Autumn craft ideas!

Hi! Today I am going to be telling you how to make some crafty things (Autumn edition). I hope you like this article and hopefully you might try some of these things. Enjoy!

1.  Yarn pumpkins

Yarn pumpkins are pretty simple to make. They are an easy way to make your house more festive during the fall.

What you will need:

  • Jumbo yarn (orange)
  • glue
  • bag of balloons
  • 1 brown pipe cleaner and 1 green pipe cleaner

First, start by blowing up your balloons so they are about half full. Remember the bigger the balloon the more yarn you will need.

Next, cut out 21 pieces of yarn about 36 inches long. Tie one of the pieces of yarn to the end of your balloon. Hang the balloon from a handle so that it is easier than trying to manipulate the balloon when it is lying on a flat surface.

Now, let’s talk about glue. Pour the glue into a small bowl. It takes one full 2 ounce bottle of glue to make one yarn pumpkin.

Dunk one of the pieces of yarn into the bowl of glue and start to swirl it with a plastic fork. Make sure it is completely covered in glue.

Hold the end of the piece of yarn with your fingers, then gently run it between the tines of a fork to remove the remaining glue.

Take the glue covered yarn strand and press the end down somewhere and wind it around the balloon, making sure the press down the ends of the yarn to secure them when they’re in place.

Repeat with the remaining pieces of yarn. When you’re done, find somewhere to hang the yarn covered balloons to dry.

Make a very small hole in the balloon close to where the knot is (it won’t pop if you cut it near the knot). You want the air to leak slowly so you can detach any yarn that you might have missed as it shrinks.  Then pull the deflated balloon out through one of the openings in the yarn.

Make the pipe cleaner stem and vine by wrapping the pipe cleaners around your baby finger. Then took it into the pumpkin. DO NOT GLUE IT! Sooner or later, you should have your very own yarn pumpkin. They are so adorable and tie in with a lovely Autumn theme.

2. Autumn leaf bowls

This leaf bowl is a fantastic fall decoration and they can also be used for sweet bowls, a cover for a bowl or just for decoration.

What you will need:

1 balloon
•Your choice of leaves
•A bowl to hold your balloon in place
•Paint brush
•glue
•Scissors

The first thing that you need to do is cut the stems off your leaves. Using scissors cut to the edge of the leaves and throw the stems away.

Next step is to blow your balloon to the size you would like your bowl.

Tie your balloon and place it firmly into your bowl to hold the balloon steady.

Now start to glue on all of your leaves in the place that you are starting. I recommend starting at the top and working your way down.

When you’re finished layering your leaves set aside to dry. Let dry until it is completely hardened.

After your bowl is completely dry it is time to deflate your balloon. Cut a small hole in the tab of the balloon and slowly release the air out. Do not be alarmed if your bowl shrinks during the deflation, it will return to size.

At this point, your bowl should be completed and looking lovely.

 

3. Fall leaves sugar cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of butter (softened)
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons of milk
  • 1 and a half almond extract
  • 2 and a half cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • red, orange and yellow food colouring
  • Coarse white,orange and/or yellow decorator sugars

Combine butter and sugar in bowl; beat at medium speed until creamy. Add egg, milk and almond extract; continue beating until well mixed. Add flour and baking powder; beat at low speed until well mixed.

Divide dough into thirds; place each portion into separate bowls. Add very small amount of red gel food color to 1 portion; mix well. Add additional red gel for desired color, if necessary. Repeat with remaining dough portions and gel food colours.

Shape each dough into a ball. Wrap each in plastic food wrap and then refrigerate it for 2-3 hours or until firm. Whilst doing this heat oven to 400°F.

Working with half of each dough color (keeping remaining dough refrigerated), drop a tablespoon-size pieces of dough from each color onto well-floured surface in random pattern with dough pieces touching. Roll out dough to 1/4- to 1/8-inch thickness, forming marbled design. Cut with leaf-shaped cookie cutters.

Place cookies apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Sprinkle with decorator sugar. Bake 7-9 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet and then remove to cooling rack.

Your tasty treats are ready to be gobbled down!

 

1 Comment on "Autumn craft ideas!"

  1. J McGuinness | Nov 16, 2017 at 7:55 pm | Reply

    Some wonderful ideas. The cookies look delicious.

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