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.
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, so you will be able to just use a dab on the apex so the button covers any bleed through, then glue them good behind the back. You can't see this very well, but the ribbon is olive green.
For the buttons, I used all matching, but a complementary color not matching any of the crochet thread. I threaded two strands of thread in, tied them in the back, snipped the excess and glued them down. You notice I mitered the angle of the button holes as if it was a frame, but you don't have to. They have fall buttons out now that are very cute, so go a little crazy if you can. Glue a ribbon on top, gluing a button to match (or not!) on top. I covered the edges of the frame, but you can back the edges with rickrack, lace, or eyelet.
This 4 strand effect is quite bulky, so anything "foo foo" might not work. It's your choice so have fun and I hope you enjoy this project.
Create some adorable pins to wear during the autumn months in less than an hour. With just a few supplies and a little stitching and gluing, you can make several to sell or give as gifts. You can also make them as magnets or to add to a wreath.
Approximate Time: 1 hr.
felt- assorted colors
artificial autumn leaves
twine for scarecrow
small amount of stuffing or cotton balls
needle and threads
Begin by making the base for the pin. Choose 2 leaves of different shades. Remove any plastic stem and veins by peeling them off. Overlap leaves (see diagram) and glue together.
Take a piece of felt slightly larger than the leaves and glue them on to this. Cut around leaves, leaving a slight border of felt showing.
Glue pin backs on when pin is completed.
Cut 2 ghosts from white felt using pattern.
If choosing to use beads for eyes, sew them onto face of one piece.
Sew bodies together and insert a tiny amount of stuffing. Continue sewing until closed.
Tie ribbon or thread around neck and a small red felt heart on to tummy.
Sew ghost on to leaves.
Embellish more, if desired (see photo).
Cut 2 pumpkin shapes from orange felt using pattern.
Cut facial features from black felt and sew onto one pumpkin piece.
Cut a piece of pipe cleaner and wrap wire tightly around one end. Fold end of pipe cleaner into loop to hold wire. Insert at top between the pumpkin pieces and stitch top closed, being sure to catch the stem and wire into your stitches to secure. Continue sewing and insert a tiny amount of stuffing.
Finish sewing until closed. Follow dotted lines on diagram and stitch through entire pumpkin for slight indentation.
Sew pumpkin on to leaves.
Wrap wires around a toothpick to curl.
Embellish more, if desired (see photo).
I used a finger of a jersey glove, but you can make a small tube from material or felt. Since my glove was dark brown, I chose to make a circle from tan felt for the face. I sewed the facial features on to this circle. I inserted my finger into the glove tip and sewed the face on to it.
The straw is made by unraveling twine. Place hat pieces on top of head, sandwiching the top of the head in between. Sew across brim, inserting twine as you go. As you sew the rest of the hat closed, scrunch up some areas and tack them along the way.
Stuff the head and tie a strip of material around the neck, tucking twine under it as you go. Tack into place to hold twine. Unravel the bottom edge of the body for a more rustic look. I had some patterned material and cut some pictures from it for the sign and sunflower.
These placemats will be perfect from September to November. The bright clean fall colors will go great with any natural centerpieces or you can find beautiful silk mums and fall leaves this time of year. I have a centerpiece I made that I bring out this time of year that is a silver apple bowl filled with mums and daisies and has a cute dollar store scarecrow stuck in the center. Even just a bowl of apples for a centerpiece would be nice. I hope you enjoy making these as much as I did. It is a very simple pattern that works up very quick and can be made by the beginner.
Time to complete 2 hours
1 skein of Super Saver ombre yarn fall colors
1 skein of Super Saver wheat colored yarn or off white
1 I crochet hook
Chain 77 First two chains count as first dc crochet, skip two chains, dc, chain, dc, skip two chains, dc chain dc repeat until end of row. Chain 3 turn.
Row 1 Dc, chain 1, dc in the center of each V across, dc in last stitch, Chain 3 and turn.
Row 2-21 Repeat row 1.
Edging: Starting at top edge slip stitch into first stitch, Chain 5, skip two chains, slip stitch, chain 5, slip stitch across, continue in pattern all round evenly spacing the chain 5 scallops along each side.
Approximate Time: 10 minutes with 1 hour drying time
foam brush (can buy at dollar store)
vase (can buy at dollar store)
leaf shapes or dried leaves (can buy at a dollar store)
clear acrylic spray
razor blade or Xact-o knife (can buy at a dollar store)
First off, grab a vase or large jar that can fit the leaves you have chosen. I went for a large mouthed, tall, skinny vase, but any jar would do as well. You will want to liberally coat your foam brush and coat the vase 1/2 of the way up with a thick layer of Mod Podge. I experimented with going all of the way up, but found that half way yielded the best results.
After you have coated the jar, begin to layer your leaves in a pattern that you like. Be sure to be careful is using paper leaves as they will tear easily. Carefully smooth them down as you place them, as to limit air bubbles.
