3 fun crafts using fallen leaves - HMS National, Inc.

3 fun crafts using fallen leaves

September 29, 2014

When you're raking your yard this fall, chances are you'll find a few perfectly colored leaves that are just too pretty to throw away. If you collect those lovely specimens, you can easily turn them into a festive autumn decoration. Here are three fun crafts with leaves that you can do by yourself or with your kids.

1. Mason-jar votive
You can use brilliantly colored leaves to make a great candle holder for your table or counter. All you'll need is a mason jar, eight medium-sized leaves, Mod Podge and some twine. Paint the Mod Podge onto the sides of the jar and then stick on the leaves. You can arrange them however you'd like, overlapping or not. Feel free to use more or less to suit your tastes. When you're satisfied with the arrangement, paint another coat of Mod Podge over the whole jar. Finally, tie a piece of twine around the top and place a tea light inside. When lit, the votive will give off a warm glow.

2. Greeting cards
This craft works best with leaves that aren't crunchy yet. You'll want to choose recently fallen leaves that still have moisture in them. To start, you'll need a blank white card, a hammer, a few paper towels and your leaves. Play around with the leaves to create a fun arrangement on the front of the card. When you've created a design, lay the leaves flat on top of the card and cover with a paper towel. Use the hammer to gently hit the leaves. This will transfer the moisture and pigments onto the paper. These fun cards make perfect party invitations or thank-you notes.

3. Decorative bowl
For this activity, you'll need a 9-inch balloon, a medium-sized bowl, colorful leaves and some Mod Podge. Blow up your balloon and place it in the bowl for stability. Place leaves on top of the balloon and use Mod Podge to glue them in place. Create several layers of leaves over the balloon's crown. Be liberal with the Mod Podge - you want to create a nice, thick layer. Let the leaves dry and then pop the balloon. You'll be left with a great decorative bowl! You'll probably want to coat the inside with a layer of Mod Podge too. Use the bowl to store candy and keep your keys throughout autumn.

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