DIY Glittered and Painted Acorns


DIY Glittered and Painted Acorns are perfect for vase fillers, table decor and more. Here is how to make your own:

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 2 hours plus paint drying time.
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Southwest Sunset Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint Set
Artificial Acorns
Chestnut Brown Extra Fine Glitter
Pumpkin Orange Extra Fine Glitter
Sunflower Gold Extra Fine Glitter

Things to do:
1. Paint the body of the acorn with the Harvest Orange Acrylic Paint from the Southwest Sunset Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint Set. Do not paint the acorn cap, leave it natural.

2. In a container of sand, turn the acorn upside down to dry completely. You may use regular sand or kinetic sand. Try not to let the acorn fall over into the sand. If the acorn does fall over into the sand, then just repaint that area.

3. Continue to paint the desired amount of acorns in the same color before starting other colors.

4. Paint more acorns with other colors, working with one color at a time to reduce the amount of times needed to wash the paintbrush. Once completely dry, most colors may need a second coat of paint. I painted each color with two coats of paint.

5. To start the glittered acorns, brush on Mod Podge to the entire body of the acorn.

6. Over a paper lined container, generously pour Chestnut Brown Extra Fine Glitter on each side of the body of the acorn.

7. Shake off excess glitter from acorn, then place the glittered acorn upside down in the sand to dry. If the acorn falls over in the sand, just add a little more Mod Podge and then glitter to that area.

8. Repeat with desired amount of acorns in the same color.

9. Once finished with first color. Fold the piece of paper in half and pour the excess glitter back into the container.

10. Repeat steps with additional colors. Allow the acorns to completely dry. All the colors except the brown needed a second coat of glitter. With the second coat of glitter, be sure not to brush on the second coat of Mod Podge. Instead, dab on the Mod Podge, to reduce the amount of glitter loss. Then allow the acorns to completely dry.

Voila! You now have your own DIY Glittered and Painted acorns.

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DIY “Fall” Mason Jar Centerpiece

It’s fall y’all! Step up your table scape with this seasonal centerpiece and make a serious design statement.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Acrylic paint (Honey Brown, English Ivy Green, Barn Red, Nutmeg Brown)
Paint brush
Wheat stalks
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors
2-inch jute ribbon
Mason jars
Frog lids
Alphabet stencil
Stencil brush

Things to do:
1. Use four different colors of acrylic paint to paint your mason jar.
2. Measure and cut four pieces of burlap ribbon to fit around your jars. Stencil F-A-L-L on each of the ribbon pieces. Each jar gets one letter.
3. Use hot glue to secure the ribbon in place on each jar.
4. Screw the lids on the jars and gently arrange your wheat in each of the lids.
5. Tie a piece of jute around the mason jar, just below the lid.

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DIY Fall Faux Leaf Table Runner

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Brown Burlap Table Runner
Copper Glitter Artificial Maple Leaves
Gold Faux Pearl Beads
Glue Gun

Things to do:
1. Measure where you would like to place your table runner. Then, trim off edges on each side. Use a rotary cutter and ruler for straighter lines.
2. Heat up glue gun.

3. Sort the Copper Glitter Artificial Maple Leaves by color and size.

4. Place the leaves on the edge of the table runner.

5. Once you have the look you desire. Starting with the center leaf, place a piece of glue on the back of each leaf. Work from the center down to each end.

6. Repeat with second row of leaves by placing the leaves in place, then gluing them down from center to the edges.

7. Along the second row of faux leaves, in the center of each leaf, place a drop of glue.

8. With the holes of the pearls facing the the sides, place the pearl on top of the glue. Hold the pearl down for about 15 seconds until glue dries.
9. Repeat all steps on the other side of the table runner.

Voila! You now have your festive Fall Faux Leaf Table Runner.

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DIY Fall Leaf Stencil Clock

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1 hour plus paint drying time.
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Clock Maker Medium Stem Kit
Unfinished Wood Clock Face with Laser Cut Numbers
Craft Designer Stencil Brush Set
Burnt Umber Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint
Leaves stencil
Southwest Sunset Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint Set

Things to do:
1. Paint the Clock face with the Burnt Umber Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint.

2. Allow paint to thoroughly dry between coats of paint. I used two coats of paint.

3. Decide on where to place the leaf stencil. You may use a piece of tape to hold down the stencil. Taping the stencil down is recommended. You will see the difference in the rest of the tutorial.

4. Dip stencil brush into the Harvest Orange Acrylic Paint. When stenciling be sure to not to have too much paint on the paint brush. Rub excess paint off on the paint tray.