Carefully place a layer of Mod Podge over each leaf as you place them, making sure that all surfaces of the leaves are covered.
After all of the leaves are placed and covered, allow your vase to dry. I turned mine upside down to help protect the finish.
As soon as your vase is dry, seal the leaves by spraying a clear acrylic spray all over them. Be careful to only spray the area where there are leaves. Let dry again.
Next, take your razor blade or Xact-o knife and cut along the perimeter of the leaves. The Mod Podge will come off quite easily, almost like a thin layer of dried glue on skin. Carefully peel off the excess and clean up any unwanted blemished on your glass.
Finally, grab a candle, light it and enjoy your masterpiece!
fabric (for flowers and a soft piece for the under part)
hot glue gun with hot glue
needle and thread (any color)
optional: peacock feather and glamorous button
Assemble fabric flowers:
Layered Yellow Flower
Cut 3 circles of fabric, varying in size by a few millimeters. Cut out 3 to 5 layers per flower.
With a needle and thread, sew the circles together, starting underneath the stack, thru the largest circle. Sew the layers together up-and-down thru the layer a few times, and end on the underside of the circles.
Now pinch the circles in half, and sew thru to hold the "pita" look. Repeat this process, but fold the circles in a few different ways to make a ruffle effect. End with the needle at the bottom of the flower and tie the loose thread ends together, 3 times.
Center Flower (the almost-gardenia-looking one that's bright orange with the button hot glued on later):
Cut 3 same-size, five-petal flowers out of fabric, and sew them together thru the middle a couple times, ending under the soon-to-be-flower.
Now start pinching/bunching the layers to make ruffles and sew through the layers until it looks like a flower!
You can hot glue a circle of green fabric around the bottom of the flowers to look like the green part on real flowers.
Cut 2 matching ovals out of soft fabric to use as the base.
Hot glue flowers to the soft fabric base, gluing a peacock feather underneath and/or in the flower arrangement.
Hot glue the other oval base part to the ribbon. On the other side of the ribbon, sandwiching the ribbon, hot glue the flower bunch atop the ribbon. (I hot glued the sparkly button on now.)
Wear as a corsage, bracelet, choker necklace, or ribbon headband. Other uses include: a sash/belt if you use sturdy ribbon in a long length.
I made this one for my sister's bridal shower. She's getting married in October.
First, glue the clay pot upside down onto the dinner plate, then glue the butter bowl bottom side down on to clay pot then glue saucer onto butter bowl. Spray paint the whole thing any color you want, I chose yellow. Let dry then decorate as you like with the foliage, any way you want. Put your candle in and enjoy.
I added the spider I made from pom poms and pipe cleaners for that Halloween feel, LOL.
Fall/autumn apple pail. Decorate tin pail with paper and stickers for autumn theme, fill with apples, caramels, and Popsicle sticks and give as a gift. Caramel apples are a great way to celebrate fall.
I enjoy going out into the yard with a roll of clear tape (narrow or wide) and gathering leaves that will fit the width of the tape & placing them onto the tape along whatever length I want it to be. I have even pulled up tiny flowering plants from down in the grass & used them as well as leaves & flowers root & all. When finished take it inside & top the first piece with another piece of clear tape to sandwich your leaves/plants/flowers in the middle! The ones with roots look really interesting. If you get leaves with holes that's OK - it makes "lace" ! Place your project in the window so the light will shine through it & enjoy a little outside indoors! This will last quite awhile!
I had some carpet tubing and tubes from crochet thread. With some hot glue, fabric strips, and silk flowers, I made a unique planter - of sorts!
I wrapped plaid fabric around horizontally and glued it about every 6 inches. Then, I chose four of the five colors in the plaid, and wrapped the tubes vertically. If I ever make this again, I will do them horizontally as well, as it uses half the fabric and time.
Once the tubes are all covered, I hot glued them off-center of each other for a staggered look. Then, I simply put some fall foliage and faux plants in for a nice planter for the porch. You can use fabric that matches a room inside the home and use any kind of flowers or plants you want.
This craft needs to be protected from the elements, so you'll need to find a safe place to display it. Perhaps a corner by the door, or on a shelf?
I had a lot of fun with this and hope it inspires you to make something similar.
By the way, the cords behind the planter are strung from the porch to the shed and have nothing to do with the planter. I just didn't have anywhere else to shoot it.
I would like fall craft ideas that are not for kids!
Jann from Union, OR
RE: Fall Crafts For Adults
Go outside and gather acorns. Use them in mason or ball jars to wedge candles down in for a centerpiece. (10/02/2008)
RE: Fall Crafts For Adults
Many things can be made from pine cones so why not start collecting them now and making wreaths, fire starters, miniature x-mas trees for decoration and of course, ornaments for your tree. Good luck. (10/03/2008)
I took all my leftover fabric, cut it into 2 inch strips, sewed the ends together, plated it (as in hair) then made a nice rug. I used a large needle and strong thread to sew the plates together to lay flat on the floor or the back of the couch. They are very pretty. (11/29/2008)