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The finished Fall leaf card.

As the leaves begin to put on their fall colors, crafters look for new ideas for fall crafts to decorate their homes and give as gifts. This is a guide about autumn craft ideas.


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Fall Leaves Birthday Card

Fall Leaves Birthday Card

Use a pattern of a leaf and fall colors to create a card that would be ideal for a friend celebrating her birthday during the Fall season.

Approximate Time: 20 minutes

Yield: one card


  • provided pattern of leaf
  • 8.2 x 8.2 in dark yellow cardstock
  • 7.1 x 3.1 in charcoal-colored cardstock
  • 7.1 x 3.1 in red corrugated cardstock
  • 7 x 7.6 in light yellow sugar paper
  • small pieces of light yellow, light orange, and dark orange sugar paper
  • 1 paper lace tray liner
  • 9 small yellow-colored flat-sided rhinestone beads
  • bronze-colored gilding paste
  • a sponge ~ use one that was inside a medicine bottle
  • quick drying glue
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • pattern edged scissors
  • Gingher embroidery scissors


  1. Fold the 8.2 x 8.2 inch dark yellow cardstock in half to create a card 8.2 inches x 4.1 inches.

  2. With the fold at the left, cut the front right edge with the pattern edged scissors.

  3. Center and glue the charcoal-colored cardstock to the front of the card.

  4. Fall Leaves Birthday Card
  5. Trace and cut three leaves ~ one each from the light yellow, light orange, and dark orange sugar paper.

  6. Fall Leaves Birthday Card
  7. Use the embroidery scissors to turn the red corrugated cardstock into a three-opening frame

  8. Glue the red frame in place over the charcoal-colored cardstock.

  9. Fall Leaves Birthday Card
  10. Glue the leaves in place ~ the dark orange leaf in the middle, the yellow one at the top and the light orange one at the bottom.

  11. Fall Leaves Birthday Card
  12. Cut a strip with a length of 8.2 inches from the tray liner.

  13. Use the sponge and a small bit of the gilding paste to add a vintage look to the strip cut from the tray liner, as well as to the three leaves. Allow to dry thoroughly.

  14. Fall Leaves Birthday Card
  15. Glue the strip from the tray liner to the inside of the card.

  16. Fold the 7 x 7.6 inch light yellow sugar paper in half and glue to the inside of the card to write a message.

  17. Add three yellow rhinestones to each leaf.

Fall Leaves Birthday Card

By BessieBessie [162]

Fall Party Favor

This is a 2 part project. I made a magnet and cookie/candy party favor. Favors in cellophane bags.

Approximate Time: varied


  • glass flat-back marble(s)
  • alcohol
  • printer or acrylic paint
  • photo paper - if printing design
  • white glue
  • hot glue
  • small magnets
  • faux leaves
  • Hershey's Kisses
  • mini vanilla wafers
  • peanut butter morsels
  • peanut butter


I made 2 kinds of magnets. The first is a painted design: jack-o-lantern and the second a photo design leaf pattern.


  1. Clean glass marble with alcohol.
  2. Paint facial features, eyes, nose, and mouth of jack-o-lantern in black.
  3. Marble with pumpkin face drawn on.

  4. When dry, paint accent lines in a dark orange.
  5. Bottle of orange acrylic paint and painted marble.

  6. When that's dry, paint the entire back with 2 coats in a lighter shade of orange.
  7. When dry, use hot glue to affix leaf and magnet.
  8. Magnet attached to back of magnet with leaf.

Photo Design Leaf Pattern

  1. Clean glass marble with alcohol.
  2. 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.
  3. Wait until the ink is dry.

  4. 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.
  5. Bottle of white glue and two glass marbles. One has had printout glued on.

  6. Cut excess paper off around marble.
  7. Trimming paper print to fit marble.

  8. Use hot glue to affix faux leaf (optional) and then a small magnet. Hot glue gun and leaf magnet.
Completed magnets on mat.

Instructions for Cookie/Candy Favor:

I assembled the "acorns" using mini vanilla wafers. They now come in fall colors...yay!
  1. Unwrap Hershey's Kisses.
  2. Adhere to mini vanilla wafer with a small amount of peanut butter.
  3. 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.

By Toni N. from Saylorsburg PA

Autumn Leaf Garland

An Autumn Leaf GarlandAutumn-hued folded paper leaves are linked together to create a garland.

Approximate Time: 15 minutes


  • color papers
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • craft knife


  1. Make a leaf and center leaf template from a piece of card stock.
  2. Fold 11 x 6 inch piece of paper in half crosswise. Place the leaf template on the folded edge of paper.
  3. leaf template

  4. Cut out the shape with scissors.
  5. Then place the small leaf template at the center. Cut out with a craft knife. Repeat the process with the remaining pieces of paper.
  6. orange leaves

  7. To link the first two leaves together, gently curl leaf vertically and insert it through the opening of the first folded leaf. Continue to link the remaining leaves together in the same way.
  8. various colored leaves in garland

    By Maricel from Fairfax, VA

Fall Birthday Card

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. The finished Fall leaf card.

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)
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • quick-drying glue
  • old gold acrylic paint
  • fine paintbrush
  • a light yellow sheet of paper
  • one matching envelope


  1. 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.
  2. Cut out the leaf from the pattern sheet.
  3. Quilt lines drawn on paper leaf for pattern.
  4. Place it on the light yellow cardboard and trace around the edges.
  5. Outline of leaf pattern on brown paper.
  6. 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.
  7. Stanley knife cutting center of leaf pattern. Leaf stenciled oout of paper.
  8. 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. Four images of the leaf stencil and application of glue and first colored paper strips. Four photos of colored paper strips being placed on top of quilt patten underneath the stencil. 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.
  9. Adding colored strips. Continuing to add the narrow strips. Finishing the adding of the narrow strips.
  10. Cut off any protruding pieces of paper strips.
  11. Clpseup of trimming paper edges.
  12. 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.
  13. Windowpane view of adding gold paint to the edges.
  14. Glue the light yellow cardboard to the front of the card, ensuring that it is an equal distance from the edges.
  15. Cut a piece from the light yellow paper that can be glued to the inside of the card, where you can write a message.
  16. By BessieBessie from Pretoria, Gauteng,

Craft Project: Fall Frame for Keeping or Giving

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Cardboard Frame 2

  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Fall Frame step 1

  7. 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.
  8. Fall Frame step 2

  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Once that is cooled, I used contrasting ribbon and covered the color change seams