5. Do not brush on stencil paint. Dab the stencil brush lightly onto the open spots of the stencil.

6. Make sure all open spots of the stencil have coverage, again without too much paint. Then gently lift the stencil upwards off the clock. Rinse off excess paint on stencil immediately.

7. Allow stenciled paint to completely dry, before starting the next stencil.

8. Tape down next stencil and dab on the Lemon Chiffon Paint. Then allow the paint to completely dry. I only taped down the stencils on the left side of the clock. You can clearly see the difference taping made.

9. Mix the Lemon Chiffon and Harvest Orange acrylic paints together.

1O. Dab the stencil with the new color mixture. I was not as careful of wiping off the excess paint with this stencil. You are able to see the smudges. Rinse off stencil of excess paint. Allow the stencil to thoroughly dry.

11. Tape down last leaf stencil.

12. Dab the last stencil with the Territorial Beige acrylic paint. Rinse off stencil again.

13. Allow the last stencil paint to dry thoroughly.

14. Once all paint is thoroughly dry, insert the Clock Maker Kit per instructions.

Voila, you now have your own Fall Leaf Stencil Clock.

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How to Make a Pumpkin Vase with Fall Arrangement

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Pumpkin
Pumpkin carving tools
Wire cutters
Orchid Purple Artificial Gerbera Daisy Bouquet
Purple Artificial Mum Bush
Fall Artificial Mum and Maple Bush
Artificial Sunflower Bush
Floral foam block

Things to do:
1. Using a knife, cut a circle around the top of the pumpkin stem. Discard the pumpkin stem.

2. Using your hands, remove the flesh from inside the pumpkin. You may also use a carving tool for this step, if you’d like.

3. Cut a piece of foam floral block that fits across the circumference of the bottom of the pumpkin. Place the foam on its side and push it into the pumpkin.

4. Lay the foam flat across the inside bottom of the pumpkin.

5. Using the wire cutters, cut away several stems of each flower you chose. Cut the stems longer, as you can always trim them down later if you need to.

6. Starting with the sunflowers, which will be the center of the arrangement, place three sunflowers in the center by pushing them into the foam block.

7. Next add your secondary flowers starting with the orchid purple daisies. These flowers should be trimmed to be shorter than the sunflowers.

8. Add a couple of purple mums to the arrangement, again making sure these flowers are trimmed a bit shorter than the sunflowers. You can also place the flowers into the foam block at an angle to get the right height.

9. Add fall mums to the arrangement, filling in where you see holes and continuing to vary the height of the flowers.

10. Add maple bush stems to give the arrangement some height in a couple of places. Continue to fill in holes as needed with the remaining stems.

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DIY Ombre Glitter Pumpkin


Want to add a little more sparkle than scary to your Autumn decor? Then the DIY Ombre Glitter Pumpkin will fit perfectly in your Fall decor. Here is how to make your own.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 2 hours of crafting plus paint and glitter drying time
Age range: Adults

Things you’ll need:
Paper Mache Pumpkin
Mod Podge
True Green Multi-Surface Acrylic Paint
Pumpkin Orange Extra Fine Glitter
Chestnut Brown Extra Fine Glitter
Old Gold Brush ‘N Leaf Exterior Metallic Paint
Burnt Umber Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint
Harvest Orange Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint
Darice Flat Red Sable Artist Paint Brush Set
Small Poly Foam Brush
Krylon Glitter Blast Clear Sealer Spray

Things to do:
1. With the Burnt Umber Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint, paint a line around the entire pumpkin.

2. Continue painting the pumpkin from the line to the bottom, including the bottom of the pumpkin. Allow the paint to completely dry.

3. Paint the very tip of the pumpkin stem green. Allow the paint to dry.

4. Be sure not to eat or drink while using the Old Gold Brush ‘N Leaf Exterior Metallic Paint, as it does contain copper. Wash hands thoroughly after use.

5. With the Old Gold Brush ‘N Leaf Exterior Metallic Paint paint the leaves, stem and wrap around the stem. Paint the underneath of each of the leaves first. One coat of paint should be sufficient. Allow the paint to completely dry.

6. Since the area is small, some Old Gold Brush ‘N Leaf Exterior Metallic Paint may have dropped on the pumpkin stem, touch up the the pumpkin stem with the true green paint.

7. Use the Harvest Orange Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint to paint around the stem of the pumpkin.

8. Then paint a line around the pumpkin to match up to the brown on the bottom of the pumpkin.

9. Continue to fill in the rest of the top of the pumpkin with the harvest orange paint. Allow the paint to dry.

10. Brush a layer of Mod Podge on one side of the bottom of the pumpkin covering the brown paint. I break the sides up in quarters. Try to get a nice even smooth coat. Too little Mod Podge will leave open spaces in the glitter and too much Mod Podge will cause the glitter to clump. It is easier to fill in the open spaces, than to get rid of clumps.

