clear scotch tape around the pinched section to hold the flower together.
5. If you want these in a bouquet. Cut a length of floral wire and press one end onto the bottom of the flower. Wrap the flower and wire tightly with floral tape, winding the tape down along the wire to create a stem.
6. The petals can be shaped slightly but pulling gently on the sides while smoothing the center of the petal with your thumb. Gather the flowers together in a bowl, on a plate or bunch together and wrap with a bow for a wickedly beautiful decoration.

Book Page Leaf Rubbings

October 13, 2013 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Fall Crafts, Kid's Arts and Crafts

Book Page Leaf Rubbings Book Page Leaf Rubbings
Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the weather and the color and the feeling in the air. And most of all the leaves. I always wait and wait for the leaves and then I want to keep them forever. Those bright colors! Red and gold and orange! I love them! This is a great way to keep a reminder of those leaves all winter long (and beyond) in an elegant way.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: Less than 10 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Book
Craft knife
Crayons or Pastels
Leaves
Paper towels
Access to a window

Things to do:
1. Carefully cut out two or three pages of a book, making sure the edges are neat on the cut side.
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2. Collect a few leaves and press flat gently with paper towels to help flatten and dry them.
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3. Center the leaves on your page with the veins facing the page. Hold the page up to a window and use your crayon to lightly outline the leaf on the page.
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4. Switch to a flat surface, being careful keep the leaf in the same place.
5. Turn your crayon onto it’s side and rub gently within the outline to reveal the veins and texture of the leaf.
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