Monday, October 25, 2010

Autumn Paper Crafts

Among the variety of hues produced by the autumn chill are the soft pastels of coral pink, pale yellow and sage green. Make Mine Pink hosted a pink autumn sale in October, to celebrate the pinks of the season. By looking closely at my own back yard I found a huge array of shades ranging from burgundy to chartreuse, which made me want to make simple things for the table, to imitate the glorious nature displayed in this lovely, brisk weather. Below are some samples, instructions and a pattern you can use for children to decorate your fall table.

This craft was made using textured card stock and polymer paints, which cost about a dollar each at JoAn Fabrics, and a little less at the craft section of Wal-Mart.  Glue the pattern on to a heavier paper or cardboard from cereal box or any cast-off box you have that can be cut with ordinary scissors.

Lay the pattern on your cardstock or paper and trace around it with pencil. Attach stands to anything you want to use as a stand-up item, as you see above.

Outline the edges and the little veins with your choice of glitter glue or glitter paint. You can make them to match your dinnerware, or just put them in a bowl as a centerpiece.

With the paint I use, shown in those bottles in a previous photo, it has to be allowed to dry for at least an hour before handling the leaves, but you can find paints for paper at scrapbook stores, which dries more quickly. Another technique that can be used, is to draw your outline with the tip of liquid paste, such as white school glue, and sprinkle glitter on it, being sure to allow a good drying period before using the craft.

Here is a pattern for you. Its copyright free. You can use it to make things for yourself, to sell, or to give away and put your own name on it.

This one has a stand-up piece on the back and  is made with white cardstock, outlined in platinum-gold paint (Polymer or Scribbles are two brands that work), and then painted with white glue, on which is sprinkled a flaky glitter called mica or snow.

A few autumn leaves from my back yard.

Use the patterns for cards, also.

An old craft here: take a a leaf and put it on a paper, then place a blank piece of white paper on top. Color over the leaves with crayons, pressing down with the crayon enough to bring out the edges and veins of the leaves.

They can then be cut out and used for a fall banner by joining them together, or used for tags, place cards, envelope inserts, large confetti on banquet tables, or anything you like. Attach a circle of paper behind each one, and make napkin rings.

There is a very nice paper bag pumpkin tutorial here.

Before my friend in Canada, Candy, closed her blog, she showed pictures of this cute plastic bag that you can carry in your purse. It is a bag inside a smaller drawstring bag that has a sparkled white rose on one end.

When you are finished with the bag, you can put it back inside the smaller rose bag and put it in your purse. We do not have these here in the States, but I sure would like it if they could be purchased here. The brand is called Niftii, and it comes in other colours.

This is one of those empty spools from wired ribbon from the dollar store. Using batting or some kind of stuffing, it can be made into a country pumpkin.

Cut a square of fabric, and as an option, place a square of batting inside it, and tuck the corners into the hole of the spool, til it looks like this:

I've used some pearlized dots of Scribbles fabric paint on this fleece pumpkin that I made earlier.

Someone phoned me recently and told me about a physician she knew who would also recommend to his patients that they try to make something and include creativity in their lives daily. He believed that it helped settle the mind and contribute to healing in some ways.

Creativity also gives you a visible results, as your efforts produce things you can own, that  you did not have before. When the hands are at work, the mind is engaged in a special way that produces even more ideas and creativity. Children brought up knowing how to make things will be resourceful adults. When you create something you control your results and you banish discontent. It is better to create something beautiful than to complain about the dark days and bad news.

Someone mailed me a piece of that nice fabric from Wal-Mart that I was using in the beginner's sewing projects, and I wanted to see what one of these style of pumpkins would look like in a print.
The leaves are calico cut into a shape and outlined with more of that glitter-glue in platinum.

Finally, here is one made from a stretch chenille type fabric, decorated with embossed leaves made with the glitter-glue, and wired ribbon for vines.
The fabric on the pumpkin is a wonderful golden butternut with a pretty chenille print on it.


Anonymous said...


May I suggest a post or two for Southern Hemisphere readers?

It is late Spring here, going into Summer.

Lydia said...

I would be glad to do that. I'm really not ready for summer to go, and am not finished with spring yet!

Anonymous said...

Lady Lydia,
You are one creative gal. I like reading your creative posts.
L. Rose

Anonymous said...

I agree about being creative. God made us in His image. Much of His image is that of a Creator. I think that is why it feels good to make nice meals for others, delicous pies, hearty breads and other foods in the kitchen. We were made to create!

I find that sewing is actually very soothing. It relaxes me in a way that no other art does. This may not be everyone's gifting, others may flourish in the kitchen or in creating other pieces of art.

But, I really believe we were made to create!

Anonymous said...

My parents believed that idle hands were the devil's workshop. In other words, if children were not taught to keep their hands busy at something productive, they would use them to cause trouble, or they would meddle and gossip. People that have a lot of problems need to have something creative to do.

Anonymous said...

I absolutely LOVE the paper crafts!!

Candy :)

ps..... We got snow yesterday!!!!

Anonymous said...

I just love all of these and I can't wait to do them with my almost 9 year old-she loves these type of crafts.
Thank you for continuing to post such wonderful ideas!

Anonymous said...

My 5 year old daughter, 3 year old son and I made the Pumpkin with glitter craft this week. The children enjoy making things. We used to do this sort of thing more often (especially some of your ideas over the years) but we had gotten away from doing crafts together. Thanks for the encouragement to do something together. It helps bind us together, I believe!
On another note, your friend Candy that you mentioned - is she the same one that had the "Keeping the Home" blog (myblessedhomeblogspot)? I like to look in on her blog from time to time. I guess the last time was during the summer. Last week I tried to access her blog, and it was gone. If appropriate, would you please share if she is ok or why she is no longer blogging? Thank you!
Mrs. Mason

Lydia said...

This was a different Candy, who is an Eskimo in Canada. Her blog was "My Pretty Home" or "A Home Keeping Blog" where she showed her crafts and pictures of her home decor, usually white shabby chic. I dont know if she has a blog yet.