11. Over a container lined with a sheet of paper generously pour the chestnut brown glitter over the Mod Podge layer. Make sure the Mod Podge is completely covered. Wait a few seconds, then shake off excess glitter. Repeat this step on all four sides of the bottom of the pumpkin.

12. Brush a layer of Mod Podge on the bottom of the pumpkin. Then, generously pour a layer of the chestnut brown glitter. Wait a few seconds, then shake off excess glitter. Fill in any open areas with more mod podge and glitter.

13. Set pumpkin upside down, making sure the glitter edges are not touching the pan, to dry completely.

14. Fold the piece of paper containing the excess the glitter in half. Then, pour the excess glitter back into its original container.

15. Once the glitter on the bottom of the pumpkin is thoroughly dry, add the mod podge to the top of the pumpkin covering the orange paint, again in quarters.

16. Pour on pumpkin orange glitter over the mod podge and repeat the same steps as the brown the glitter above, until the orange paint is covered in glitter. I found the orange glitter needed more touch ups than the brown glitter.

17. Set pumpkin back on pan to thoroughly dry. To keep glitter from falling off, spray the pumpkin with the Krylon Glitter Blast Clear Sealer Spray. Turn the pumpkin upside down, spray the bottom of the pumpkin in a well ventilated area. All to dry thoroughly before flipping the pumpkin over and spraying the top part of the pumpkin. Allow to thoroughly dry.

Voila! You now have your own DIY Ombre Glitter Pumpkin!

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DIY Modern Fall Wreath

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
10″ gold metal craft ring
Cloth covered floral wire
Fuchsia Artificial Peony Bush
Jumbo Purple Artificial Peony Stem
Light Green Artificial Eucalyptus Spray
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Using wire cutters, cut a eucalyptus branch from the spray.

2. Cut two stems from the fuchsia peony bush, then trim the purple peony stem.

3. Using the floral wire, wrap the eucalyptus around the gold ring.

4. Wrap the eucalyptus, leaving a few inches of the stem free. Trim the floral wire with wire cutters, then secure the wrapped wire.

5. Bend each of the flower stems so that the flower is facing out.

6. Arrange the flowers how you’d like them on the ring. We placed a purple peony in the center and flanked it with a fuchsia peony on each side.

7. Starting with the purple peony, place the flower against the gold ring and wrap it in place. The placement of the flower doesn’t have to be perfect; you can adjust it later.

8. Add a fuchsia peony on one side of the purple peony, wrapping it in place.

9. Add a second fuchsia peony on the other side, placing the leaves of the steam on the outside so they’re visible.

10. Adjust the leaves and flowers so that the flowers face out and the leaves are spread out and visible.

11. Add a dab of hot glue to the back of each flower to secure it and ensure it faces out.

12. Hang your wreath, angling the flowers so that they rest slightly to one side of the ring.

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How to Make a Galaxy Pumpkin


Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 30 minutes, plus 5 hours for drying paint
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Painter’s tape
White pumpkin
Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Flat Black Spray Paint
Paint brush (stiff bristles work best)
Acrylic paints in blue, purple, pink, and white
Natural Sea Silk Sponge
Old toothbrush

Things to do:
1. Using the painter’s tape, tape the stem of the pumpkin until it is completely covered.

2. Using the black spray paint, paint the pumpkin, holding the spray paint about 6-8″ from the pumpkin. Allow the spray paint to dry for 1 hour.

3. When the paint is dry, spread a small amount of blue acrylic paint onto a palette. Dip the stiff paintbrush into the paint, then brush the paintbrush back and forth to remove some of the paint.

4. Using the paintbrush, paint large blue circles onto the pumpkin. For a galaxy-like look, try not to paint circles that are too solid in color; the stiff, dry brush will help with that.

5. Allow the paint to dry for 1 hour.

6. Repeat step 4, this time with purple paint, adding the purple paint on top of the blue paint in a few places. Do not cover the blue paint completely. Allow to dry for 1 hour.

7. Using the sponge, apply pink paint, adding the pink paint on top of the purple paint. You can also add pink paint on solid black parts of the pumpkin. This should look random, so use your creative judgement. Allow to dry for 1 hour.

8. Using an old toothbrush, tap gently onto the white paint. Hold the toothbrush near the pumpkin, then rub your finger across the bristles, sending tiny dots of paint onto the pumpkin.

