Autumn is a great time for needlework, because it gives us so many wonderful materials: leaves, vegetables, fruits, flowers, acorns, cones and twigs. And how cozy a house becomes if you decorate it with a décor in yellow and crimson tones. In this material you will find 6 ideas of autumn crafts with your own hands for adults and children with step-by-step master classes and a selection of photos for inspiration.
Idea 1. Autumn Topiary
Topiary is an ornamental tree that can be used to decorate a dining table, a chimney shelf, or space at the front door. To make it, you can use natural or artificial materials, for example: leaves, berries on twigs, acorns, cones, chestnuts, flowers, dried citrus slices, as well as felt, sisal, flax and everything that your fantasy tells you. In the next slider you can see a few examples of such autumn crafts.
Next, we present you a simple master class for making autumn ornamental trees from artificial leaves and berries.
- Clay pot;
- Wooden stick or branch;
- Two spheres from polyfoam or floristic foam;
- Materials for the decoration of the crown;
- Dry moss (you can replace it with sisal);
- Glue gun and a few sticks of glue;
- Side cutters or pruner;
- Acrylic paints for painting the barrel, bowl and pot (optional).
Step 1. Cut a sharp object in a ball-based hole under the trunk depth of about a third of its diameter. Put hot glue in the hole and insert the barrel into it.
Step 2. Insert the second ball into the pot. If the ball does not sit tight enough in a pot, lay a newspaper around it. Cut a hole under the trunk 2-3 cm deep in the ball. Insert the barrel with the crown into the hole and adjust its length. Next, drop the glue into the hole in the ball, place the barrel in it and start filling the hole with glue, placing around the barrel and small pieces of paper. This is to ensure that the hot glue does not deepen the hole too much.
Step 3. Paint the pot in the desired color, if you do not like its original appearance. In this project, the pot was painted with spray paint in the shade of dark bronze from Rustoleum (sold in construction markets, for example, in Leroy Merlin).
Remember that the design of the pot should be simple and unpretentious so as not to distract attention from the crown. If necessary, paint a barrel and / or balls at this stage. It is advisable to paint the balls so that the gaps between the decorative details are invisible.
Step 4. While the paint on our workpiece dries, sort the decorative parts according to their appearance and size. If you use artificial leaves, flowers and berries with a wire base, then, cutting them off, leave “stems” about 2 cm long. This is necessary in order not only to glue the parts, but also to stick them into the ball - then they will stay safer . If the "stems" do not have a wire, then it is better to cut the parts "at the root".
Step 5. Now it’s time for the most interesting thing - the creation of the crown. First, evenly distribute and glue the largest parts to the ball, then the middle ones. Finally, fill in the gaps with small decorations.
Step 6. Well, that's all, it remains only to decorate the ball in a pot with dry moss or sisal, having previously treated it with glue.
Idea 2. Pumpkin sleeves from toilet paper
And here is another idea of autumn crafts on the theme of vegetables that can be made with children - pumpkins from toilet paper sleeves. The possibilities for decorating such crafts are endless. For example, children can use colored paper, gouache or glitter, and adults can use gold leaf, cloth or lace.
- Sleeves from toilet paper or paper towels;
- For decoration: brushes, gouache or acrylic paints, PVA glue and glitter or book pages, etc .;
- Cinnamon sticks or sprigs (to create a vegetable core);
- Sacking, felt or cardboard (to create leaves).
Step 1. Flatten a roll of toilet paper and cut into rings.
Step 2. Decorate the rings with material that you like, for example, kraft paper, scrapbooking paper, cloth, ribbons, or simply paint them with acrylic paint. You can also arrange pumpkins exactly like in this master class - with sparkles and stripes of book pages.
Method 1. Using a brush, coat the outer sides of all the rings with PVA glue, and then sprinkle glitter on them abundantly. Wait until the blanks are dry, and then cover the sequins with a second layer of PVA glue to protect them from shedding.
Method 2 Cut out thin strips of paper from the book pages and stick them to the rings with PVA glue or glue stick.
Step 3. To form your pumpkin, pass the twine thread through the rings, then tighten the two ends of it and tie the knot as shown in the photo.
Step 4. Now glue cinnamon sticks or cut twigs in the center of the pumpkin.
Step 5. Hooray, your pumpkins are almost ready, it remains only to add to them the leaves cut from burlap, felt, cardboard or any other material that is at hand.
By the same principle, you can make a pumpkin from the rings of any material.
See also the material: DIY paper flowers - 4 workshops for beginners.
Idea 3. A panel of leaves
Next, we present you the idea of crafts from autumn leaves. Since in this master class hot glue and sharp objects are not used, you can safely connect to the work of children, and especially to the collection of material.
- Wooden board or thin plywood;
- Pre-dried leaves (for instructions on how to dry leaves and flowers, read at the end of the article);
- Thin twig;
- PVA glue;
- Any heavy object as a press.
Step 1. Jigsaw a tree and polish the ends with sandpaper.
Step 2. Paint the board with the stain and leave to dry.
Step 3. Use a marker to draw a freehand maple leaf on the board using a template or stencil.
Step 4. Begin to stick pre-dried leaves (see Instruction by drying them at the end of the article) on the principle of a fan, trying to place them so that their edges coincide with the outline of the picture.At the same time, you should not glue the leaves completely, let their tops be a little free, so that the panel will acquire some volume. Place a suitable press for a minute on each piece of paper stuck on it.
Keep in mind that the leaves will not stick immediately, but after drying the glue will hold well.
Step 5. To make the contours of the pattern clearer, cut the leaves in some places. However, try to resort to such a correction as little as possible so as not to lose the beauty of the natural lines.
Step 6. Now attach a sprig to your panel in place of the stem, break off the excess and glue.
