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Sat, 23 Oct 2010
A Liitle look at Autumn Watch From Kaboose and Family Fun. Special thanks to Amanda

DIDDILYDEEDOT'S DREAM-LAND

Along with Kaboose and Amanda Formaro bring you two of her wonderful ideas

for making gifts from Nature in the Autumn Time.

An Acorn Frame

Ideal for making an autumn frame
for that birthday gift

Difficulty: Very Easy  -  Age: 5 and up

Acorns are a sure sign of autumn. Gather the kids together to make this adorable frame to hold one of your family's favorite fall snapshots.

Fall is full of fun for the kids. Try out more of our fall crafts, as well as some of our great fall recipes and printable activities.

What you'll need:

  • Acorn tops, enough to cover your frame, we used 59
  • White craft glue
  • Wooden frame

How to make it:

  1. Gather acorn tops that have fallen from the trees. Place acorn tops in a bowl of water to soak. Use a toothbrush and a little baking soda to clean them off if you wish. Rinse, drain, and pat dry with a towel.
  2. Place the acorn tops on a cookie sheet and have an adult bake them in a preheated 225 F or 110 C oven for about 40 minutes. This should kill any remaining insects that may be hiding and will also dry the acorn tops. Remove from oven and let cool on a paper plate in a single layer. (See photo.)
  3. Apple a generous amount of glue to one section of the frame at a time. Cover with acorn tops, hanging the ends of the acorns over the edges of the frame if needed to fit.  (See photo.)
  4. Once the frame is completely covered, fill in all the gaps between the acorns with craft glue. Let dry overnight. (See photo.)

Tips:

  1. If you want a more colorful frame, paint the acorns.
  2. To jazz up your frame, add a bow to a painted frame or use jute, twine or raffia to add a bow to a natural frame.
  3. When collecting acorn tops, be sure to gather extras to save for additional projects!

And here is another of Amanda Formaro and Kaboose

with another of her wonderful ideas

And now for his charming bag of leaves makes a wonderful centerpiece for                     any autumn get-together.

Striped Bag Leaf Bouquet Centerpiece

Leaves and Flowers for
Autumn


Fall is full of fun for the kids. Try out more of our fall crafts, as well as some of our great fall recipes and printable activities.

What you'll need:

  • 1 brown paper lunch bag
  • 1 cup rice
  • Re-sealable zipper sandwich bag
  • Fresh and silk leaves
  • Twigs
  • 3-4 green chenille stems, cut into fourths OR tape
  • 2 feet twine
  • Paint: yellow, brown, green
  • Scissors

How to make it:

  1. Paint bag with wide green stripes. Let dry before painting other colors. When dry, add thin lines of yellow and brown. (See photo.)
  2. Place a leaf at the top of a twig and secure with a section of chenille stem. Repeat with several twigs and leaves, both fresh and silk. You can also use tape instead of chenille. (See photo.)
  3. Trim three inches off the top of the bag. Place rice inside sandwich bag, place bag of rice into the brown paper bag. (See photo.)
  4. Place twigs into the bag. If twigs are too tall (leaves should touch the top of the bag), snap bottoms of twigs to shorten. (See photo.)
  5. Wrap twine around the bag twice. Tighten the twine and adjust leaves and twigs as you tighten. Tie twine in a bow and trim the ends. (See photo.)

 

Tips:

  1. Using fresh leaves is a temporary thing. The leaves will wilt and curl up, but they make a nice addition to the table. Try using dried fallen leaves for a more permanent arrangement.
  2. For an even simpler project, paint stripes with only one color.
  3. Instead of twine, use ribbon or yarn.

And as usual remember the proverbial Scrap-book for listing all the leaves etc. that you have used. In this and all your craft work.

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