Autumn Wreath

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Fall is a favorite time of year, with leaves falling and friends stopping by for cider. This bright, cheery fall wreath will welcome guests to your home.

Materials

  • Paper: Core’dinations Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection, Imaginisce Bushel o’ Fall Collection
  • Imaginisce Bushel o’ Fall Collection Bling and Die Cuts
  • Thin cardboard
  • Paper doily, 6” diameter
  • Raffia
  • Burlap (for hanger

Tools

  • Xyron 9” Creative Station
  • Xyron Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit
  • Xyron Teresa Collins Stapler
  • Provo Craft Cricut Cuttlebug and Polka Dot Page Embossing Folder
  • Imaginisce i-bond Glue Gun Tool and glue sticks

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, ruler, sandpaper, scissors

Directions

Size

16” diameter

Autumn Wreath

1. Cut 5”x5” patterned paper square. Roll into cone shape; adhere with Xyron Teresa Collins Stapler or hot glue gun. Repeat to make 15 additional cones from assorted patterned papers.

2. Cut 5”x5”cardstock square. Emboss using Cuttlebug. Lightly sand raised pattern, then roll into cone shape. Adhere with Xyron Teresa Collins Stapler or hot glue gun. Repeat to make 5 additional embossed cones from assorted cardstock.

3. Cut 5”x5” cardboard square; run through Xyron 9” Creative Station. (Note: This is a great way to recycle a cereal box, etc.) Leaving center open area smaller than doily, dry fit cones around cardboard in desired pattern. When desired placement of cones is achieved, firmly press cones to cardboard to adhere in place. (Note: More cones can be created and added to fill in gaps if necessary.)

4. Fold raffia on itself several times; trim and nestle between cones. Secure with hot glue gun.

5. Using doily as reference, cut patterned paper circle smaller than doily; adhere to center of doily with tape runner from Xyron Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit. Stack several layers of adhesive foam squares from Xyron Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit in open center of wreath. Adhere doily to foam squares.

6. Embellish doily with die cuts and gems; adhere with foam tape from Xyron Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit.

7. To create hanger, cut strip of burlap to desired length; tie into bow. Adhere burlap to cardboard back.

Tip

  • Rolling papers into cones is a simple task when you use a Xyron Teresa Collins Stapler.

by Cari Locken for Xyron, Inc. (www.xyron.com)

Scarecrow Hot Cocoa Jar

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Fill this whimsical scarecrow jar with hot cocoa or apple cider mix as a great autumn gift for a teacher or friend.

Materials

  • Recycled quart jar with lid
  • White cardstock
  • Men’s socks: brown, white
  • Felt scraps: light orange, red, white, purple, brown, green
  • Brown burlap, 6” circle
  • Buttons: two each, yellow, black, orange; one each, purple, green, brown, red
  • Black rickrack, 5” length
  • Orange polka dot ribbon, 18” length
  • Embroidery floss: black, white
  • Polyester stuffing

Tools

  • Embroidery needle
  • Hole punch, 1/4”
  • Pinking shears
  • Bright yellow fabric spray paint
  • Aleene’s Quick Dry Tacky Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, black marker, newspaper or plastic tablecloth (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Measure and cut 4-1/2” section from straight area on white sock. On covered work surface, spray sock bright yellow. Let dry. Position yellow sock around jar.

STEP 2

To create hat brim, cut out circle slightly smaller than jar lid in center of 6” burlap circle; set center cutout aside for future project. Apply glue to jar lid sides. Position hat brim over jar lid and pull down over edge to adhere to sides; let dry.

STEP 3

For hat, cut 5” section from straight area of brown sock. Wrap orange ribbon around one end of brown sock and tie into bow as shown. Lightly stuff hat with polyester stuffing. Roll bottom edge of hat and adhere around jar lid, covering burlap edge.

STEP 4

Using pinking shears, cut the following from felt: 1-1/2” triangle (nose) from red, two 1-1/2” circles (cheeks) from orange, two 1” circles (eyes) from white, and one 1” squares (patches) each from purple, green, and brown.

STEP 5

(Note: Use three strands white floss to sew buttons onto felt pieces; tie knot on front of buttons.) Sew coordinating-color buttons onto patches. For mouth, adhere ends of rickrack length onto centers of cheeks. Sew orange buttons over rickrack ends. For eyes, sew yellow and black buttons to white circles as shown. For nose, sew red button onto center of triangle.