The following photo collection presents examples of at least the original autumn panels.
And finally, we propose to watch a video lesson on how to make autumn crafts in the form of a panel of leaves with a frame of acorns with your own hands.
Idea 4. Wind music from natural materials and not only.
The next project is an example of an interesting, but very simple to make crafts from natural materials and finished parts, which the child can do almost independently.
- Two or one sticks;
- Natural and factory materials for decorating threads: pine cones, flat pebbles, acorns, wooden beads, metal small candle holders (used in this project) and everything that comes handy and in line with the theme of autumn;
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks.
Step 1. Paint some elements of future wind music, if there is such a need. In this master class, the author painted the stones in bright yellow and red colors.
Step 2. While the jewelry is drying, tie the two sticks crosswise and tie the center of the cross with a string as shown in the photo below. You can also use just one long stick or, say, a hoop.
Step 3. Cut 9 cords of twine of the desired length with a small margin on the knots, so that later you will have two rows on each branch and one in the middle.
Step 4. To create a single row of wind music, take a piece of twine and start stringing beads or other parts on it, passing the ropes into the holes twice or tightly pulling them into knots. Stones should be additionally fixed with hot glue. In order not to be mistaken with the sequence, the details should be pre-expanded in the desired order. By the way, especially voiced elements should be placed opposite each other, so that their chimes in the wind could be heard better.
Step 5. Tie knots at the end of each string.
Step 6. After each thread is finished, tie them to the branches on double knots with the addition of a drop of glue.
Below are other examples of this unusual decoration made from cones, acorns and leaves.
Idea 5. Candlesticks in the form of autumn leaves from salt dough
The leaves can be used not only as a decorative or finishing material, but also at the same time as a template and a stamp to create crafts from any mass for modeling. Take note of the idea of autumn crafts with children in the form of such cute leaves of salt dough. By the way, they are not only beautiful in their own right, but can also perform a practical function, for example, they can be used to store various decorations or to put candles.
- Ingredients for mixing salt dough: ½ glasses of salt ½ glasses of water, 1 cup of flour;
- Capacity for kneading dough;
- Glass bowl;
- Rolling pin;
- Large leaves;
- Vegetable oil;
- Acrylic paints of yellow, red, orange and brown colors.
Step 1. The first thing to do is to go for a walk with the whole family and find at least two beautiful large leaves.
Step 2. Then knead the salt dough. To do this, simply mix all the ingredients and roll out the dough to about 6 mm thick (no less) so that it does not get too thick, but not too brittle.
Step 3. Lay out your leaves on the dough and walk on it with a rolling pin with light pressure.
Step 4. The next step is to cut the shape around the sheet. Use a sharp knife and, of course, take this part of the work upon yourself.
Step 5. Remove the leaves. Turn the glass bowl over and grease it with a thin layer of vegetable oil.
Step 6. Carefully lift the sheets and place them on the bowls.
Step 7. Put the dough bowls in the oven, preheated to 250 degrees and leave them to bake for 2-3 hours.
Step 8. Remove your blanks from the oven and let them cool without removing from the bowls for about 15 minutes. Then carefully lift the leaves and leave to cool completely.
Step 9. As soon as the bowl is cool, proceed to painting. To do this, pour paints of each color into cups and let the children mix them themselves and paint first the inner part of the leaves, and then the outer. Crafts made from salt dough are quite fragile, so you need to paint them carefully, without pressure. Wait until the paint is dry and, if desired, cover the bowls with a layer of PVA glue. It will give hackwork to the craftwork and make it a little stronger.
The shape of the leaves can be different.
By the way, if you do not want to mess with salty dough, then you can replace it with soft clay. Below the photo shows an example of such crafts.
See also the material: How to make a candlestick with your own hands: 70 photos, 7 ideas and workshops.
Idea 6. Felt garland
Felt, though not a natural material, crafts from it turn out the most autumn. Today we suggest you to make a simple garland of felt leaves.
- Several sheets of felt autumn colors;
- Thick thread with a needle;
Step 1. Download and print leaf patterns, then cut them out and trace outlines.
Step 2. Cut blanks.
Step 3. Sew the veins in large stitches.
Step 4. Now, maintaining an equal interval, hang the leaves on the twine. To do this, wrap the tail of each leaf around the twine and fix with glue. If you wish, you can sew the details. Wu-ala, the autumn garland of felt is ready!
According to the principles of this simple master class, you can create a variety of garlands with decorations in the form of acorns, cones, pumpkins, etc. In the following selection of photos are some examples of felt autumn garlands.
See also the material: How to make a garland with your own hands.
How to dry leaves and flowers
Method 1. This method is suitable if you want create a panel, applications or other non-volumetric crafts. Spread the sheets or flowers between the pages of the book at a distance of about 3 mm from each other and every day transfer them to other pages (also keeping an interval of 3 mm). During the week, the paper absorbs all the moisture from the plants, and you can use them for creativity.
Method 2 If your craft does not imply the use of flat leaves, then you can dry them by simply bundling and hanging upside down in a dry, but ventilated room. At the same time, keep in mind that the leaves will completely lose their color from the sun's rays, and will remain in the shade.
Method 3. This method is suitable for drying and preserving the color of the leaves and cornflowers. Fresh, freshly picked leaves / cornflowers blot with a napkin if they are wet. Place each sheet between two layers of wax paper and a paper towel on top of the resulting sandwich. Preheat the iron and make sure that the steam mode is turned off. Iron iron on a paper towel for 2-5 minutes with pressure. Turn the “sandwich” over and iron it again through a paper towel, then carefully remove the wax paper.
- To prevent dried leaves and flowers from breaking, they should be dipped in a solution of water and PVA glue, diluted 4: 1, and then left to dry.
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