10 FESTIVELY FALL and EASY DIY CRAFTS~Kerry

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FESTIVELY FALL~EASY DIY CRAFTS
I love crafting, but as a homeschooling, single, working mom to 4, my projects have to be simple!  So I spent the evening searching out what I consider to be very “doable” fall craft projects.  Did I mention I was looking for inexpensive too!  I hope you feel inspired to take an afternoon to be creative!
Who doesn’t remember ironing colorful fall leaves between sheets of waxed paper, trying to capture and hold their beauty?  Step it up a notch by decoupaging fresh fall leaves to Mason Jars (I use watered down, white glue for decoupaging), tie a raffia bow around the rim and set a tea light inside and voila, the essence of nature shining bright. (www.countryliving)
Another golden idea for a simple votive.  I have also taken Mason jars and done this as luminaries, to line my front walk on Thanksgiving. (www.midwestliving.com)
Use your candleholders to display small pumpkins and gourds.  A quick trip to the thrift store for a few mismatched candleholders, scary painted the color of your choice and there you have it; and elegant, yet easy centerpiece for your dining table or buffet.  To add a little sparkle, consider glittering the bottom half of your pumpkins. (www.midwest living.com

This “Gratitude Leaf Garland” from Simply Modern Mom is a project you could get the whole family in on, throughout the month of November or on Thanksgiving Day.

What a fun use of fall colored buttons… A simple way to frame a greeting card.(www.architectureartdesigns.com

Thanksgiving Napkins: Glitter Leaves and Acorns - CraftsbyAmanda.com

Using plain cloth napkins, stencil an array of glittery leaves and pinecones using glitter paint. (www.craftsbyamanda.com)

Okay, I have to admit that the idea of using a can for a craft project has never really captured my heart, until I saw this adorable front door decoration from www.craftsfrommyhearts.blogspot.com.  She has used this basic idea for a variety of seasons and reasons using 2 clean cans, ribbons of your choice glued around the cans, button embellishments, 2, 42 inch lengths of ribbon hot glued to connect the cans and silk flowers tucked into styrofoam in your cans.  Lovely!
Now I can’t stop with the cans… A clean can would make a perfect base to hot glue colored Indian corn to.  Circled with twine or raffia, makes this the perfect place to tuck fall treasures:dried or silk leaves, flowers, berries and twigs.
Love this!  An etched pumpkin surrounded by fall treasures.
Using glass votives wrapped in scrapbooking paper, you can “Give Thanks” using letter stickers.  This would look great on a mantle.
Always
~GRATITUDE is an attitude~Kerry
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