STEP 6

Adhere patches onto hat. Adhere eyes, cheeks, mouth, and nose onto yellow sock on jar.

STEP 7

For tag, use marker to write “Happy Fall” on paper. Trim cardstock into tag shape around words; punch 1/4” hole in tag as shown. Insert six strands black floss through hole and orange bow; knot ends.

by Mary Ayres

Happy Harvest Centerpiece

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

If you love watching the colorful autumn leaves drift gently to the ground, get ready for the change of season with an easy, new fall centerpiece.

Materials

  • Large foam pumpkin
  • Doodlebug Design Happy Harvest Collection 12”x12” Paper Pack
  • Doodlebug Design Happy Harvest Collection Doodle Seals Cardstock Stickers
  • Doodlebug Design Happy Harvest Collection Doodads Pins
  • Bamboo skewers, six
  • Brown/white dotted grosgrain ribbon, 1” wide
  • Brown fabric strip, 1” wide

Tools

  • Xyron *NEW* 3” Sticker Maker
  • Xyron 1/2” Double-Sided High Tack Tape
  • Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots
  • EK Success Punches: Circle, 1-1/2”; Scallop Circle, 2”
  • Scallop-edge scissors

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

Size

20″ tall

Happy Harvest Centerpiece

1. Punch one scallop circle and two circles for each of the seven rosettes (“lollies”) from various patterned papers.

2. For each lolly, use scallop-edge scissors to cut two 2”x12” strips from a single patterned paper. (Note: You will need a total of 14 strips for seven lollies; cut strips for each lolly from a different paper.)

3. Accordion-fold strips along “valleys” naturally created by scallops.

4. For each lolly, adhere two matching accordion-folded strips to one another along 2” edge with Xyron 1/2” Double-Sided High Tack Tape. Bring ends together to form a circle and connect them using Xyron 1/2” Double-Sided High Tack Tape.

5. Gather and gently press accordion-folded circle flat to create lolly. Adhere lolly with three Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots to center of one punched circle for back of lolly. Adhere scallop circle to center front of lolly using three Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots. Using Xyron 1/2” High Tack Tape, adhere remaining circle to center of scallop circle. Repeat to create six more lollies.

6. Adhere Doodads pins to centers of six lolly fronts using three Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots. Embellish front of seventh lolly with turkey sticker; set lolly aside.

7. On back side of six remaining lollies, use three Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots to adhere blunt end of bamboo skewer to center of circle. Punch six additional circles from patterned papers and run through Xyron 3” Sticker Maker; cover skewer on lolly back with sticker.

8. Tie length of ribbon in knot around each bamboo skewer.

9. Randomly poke pointed ends of bamboo skewers into foam pumpkin top as shown in photo.

10. Run 1” fabric strip through Xyron 3” Sticker Maker and wrap around center of pumpkin.

11. Use extra fabric to make bow; adhere over fabric strip at center front of pumpkin using three Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots.

12. Adhere turkey lolly to top of bow using three Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots.

Tip

  • You may also use the Xyron Double-Sided High Tack Tape to adhere fabric to the pumpkin for a strong hold.

by Ann Corbiere-Scott for Xyron, Inc. (www.xyron.com)

Fall Candy Jar / Table Décor

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

If you’re someone who smiles when the Halloween candy appears in the stores, you’ll love creating this cute-and-easy candy jar to hold your favorite treats. The only problem you may have is numerous trips back to the store to replenish the candy!

Materials

  • Quart-size Mason jar
  • Craft felt: orange, light green, purple, black
  • May Arts Ribbons, 1-1/2” wide: Rust/Black Iridescent (405-15-36), Wired Faux Burlap (445-15-32)
  • Small white buttons
  • Treats of choice

Tools

  • Xyron Creatopia with Fabric Adhesive
  • Xyron 1.5″ Sticker Maker
  • Xyron 3” Sticker Maker
  • Xyron 3/8″ High Tack Adhesive Dots
  • Xyron 1/4″ Double-Sided High Tack Tape
  • Provo Craft Cricut Cuttlebug Die-Cutting System
  • Sizzix Dies: Bigz Branch with Leaves & Flower, Bigz Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Florals, Sizzlits Vintage Lace

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

STEP 1

Using 3” Xyron Sticker Maker, apply adhesive to Rust/Black ribbon and attach around the center of jar.

STEP 2

Die cut Vintage Lace border from black felt; run through the Xyron 1.5” Sticker Maker. Adhere border around jar along center of Rust/Black ribbon.

