DIY Fall Acorn Wreath

The leaves are starting to turn – Welcome fall with this acorn wreath! The natural elements are perfect for shabby chic home decor lovers and look fantastic on a front door or inside.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 1 hour
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
14-inch grapevine wreath
Acorns
1-1/2-inch burlap ribbon
1-1/2-inch plaid ribbon
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Wire
Scissors
Wire cutters

Things to do:

  1. Cut a 4″ piece of wire and tie it in a circle around the top of the wreath for hanging.
  2. Use hot glue to secure acorns to the front of the grapevine wreath until the desired coverage.
  3. Layer the plaid ribbon over the burlap ribbon and tie a large bow.
  4. Use hot glue to secure the bow to the top of the wreath.
    5. Finally, hang wreath in the desired location. Once up, determine if the ribbon tails need to be trimmed. Cut them at an angle for a detailed finish.
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Thanksgiving Pinecone Turkey Tutorial


For this tutorial I used hot glue, however if you are working with young children, you may also use Elmer’s Glue. My three year old daughter crafted along with me with Elmer’s glue, however the drying time is significantly longer with Elmer’s glue. Here is how to make your own DIY Pinecone Turkey:

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1 hour plus paint drying time.
Age range: 10+ (3+ if using kid safe glue)

Things you’ll need:
Pinecones
Googly Eyes
Orange Felt Sheets
Orange Feathers
Dark Brown Feathers

Things to do:
1. The googly eyes already have a sticky back, so you may stick them directly to the front of the pinecone. For extra security, I highly recommend placing some glue on the back of the eyes.

2. Cut a small triangle from the Orange Stiffened Felt Sheets. Place a small amount of glue to the back of the felt, then stick the orange felt piece to the front of the pinecone.

3. Place a small amount of glue on the back of the pinecone, then place a few Orange Natural Loose Turkey Feathers into the glue.

4. Continue placing on the back of the pinecone, then adding more feathers until desired amount of feathers has been reached.

5. For additional security, add a big drop of glue covering all the feathers ends. Then allow the glue to dry.

7. Place a small amount of glue on the bottom of the Dark Brown Natural Loose Goose Satinette Feathers. Then, slide the brown feathers behind the pinecone, sandwiching the brown feathers between the pinecone and the feathers.

Here is my 3 year old’s version with Elmer’s glue. We left it out to dry overnight. She decided upon more colorful feathers.

Voila! You now have your own DIY Pinecone Turkey.

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DIY Autumn Grateful Sign

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

Things you’ll need:
Stained “Grateful” Wood Word Sign
Unfinished Wood Pallet Sign
Natural Wood Sola Sunflowers
Unfinished Wood Fall Cutouts
Chestnut Brown Extra Fine Glitter
Gold Faux Pearl Beads
Brown Burlap Table Runner
Copper Glitter Artificial Maple Leaves
Old Gold Brush ‘N Leaf Exterior Metallic Paint
Burnt Umber Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint
Southwest Sunset Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint Set

Things to do:
1. Paint the Unfinished Wood Pallet sign with the Burnt Umber Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint.

2. Repeat coats of Burnt Umber Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint until desired color has been reached. I used 2 coats.

3. Paint the Grateful Wood Sign with the Old Gold Brush ‘N Leaf Metallic Paint. Be sure not to drink or eat while using this paint and wash hands thoroughly after use, as paint does contain copper. One coat of paint was sufficient.

4. Using the Southwest Sunset Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint Set, paint the Natural Wood Sola Sunflowers. Start by painting the back of the flower first. Allow paint to dry.

5. Then, paint the front the flower. Allow paint to completely dry.

6. Continue painting the flowers with the other colors in the Southwest Sunset Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint Set. I painted some with just the petals of the flower and some just the interior of the flower. Feel free to mix it up and have some fun with it.

7. With the Territorial Beige Paint from the Southwest Sunset Paint Set, paint the body of the wooden acorn with two coats of paint. Start from the top edge and paint towards the bottom. Allow paint to completely dry.


8. Start painting the top of the acorn, by starting at the edge where the paints meet. Then paint upwards towards the top, using the Old Gold ‘N Leaf Metallic Paint. Only one coat is needed. Allow to dry completely.

9. Cut the brown Burlap Table runner to the size desired to cover part of the wooden pallet sign. Fray check along the edges may also help the burlap table runner from fraying.

10. Once you have the brown burlap centered on the front, carefully flip the wooden pallet over. Place a line of hot glue down the back of the wooden pallet sign.

11. Fold the burlap table runner over the edge tightly. Gently press down and allow glue to dry. Repeat on opposite side.

12. Once the hot glue has thoroughly dried on the back, flip the wooden pallet back over. Place some glue on the back of the grateful wooden sign. Then in the center, place the grateful sign down onto the burlap. Press down tightly for about 30 seconds.


13. Place a piece of hot glue on the back of 4 copper glitter leaves, then place one leaf in each corner of the pallet.

14. Before glueing on the rest of the decor to the wooden plank, arrange everything as desired. I changed my mind a few times, before I made my final decision on the layout.

15. Once you have chosen a layout, start glueing down the pieces, by placing a small amount of hot glue on the back of each item.

16. When gluing down the faux gold pearls, make sure the two holes on each side are facing the sides, so no holes show from the front of the sign.
17. Repeat until all items are glued onto the wooden pallet.

Voila! You now have your own DIY Autumn Grateful Sign.

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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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