This is a 2 part project. I made a magnet and cookie/candy party favor.
Approximate Time: varied
glass flat-back marble(s)
printer or acrylic paint
photo paper - if printing design
mini vanilla wafers
peanut butter morsels
I made 2 kinds of magnets. The first is a painted design: jack-o-lantern and the second a photo design leaf pattern.
Clean glass marble with alcohol.
Paint facial features, eyes, nose, and mouth of jack-o-lantern in black.
When dry, paint accent lines in a dark orange.
When that's dry, paint the entire back with 2 coats in a lighter shade of orange.
When dry, use hot glue to affix leaf and magnet.
Photo Design Leaf Pattern
Clean glass marble with alcohol.
Print out picture or use one from a magazine or other source. I used a leaf background and added text for my event. My text was set at 7 points font for the name, Leaf Peep 2011. I used inexpensive photo paper and printed it on the back side so there wasn't too much ink. I printed out individual squares, as many as I needed or as fit on the page.
Wait until the ink is dry.
Apply white glue, and place flat side of marble on top. Let dry overnight. If back of paper is damp, turn over and let that side dry as well.
Cut excess paper off around marble.
Use hot glue to affix faux leaf (optional) and then a small magnet.
Instructions for Cookie/Candy Favor:
I assembled the "acorns" using mini vanilla wafers. They now come in fall colors...yay!
Unwrap Hershey's Kisses.
Adhere to mini vanilla wafer with a small amount of peanut butter.
Adhere a peanut butter morsel to the top with peanut butter. It should resemble an acorn.
I had cello bags on hand that I used for pretzel rods, and they were the perfect size to drop the cookie/candies in. I used a glue dot to stick the magnet on the package of cookie/candies. You could also just used folded up adhesive tape.
It was a very low cost project and I think it is going to be a really cute favor to hand out at my luncheon.
Using fall colors, and a cutout of a leaf, one can make an elegant birthday card for a friend, celebrating her birthday during the fall months.
Approximate Time: 30 minutes
the printed pattern sheet
8.2 x 5.7 inch dark orange cardboard
5.2 x 3.2 inch light yellow cardboard
left-over pieces of cardboard in three fall colors, from which you can cut 6-8 strips from each color, sized 6 x 0.4 inches I used dark orange, pumpkin yellow, and light brown strips. From one of these colors (I chose the pumpkin yellow), cut a strip sized 1.6 x 0.4 inches so that you will have a strip that will be wide enough to cover the stem of the leaf.
pair of standard scissors
Stanley knife (utility knife)
old gold acrylic paint
a light yellow sheet of paper
one matching envelope
Fold dark orange cardboard in half to create a card 4.1 x 5.7 inch ~ use the ruler to make the fold neat and smooth.
Cut out the leaf from the pattern sheet.
Place it on the light yellow cardboard and trace around the edges.
Use the Stanley knife to slit a small opening in the leaf that you have traced onto the light yellow cardboard. Then, use the pair of scissors to cut out the rest of the leaf.
Turn the light yellow cardboard around and follow the diagram to glue the strips into position across the leaf on the back of the cardboard. Start with the wider yellow pumpkin strip. You alternate between the colors. First add a yellow pumpkin strip, followed by a dark orange strip, followed by a light brown strip, followed by a yellow pumpkin strip again, etc.
Cut off any protruding pieces of paper strips.
With the old gold acrylic paint and the fine paintbrush, add some detail to the edges of the cut-out and to the edges of the light yellow cardboard.
Glue the light yellow cardboard to the front of the card, ensuring that it is an equal distance from the edges.
Cut a piece from the light yellow paper that can be glued to the inside of the card, where you can write a message.
The cover over a wooden or cardboard frame is crocheted with ribbon and buttons.
Approximate Time: 4 hours
5 by 7 cardboard or wooden frame
crochet thread in five different colors
size G hook
plastic to cover photo if one isn't provided (I use sheet protectors.)
dual temp hot glue gun
needle that will hold two strands of thread
five matching buttons
70 inches of ribbon: cut two 8 inch and two 6 inch pieces and save the rest for the edging
This is for a fall birthday present for a lady who lives in Nevada and doesn't see the fall trees anymore. It could just as easily be pastel with a baby photo, Americana with summer photo, or holiday colors with a Santa or snowman.
Start out with cardboard or wooden frame. This one is a 5X7 with a 2.5 by 4.75 inch insert. Determine the colors and the photo before you start, as inserting the photo before any hot gluing is done is essential.
I used four strands and a G hook. This pattern is for that size frame and if your frame is different, you will have to adjust.
Once you determine colors, measure the frame part you will be starting on. Some frames are wider on the top and bottom than the sides, so this pattern wouldn't work. Your frame has to be the same on top and sides.
With a "corner" color, chain 8 across and turn, making sc in each of the next 7 chains. Make 8 rows, and change to main color. Some like to break off, but you can change any way you want. Make 20 rows of the main color, then change to second corner color and make 8 more rows. This completes one side.
On the side of the second corner color, fasten on with main color, and make 12 rows. Break and fasten on third corner color, making 8 rows. Fasten on main color and make 20 rows, then finish with 8 rows of your last corner color, leaving an 8" tail to sew last main color section to first corner color.
You will have a lot of tails to work in, but if you prefer, just glue them under when you are ready to hot glue the work to the frame. Because I used ribbon to cover the color change seams, I used that seam underneath to glue the crocheted work to the frame. This ensures that your frame won't slip if one outer and inner seam should dry out over time.
Mark the frame where the seams are, glue those and carefully lay the top onto the frame. Remember to use low temp glue as the ooze factor will burn you. To be safe, wear gloves or use something to weigh down the work, like a plastic cutting board or old glass frame. Don't use too much glue or it will stick to whatever you use.
Once that is cooled, I used contrasting ribbon and covered the color change seams