STEP 3

Run purple, orange, and light green felt sheets through Xyron Creatopia with Fabric Adhesive Cartridge; die cut vines from light green felt and flowers from purple and orange felt. Peel off paper backing and apply to jar over ribbon as shown. Using Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots, apply buttons to centers of flowers.

STEP 4

Wrap burlap ribbon around top of jar; tie into bow. Adhere bow to jar using Xyron 1/4″ Double-Sided High Tack Tape.

STEP 5

Fill jar with your favorite seasonal treat!

Tip

  • Die cut additional flowers from leftover, adhesive-backed felt and store them for future projects; just don’t remove the backing paper until ready to use.

by Gini Williams Cagle for Xyron, Inc. (www.xyron.com)

Fall & Halloween Floral Décor

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Use Xyron adhesives to transform a plain papier-mâché box into seasonal décor that works not only for beautiful autumn days, but also for spooktacular Halloween night!

Materials

  • Papier-mâché box, 5”x5”x5-1/2”
  • Floral foam, 2”x4”x4”
  • Silk flower bunches: autumn mums/sunflowers, black roses
  • Orange berry stem
  • Halloween-themed 6”x6” paper pad
  • Coordinating Halloween-themed cardstock title
  • Orange glitter cardstock
  • Assorted metal mini gears, five
  • Black zipper rose with jeweled center, 2-3/4”
  • Black felt trim, 1/2” wide

Tools

  • Xyron Double-Sided High Tack Tape, 1/2”
  • Xyron High Tack Adhesive Dots: 3/16”, 3/8”
  • Xyron Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit
  • Die-cutting system and jumbo flourish die

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, glue gun and sticks, wire cutters

Directions

Size

5”x5”x13”

STEP 1

Use glue gun to adhere floral foam into bottom of box.

STEP 2

Cut four 5”x5-1/2” sheet music paper panels to cover box sides.

STEP 3

Apply four strips of Xyron 1/2” Double-Sided High Tack Tape to each face of box along edges. Remove liners from first side of box and press paper panel to surface. Repeat to cover all sides.

STEP 4

Cut four 5”x1” damask paper strips. Adhere strips around sides of box, very slightly above center, using Xyron 1/2” Double-Sided High Tack Tape.

STEP 5

Apply continuous line of Xyron 1/4” Double-Sided High Tack Tape from Xyron Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit around top edge of box. Press felt trim firmly to tape while wrapping box; trim ends to just meet.

STEP 6

For autumn side of box, cut four 1” squares from orange text paper. Using Xyron 3/16” High Tack Adhesive Dots, adhere mini gears to squares as shown. Adhere gear squares to damask strip using Foam Squares from Xyron Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit.

STEP 7

For Halloween side of box, die cut flourish from orange glitter cardstock; adhere to box as shown using Xyron 3/16” High Tack Adhesive Dots. Mat cardstock title on orange glitter cardstock; adhere layers together using Xyron 1/2” Double-Sided High Tack Tape. Adhere title to box using Foam Squares from Xyron Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit. Adhere zipper rose to box using several Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots. (Note: If weight of rose pulls it away from box, reattach rose using glue gun.)

STEP 8

To display autumn side of box, insert mums into foam. To display Halloween side of box, remove mums and insert berry stem and black roses. Check fit; trim stem ends of floral bunches as needed using wire cutters before inserting back into foam.

Tip

  • Unlike other double-sided liner tapes, Xyron Double-Sided High Tack Tape can be torn by hand and quickly applied to a variety of surfaces, saving you time.

by Xyron, Inc. (www.xyron.com)

Autumn Hues

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Brisk winds and falling leaves are sure signs that harvest is near. Stitch this autumn-inspired design to update your fall décor.

Materials

  • Wichelt Imports Chai Tea 28-count Jobelan, 12” x 16”
  • DMC 6-strand Embroidery Floss
  • Just Another Button Company Buttons (2212L, 2247S, 2275T)

Tools

  • Embroidery needle

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch:  As indicated in key
  • Cross-stitch:  1 strand each color

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size / Stitch Count

Approximate finished size: 5-3/4”x9-1/2”; Stitch count: 58 w X 95 h

STEP 1

Print cross-stitch chart and key. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.)

STEP 2

Stitch design centered on fabric over two threads.

STEP 3

Finish as desired.

by Jackie Hendricks

Seasonal Decorating Success is Guaranteed!

