Category: Fall Crafts

No-Sew Felt ‘Branch’ from the Movie Trolls Leaf Vest Tutorial

Trolls_Leaf_Vest_Tutorial
Easily create a felt leaf vest from an old t-shirt and felt. Perfect for dressing up as Branch from the movie Trolls. Great for your child’s costume trunk or Halloween!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 60+ Mins
Age range: 12+

Things you’ll need:
An old t-shirt in your child’s size
Green felt (for a size 4t, we used around 8 sheets total, so this will depend)
Scissors
Hot glue gun/hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. If you are starting from a typical t-shirt style t-shirt, and not a tank, carefully remove the sleeves at the seam.
Trolls_Leaf_Vest_Tutorial1
2. Next, to create the look of a vest, cut a straight line up the very center of your t-shirt (only on the front portion) to the very top.
Trolls_Leaf_Vest_Tutorial2
3. Create your leaves. For easy and fast creation, cut more cylinder shaped leaves. Use one to create a pattern and cut out the rest from this pattern. The amount of leaves you will use, will depend on the size of your shirt. We used around 18 for this size 4t t-shirt (only covering the front portion in leaves).
Trolls_Leaf_Vest_Tutorial3
4. Attach your leaves using hot glue. We overlapped and ruffled the tops of the leaves to give them a more realistic look. Simply cover the front side of your vest in your leaves, arranging them how you see fit, making sure to cover all of the t-shirt bits visible.
Trolls_Leaf_Vest_Tutorial4
Trolls_Leaf_Vest_Tutorial5
5. Whether you cover the back portion of your vest is up to you, however, it is extremely simple, and can be accomplished by taking sheets of your green felt and gluing them to your fabric using your hot glue, and overlapping onto the inside of your vest-see photos for examples.
Trolls_Leaf_Vest_Tutorial6
Trolls_Leaf_Vest_Tutorial7
Trolls_Leaf_Vest_Tutorial8
Trolls_Leaf_Vest_Tutorial9

Continue Reading

How to Make a Felt Pumpkin Pie Slice

Felt_Pumpkin_Pie_Slice
Create an adorable felt pumpkin pie slice, that can be used to create a banner (using multiple slices), decor, an addition to an existing pennant, or even as an seasonal felt food toy for your little one.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 10+ minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Felt
Hot glue gun/hot glue sticks
Scissors
Ruler

Things to do:
1. Using a ruler, create a triangle shape on your orange colored felt and carefully cut it out.
Felt_Pumpkin_Pie_Slice1
Felt_Pumpkin_Pie_Slice2
2. Cut out a rectangular piece of tan colored felt that is longer than the width of your triangle shaped piece.
Felt_Pumpkin_Pie_Slice3
3. Using your hot glue, attach your tan rectangular strip to the top of your triangle. Ruffle the felt along the way to create a crimped crust appearance.
Felt_Pumpkin_Pie_Slice4
4. Using a white bit of felt or a white pom pom, create a dollop of whipped cream on top of the pie. Using the felt, we scrunched a small piece up and attached it with hot glue.
5. We attached our pie piece to a pennant flag, by first hot gluing a stiffened doily on top (to stiffen a doily, saturate it with stiffening glue, and allow to dry), and then hot gluing our pie piece on top.
Felt_Pumpkin_Pie_Slice5
Felt_Pumpkin_Pie_Slice6
Felt_Pumpkin_Pie_Slice7

Continue Reading

DIY Twine Pumpkin Garland Tutorial

DIY_Twine_Pumpkin_Garland_Tutorial
Feeling festive? This pumpkin garland is a great way to decorate your home for season! Follow our simple steps and your space will be spooktacular in no time!

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

Things you’ll need:
Orange jute
Scissors
Green pipe cleaners
Jute or string

Things to do:
1. First, we’re going to make the pumpkins for our garland. Start by wrapping your orange jute around your hand. When you’ve reached your desired thickness, trim the end.
DIY_Twine_Pumpkin_Garland_Tutorial2
DIY_Twine_Pumpkin_Garland_Tutorial3
2. Cut a 7-inch piece of jute and slide it down the middle of your jute loop.
DIY_Twine_Pumpkin_Garland_Tutorial4
3. Cut a 2-1/2 inch piece of pipe cleaner and lay it on top of your jute loop.
DIY_Twine_Pumpkin_Garland_Tutorial5
4. Tie the 7-inch piece of jute in a double knot, securing the pipe cleaner to the jute loop.
DIY_Twine_Pumpkin_Garland_Tutorial6
5. Trim any excess jute.
6. Repeat this step until you’ve made enough pumpkins to cover your desired length of garland.
7. Now it’s time to display your pumpkins. Slide a piece of string over the center of your pipe cleaners and wrap them tightly around it, creating the stem of your pumpkins and securing them to your garland.
DIY_Twine_Pumpkin_Garland_Tutorial7
8. Display your garland and enjoy!