9. Apply the white paint all over the pumpkin for a real outer space look. Allow the white paint to dry for 1 hour.

10. Remove the painter’s tape from the pumpkin stem.

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DIY Yarn Pumpkin Tutorial


This is a great project for upcycling all those plastic bags you have around the house.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Plastic bags
Packing tape or masking tape
Scissors
Thick branches from the yard
Orange yarn
Glue (optional)

Things to do:
1. Lay a plastic bag flat on your work surface. Begin rolling the outside edges toward the center to create a round shape.

2. Tape the bag in the center of the fold to hold the circular shape of the pumpkin.

3. Repeat steps 1-2 two more times with two more bags.

4. Stack the three plastic bags together, then tape them together to secure them.

5. Scrunch and fluff the bags with your hands to create a round shape.

Tip: If you want to create a smaller pumpkin, use only one or two bags. To create a larger pumpkin, use as many bags as you’d like.
6. Using scissors, cut a slit into the top center of the stack of bags where you want the stem to go.

7. Insert the short branch into the cut. Remember that the yarn will cover part of the branch later, so don’t worry about choosing the perfect branch length just yet.

8. Tape around the branch to secure it.

9. Grab the end of the yarn and begin wrapping around the plastic bag, wrapping over the yarn end to hold it in place.

Tip: Try not to wrap too tightly, otherwise your plastic bags will collapse and make the pumpkin smaller.
10. Continue wrapping, changing the direction of the yarn after several dozen wraps and rotating the pumpkin. If your wraps appear loose, that’s ok. The more you wrap, the more the pumpkin will take shape.

11. As you wrap, try to fill in spaces where the plastic bag is showing. When the pumpkin has a nice shape and you have covered all the open gaps where the plastic is showing, you’re finished wrapping.

12. Then the entire bag is covered with yarn, cut the yarn.

13. Tuck the yarn end into the nearby wraps.

14. Optional: Secure the yarn end with a dab of glue.

Tip: If, after wrapping, your branch seems too long for a stem, you can break part of it off to shorten it.

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DIY Felt Owl Mask Tutorial


Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 45 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Paper Mache Domino Mask
Scissors
Sewing pin
White elastic jewelry cord
Tracing tool such as pen or marker
Glue gun and glue sticks
Charcoal Felt Sheets
Gray Felt Sheets
Yellow Felt Sheet

Things to do:
1. Cut a piece of elastic that fits snugly from one edge of the mask to the other around the back of your head.

2. Using the sewing pin, poke a hole in the mask on the outside of the eye, close to the edge. You may need to wiggle the pin around just a bit to make the hole bigger.

3. Insert the elastic into the hole, then knot it.

4. Pull so that the knot rests against the mask.

5. Repeat steps 2-3 for the opposite side of the mask.

6. Using the tracing tool, draw a feather shape onto the light gray felt and cut it out. We drew two different feather sizes: Our feather shapes measured about 7/8″ wide and were 1 1/4 ” and 1 3/4 ” tall. The feathers do not have to be perfect!

7. Using the cut feather as a template, trace additional feathers onto the light gray and charcoal sheets.

8. Cut out all the traced feather shapes.

9. We drew around 13 feathers in each size and color, but if you need more feathers later you can always cut out more. Set these feathers to the side for now.

10. Place the mask flat on the gray felt. Using the tracing tool, trace around the top of the mask, tracing just above the eyes. You do not need to tilt the mask as the top part will not be covered.

11. Trace the eyes of the mask.

12. Trace around the sides and the bottom of the mask, this time tilting the mask to make sure you’re tracing the entire surface. It’s best to trace a larger outline, since you can fold over the excess felt later when you’re attaching it to the mask.

13. Cut around the outline of the mask.

14. To cut the eyes, fold the felt over and use the scissors to create a small snip in the fold.

15. Insert the scissors through the slit and cut the eyes. Set the felt outline aside for now.

16. Begin layering the felt feathers by hot gluing the first layer across the top of the mask. Glue feathers side by side without any space between them.

17. Add a second layer of feathers just below that, again gluing the feathers side by side.

18. Add two more rows of felt, this time overlapping the feathers as you glue.

19. When you are happy with the feather placement, glue the felt mask onto the paper mache starting with the top part of the mask.

20. Hot glue the felt mask around the eyes.

21. Hot glue the felt mask around the bottom.

22. If you have excess felt along the edge, hot glue the excess felt to the inside of the mask to hide it.

23. To create the owl’s nose, use scissors to clip across the corner of the gold felt.

24. Hot glue the nose to the mask.

25. Remove any excess hot glue from the mask.

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