I have a long history of good intentions followed up by last minute rushes to get things done. I love to send handmade Christmas cards, but a week before international Christmas mail closes is not the time to be making them. I also love to decorate the table for holidays but that too needs to not only be planned in advance but also executed in advance. So this year I’m combining intention with execution and getting started early.

My table project for the holidays is autumn-themed and I’ve chosen oak leaves and acorns. The oak is a wonderful tree – it looks great all year round. In California, where I live, we have them in abundance and each year I watch as they sprout small green shoots of leaves that quickly turn into wonderful canopies of the deepest green. In autumn, they turn a wonderful gold and litter the ground with acorns that get scooped up by bouncy squirrels.

This year’s holiday decorations are oak leaves and acorns fashioned into table decorations and napkin rings made from AMACO Cloud Clay. Cloud Clay is an air-dry clay that is soft to work with, it stretches easily, and it dries to a light and flexible finish that feels just a teeny bit like suede. For this project you’ll need browns and yellows, so I’d grab a 4 oz. pack of Terra Cotta or Brown, one of White and one Yellow or Orange. You will also need an oak leaf cookie cutter – or some other leaf shape cutter. While you can cut the leaves by hand, cookie cutters make the project go a bit smoother. Add an acrylic roller, thin knitting needle, and a non-stick work surface and you’re done.

Start by pinching off an egg-size piece of clay and pull and fold it until it is nice and pliable. If you like, you can mix bits of various colors of clay to get custom colors – the colors mix very quickly so you can easily get a range of autumn golds and browns.

Roll the clay to around 1/8 -1/4″ thickness and press out the shapes with the cutter. Use the knitting needle to press veins into the leaves. Bend the leaves along the middle vein and curve the ends. Set the leaves aside to dry a little.

Make the acorns from small teardrop shapes of clay and add caps made from a second color of clay. Use the pointy end of the knitting needle to texture the acorn caps.

Assemble the leaves and acorns into groups – two leaves and two acorns. If the clay is still a bit wet, the pieces will stick together easily. If not, dampen them slightly and adhere.

Napkin rings are easily made from a small snake of clay flattened slightly and twisted around to make a circle. Press the ends together to seal. You can then add a leaf and acorn combination to each napkin ring.

Plan for a napkin ring for each guest and a few extra leaf and acorn combinations to scatter around the table. Cloud Clay items are extremely durable, so at the end of the holidays, pack them up carefully and they’ll be ready for the next year’s festivities.

by Helen Bradley (www.craftinggoodness.com)

As Autumn Winds Down

Depending on where you live, if you don’t have a lot of wind in autumn, you may still have some leaves on your trees. In Northern California where I am, there are still trees laden with golden leaves. However, if your leaves are all gone but you’re still in a fall mood, why not make some fall leaves and decorate with them? I designed this fun fall-themed photo holder as a way to bring all the color of fall inside where it is warm and cozy.

This is an easy fall craft project to make. I used unfinished wooden photo holders and AMACO Cloud Clay for the leaves. Cloud Clay is an air-dry clay so it’s easy to use for kids and adults and it can take quite a bit of detail as you can see in my Gingko leaves. If you don’t have a leaf mold in your stash, you can cut leaf shapes from Cloud Clay using regular scissors once it has dried a bit or you can use a cookie cutter. Cloud Clay colors can be mixed so you can get the colors of your choice – it’s a great medium to use for a range of fun crafts.

Here’s how to make this Fall photo stand :

materials

  • DecoArt Finish It Jumbo Paper Clip Photo Holders
  • AMACO Cloud Clay: Orange, White

tools

  • Acrylic roller (optional)
  • Leaf mold or leaf shape cookie cutter (optional)
  • Gesso
  • Acrylic paint: terra cotta, white
  • Glaze medium
  • White craft glue

basic supplies

scissors, paper towel, paintbrush

directions

Step 1

Paint the photo holders with a coat of gesso and set aside till dry.

Step 2

Paint the photo holders with two coats of terra cotta paint and set aside to dry.

Step 3

Make the leaves by mixing some Orange and White clay to get the color you want. I went for a golden color which matches the colors of the Gingko leaves. Knead the clay until it is soft and pliable. Pinch off enough Cloud Clay to fill your mold and then press the Cloud Clay into the mold to fill it. Release the Cloud Clay from the mold and set it aside to dry. You will need one leaf for each side of each photo holder.If you’re not using a mold, roll the clay to make a 3/8″ sheet and cut your leaf shapes from it using a cookie cutter. Alternately, wait until the clay is dry to the touch and cut leaf shapes from it using sharp scissors.