Continue Reading

DIY Autumn Leaf Garland

DIY_Autumn_Leaf_Garland
Welcome fall with this gorgeous leaf garland! In just a few minutes, you can transform your space into a cozy, seasonal setting.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Artificial leaves
Embroidery needle
Jute or string
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Thread your embroidery needle with string.
DIY_Autumn_Leaf_Garland2
DIY_Autumn_Leaf_Garland3
2. Sew through the center of your leaves, spacing your stitches out so the leaf is balanced and supported when it hangs.
DIY_Autumn_Leaf_Garland4
DIY_Autumn_Leaf_Garland5
3. When your garland reaches your design length, trim the string and tie a knot at both ends, creating loops you can use to hang your garland.

Continue Reading

DIY Stuffed Fabric Pumpkins Tutorial

DIY_Stuffed_Fabric_Pumpkins
These darling pumpkins make the perfect Halloween or Thanksgiving decor! Play around with different patterns and prints to make a set that complements your home decor.

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

Things you’ll need:
Fabric
Scissors
Jute
Wired jute
Burlap squares
Filler (cotton, rice, etc.)

Things to do:
1. First, cut a 14 x 14 inch square of fabric.
DIY_Stuffed_Fabric_Pumpkins2
DIY_Stuffed_Fabric_Pumpkins3
2. Fill your fabric square with cotton or your choice of filler. For my pumpkins, I used rice.
DIY_Stuffed_Fabric_Pumpkins4
3. Cut an 8-inch piece of jute.
4. Pull the sides of your fabric square up towards the center and tie your jute tightly around them to hold them in place. This will create your pumpkin!
DIY_Stuffed_Fabric_Pumpkins6
DIY_Stuffed_Fabric_Pumpkins7
5. Trim the fabric to create an even top.
DIY_Stuffed_Fabric_Pumpkins8
6. Fold your burlap square in half and cut a half circle out of the center. Slide it carefully over the top of your pumpkin.
7. Cut five pieces of jute, all measuring roughly 2 1/2 feet, and knot the ends together.
DIY_Stuffed_Fabric_Pumpkins5
8. Spread the tails of your knotted jute out and place the pumpkin on the center.
9. Pull your jute tails up, two at a time, wrap them around the top of your pumpkin and knot them in place. Repeat this step until all jute tails are knotted. Trim any excess.
DIY_Stuffed_Fabric_Pumpkins9
DIY_Stuffed_Fabric_Pumpkins10
10. To complete your pumpkin, cut off an 8-inch piece of wired ribbon, wrap it around your finger to create a spiral curl, and secure it on the top of your pumpkin by wrapping it around the stem.
DIY_Stuffed_Fabric_Pumpkins11
DIY_Stuffed_Fabric_Pumpkins12

Continue Reading

DIY Spooky “BOO” Halloween Decor

Spooky_BOO_Halloween_Decor
If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to decorate your home this Halloween, we have a great project for you! We’ve perfected our glittering technique, which means you can add a sparkling, festive touch to your holiday decor without the mess. Grab your glitter and mod podge and let’s get started!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to Complete: 20 Minutes
Age range: 8 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Wooden letters
Foam brush
Mixing Bowl
Mod Podge
Glitter

Things to do:
1. In a small bowl, mix mod podge and glitter together. The more glitter you add, the thicker your coverage will be. Start with a small amount of mod podge and make more of the mixture if you need to – you can’t save this! **Helpful tip: The finer the glitter, the better. Chunky glitter will seize up your mixture.
Spooky_BOO_Halloween_Decor2
Spooky_BOO_Halloween_Decor3
Spooky_BOO_Halloween_Decor4
2. Use a foam brush to apply your mixture to wooden letters. Use a generous amount to make sure it goes on evenly. If any mod podge runs over the edge, wipe it up with a damp cloth before it dries.
Spooky_BOO_Halloween_Decor5
Spooky_BOO_Halloween_Decor6
Spooky_BOO_Halloween_Decor7
3. Let your letters dry over night
Spooky_BOO_Halloween_Decor8

Continue Reading

Halloween-Inspired Cinnamon Stick Broom Place Card Tutorial

cinnamon_stick_broom_main
Set these cute cinnamon stick brooms out on your holiday table and delight kids and adults alike. Use the small tags suggested, or if you’d like to add name tags, move up to a larger size to create adorable place cards.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Dried cinnamon sticks
Dried raffia
Small ivory tags
Embroidery thread
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks

Cinnamon_Stick_Broom_Place_Card1

Things to do:
1. Cut off a small bunch of raffia to about 7-8″ long.
Cinnamon_Stick_Broom_Place_Card2
2. Wrap the raffia with a piece of embroidery floss, and knot securely.
Cinnamon_Stick_Broom_Place_Card3
3. Fold the raffia in half and tie this with another piece of floss.
Cinnamon_Stick_Broom_Place_Card4
4. Trim the edges of the raffia so they’re even. Warm up your hot glue gun.
Cinnamon_Stick_Broom_Place_Card5
5. Glue the raffia to the cinnamon stick.
Cinnamon_Stick_Broom_Place_Card6
6. Wrap another piece of raffia around the base.
Cinnamon_Stick_Broom_Place_Card7
7. The broom should look like the one shown here.
Cinnamon_Stick_Broom_Place_Card8
8. Write on the tag and wrap around the stick with the floss.
Cinnamon_Stick_Broom_Place_Card9

Continue Reading

Creepy Faux Taxidermy Spider Plaque Tutorial

Faux_Taxidermy_Spider_Plaque_Tutorial_main
Craft this Spooky faux taxidermy for your Halloween decorating needs! This is a fun project that’s easy to do – just takes some waiting for everything to dry, and then you’re good to go.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 1 hour
Age range: 12+

Things you’ll need:
Unfinished lady bug shapes
Black acrylic paint
Two pipe cleaners
Gold metallic paint
Wood plaque
Sawtooth hanger
Paint brush
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks

Faux_Taxidermy_Spider_Plaque_Tutorial1

Things to do:
1. Paint two of the ladybug forms black, for spider bodies. Allow to dry.
Faux_Taxidermy_Spider_Plaque_Tutorial2
2. Use the spray paint to paint the plaque gold. Allow to dry. Warm up your hot glue gun.
Faux_Taxidermy_Spider_Plaque_Tutorial3
3. Glue the spiders to the plaque.
Faux_Taxidermy_Spider_Plaque_Tutorial4
4. Cut 8 pieces of pipe cleaner, each to 3″ long.
Faux_Taxidermy_Spider_Plaque_Tutorial5
5. To make a pair of legs, fold two of the pipe cleaner pieces in half.
Faux_Taxidermy_Spider_Plaque_Tutorial6
6. Wrap the two piece around each other, then shape the ends as show. Repeat for three more sets of legs.
Faux_Taxidermy_Spider_Plaque_Tutorial7
7. Glue the legs to the spider bodies.
Faux_Taxidermy_Spider_Plaque_Tutorial8
8. Apply the sawtooth hanger to the back of the plaque.
Faux_Taxidermy_Spider_Plaque_Tutorial9

Continue Reading

How to Make a Pumpkin Mason Jar Tutorial

Pumpkin_Mason_Jar_main
Paint some quirky and practical mason jar pumpkins for the holidays. If these will be decorations, use hot glue for the step at the top. If you’re planning to use these frequently, glue the knob and felt with E6000 glue.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 1-2 hours (includes drying time)
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Mason jar
Orange acrylic paint
Brown acrylic paint
Green felt sheet
Green pipe cleaner
Unfinished wooded knob
Paint brush
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
E6000 glue *optional

Pumpkin_Mason_Jar1

Things to do:
1. Paint the mason jar and lids as shown. You’ll need to paint two coats for more even coverage. Allow to dry between coats.
Pumpkin_Mason_Jar2
2. Twirl a pipe cleaner around the knob. To make a coil, wrap the pipe cleaner around your finger.
Pumpkin_Mason_Jar3
3. Cut a leaf from the felt. Glue the leaf and knob to the top of the lid, using either hot glue (if this is just decor) or E6000 if this will receive more use. If using E6000, allow to dry overnight.
Pumpkin_Mason_Jar4
Pumpkin_Mason_Jar_last

Continue Reading

DIY Pumpkin Mason Jar

DIY_Mason_Jar_Pumpkin
Fall is here and we’re celebrating the season with this festive DIY! In a few simple steps, you can upcycle a mason jar into seasonal candy storage or a fun piece of decor.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Mason jar
Orange paint
Foam brush
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Artificial leaves
Wooden knobs
Rusty wire
Wire cutters

Things to do:
1. First, paint your mason jar orange. If you’re using acrylic paint instead of glass paint, apply a thick coat. If you try to add a second layer, the paint will peel up.
DIY_Mason_Jar_Pumpkin2
2. Use hot glue to attach an artificial leaf to the center of your mason jar lid.
DIY_Mason_Jar_Pumpkin3
DIY_Mason_Jar_Pumpkin4
3. Use hot glue to attach your wooden knob to the lid. Place it directly in the center, so it covers the seam where your leaf is glued to the lid.
DIY_Mason_Jar_Pumpkin5
4. Cut a 10-inch piece of wire and wrap it around your wooden knob. Wrap the tails of wire around a pair of pliers to curl them.
DIY_Mason_Jar_Pumpkin6
DIY_Mason_Jar_Pumpkin7

Continue Reading
1 2 3 20