DIY'S FOR THE HOME – Helen Ficalora

DIY'S FOR THE HOME

Posted: Nov 18 2016

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DIY’S FOR THE HOME
 
Get the family together and do some fun Autumn crafts for your home!
 
 
DIY AUTUMN LEAF BOWLS: These are perfect for holing some yummy treats, or whatever you would like! What you’ll need: craft store leaf garland, Mod Podge (matte finish), foam brush, a balloon, scissors, and a mixing bowl. First, snip the leaves off the strand of garland. Leave approximately 1/8 inch at the base. Rip the entire plastic stem (carefully) off the faux leaves. Fill up a balloon and stick it inside a mixing bowl to keep it in place. Pour some Mod Podge in a cup and apply a thin layer on top of your balloon. Start in the middle and work your way out. Lay a leaf on top of the Mod Podge and smooth with your fingers or a foam brush. When it’s stuck in place, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge on top of that leaf. Repeat this process and cover any empty spaces with more leaves. Once a quarter of the way down your balloon, add one or two leaves to the bottom of the bowl to act as extra weight and support. Let it dry for about an hour. Once dry, pop the balloon with a pin at the end (where it’s tied) and let the air slowly come out. Now you have a leaf bowl to place somewhere in your home! Maybe let you kids decide what type of candies or décor to place in the bowl!
 
DIY OMBRE PINECONES: Add a pop of color to pinecones to decorate the home with your family! What you’ll need: pinecones, acrylic paint in three or four different shades of the same color, an angled paint brush, and an old toothbrush. Grab a toothbrush and clean off your pinecones. Use your paint brush and apple the first shade of paint on ¼ of the pinecone (starting with the darkest shade at the bottom and going lighter towards the top. Paint the next shade for another ¼ of the pinecone. Repeat this step with the rest of the shades until you reach the top. Now you can brighten up your home with these colorful pinecones and you kids will surely think they’re pretty!
 
DIY PAINTED ACORNS: Place acorns on a foil-lined cookie sheet and bake at 170 degrees for a few hours. Use acrylic craft paint and a paint brush to paint the acorns. Brush with the grain of the nut. You don’t have to remove the caps in order to paint them. If any of the caps fall off, you can use hot glue to reattach them. You can use different shades of colors like green, blue, orange, and even gold. Set the acorns aside to dry. The acorns will naturally roll back to their caps when you set them down. You can place the acorns around your house to add some beautiful Autumn décor and color.
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