Step 4

Mix the white paint into some glaze medium and paint the photo holder with the white glaze. Immediately wipe the paint off with a paper towel.

Step 5

When the glaze layer is dry and your Gingko leaves are dry, adhere to the photo holders using Elmer’s white glue.

Step 6

Print some favorite fall photos and place in the photo holders. Sit back with a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy your personalized photo holder, perhaps contemplating other fun crafts to make this holiday season.

Check back over the next few days as we share more fun crafts for you to make and enjoy.

by Helen Bradley (www.craftinggoodness.com)

Vintage Button Wire Napkin Rings

The cool, crisp touches of autumn have begun creeping into the air over the last few weeks and I realize it’s that time of year where I need to start making plans for my annual Thanksgiving crafts and ideas. It’s time to start thinking about which fall crafts I will do for my home, which I will do with my children, which I will do with a group of friends. Is this the year I will finally plan some actual Thanksgiving Day crafts…and if so, which easy Thanksgiving craft can I come up with to keep the kids busy while I baste the turkey, brown the bread, and bake the pies?

Well, this year I thought I was well ahead of schedule because I had decided to make some beautiful wire napkin rings as part of my holiday table décor. Sometimes just taking the time to make ONE new item to grace the holiday table is more important that cramming too much into this already busy holiday time. Today, I would like to share with you my idea that could easily be included in your handmade holiday Thanksgiving ideas list. With just the basic jewelry tools and a few great supplies, you too can add a touch of the unique to your holiday décor with this quick and easy Thanksgiving craft!

Vintage Button Wire Napkin Ring

size: approx. 1-1/2” diameter

Whether using true vintage buttons with family memories attached or fabulous replicas like those shown here, these gorgeous napkin rings will lend a touch of nostalgia and charm to any tablescape.

Materials

  • Pure copper wire, 14-gauge,  12” length (for each ring)
  • Beadalon Gunmetal Artistic Wire, 20-gauge
  • Buttons Galore & More Gold Vintage Button with Shank Back
  • Connie Crystal Round Bead, 6mm, two (for each ring)

Tools

  • Heavy-duty wire cutters
  • Beadalon: Wire Snips, Round-Nose Pliers, Chain-Nose Pliers
  • Midas Black/Brown Patina
  • Wooden dowel, 1-1/2” diameter (or mandrel)
  • Hot glue gun and sticks

Basic Supplies

ruler

Directions

1. Cut 12” length of copper wire. Wrap around around wooden dowel three times. Remove from dowel and dip wire into diluted Black/Brown Patina following manufacturer’s instructions. Let dry.

2. Once wire ring is fully dried, thread gold vintage button onto center of middle wrap. Use hot glue to attach button to ring.

3. Use round-nose pliers to turn ends of wire into small curls at each end.

4. Use wire snips to cut  two 3” lengths of Gunmetal wire. Thread one round crystal onto center of wire. Wrap one end of wire just below top curl at end of wire ring. Wrap three times above and three times below crystal; use wire snips to trim ends. Use chain-nose pliers to press ends of wire against wire ring. Repeat with second length of wire on opposite end of napkin ring.

5. Repeat Steps 1-4 for each additional napkin ring needed.

Keri Lee Sereika (www.pinklemonade.typepad.com)

 

Simple Autumn Napkin Rings

Just like that, the shorter days of autumn are on us. Cooler, crisper days often kick up our creativity, but the demands of life such as school and work leave us with little time to create. If you have been searching for simple fall crafts to make, consider creating these miniature wreaths to adorn your fall table.

With just a few supplies, you will be creating these fall crafts that are as simple as they are fun. You might want to make one for the fall celebration hostess or even your neighbors and friends. They will be delighted to receive these fun fall crafts perfect for autumn decorating.

Gather some unfinished wood pieces such as wood rings, beveled napkin rings, and small ovals. Paint them brown, adding a coat of white to the small ovals when they are dry.

Choose a die cut that is leaf shaped or contains leaf-shaped elements such as this flower layer die by Sizzix. Cut several leaves from various fall colors of wool felt.

Adhere them around the wood ring to resemble a tiny wreath.

 

To add a fun touch to this simple fall craft, apply a rub-on sentiment on the white oval.

Adhere the oval to the center of the wreath.

Adhere the napkin ring to the wood ring to complete this colorful, festive craft!

Melony Bradley (www.mel-designs.typepad.com)