DIY: A Touch of Autumn


Harvest Fall Lanterns

Skill level: Beginner • Crafting time: 3-5 hours

Supplies and tools:

2 boxes fall pumpkin and gourd decorations
1 bottle (2 fluid ounces) cloud white paint
2 metal and glass lanterns
Black sponge paint brush
Hot glue gun and sticks

Select two pumpkins to paint white. Paint them and let dry.

Choose multiple sized pumpkins and gourds and attach them to the inside bottom of each lantern with hot glue to begin building a design. Add more pumpkins and gourds, and glue them to each other.

Insert leaves and berries to accent pumpkins and fill in any empty spaces.


Birch Wreath

Skill level: Beginner • Crafting time: 1-2 hours

Supplies and tools:

2 pinecone pick stems
2 onion grass cattail stems
5 fall leaf foliage
5 bags medium birch rounds
Burlap garland
Dark brown raffia
Florist wire (22 or 24 gauge)
Burlap-wrapped wreath
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Wire cutters
Beige twig stems
Brown floral tape

Craft bow out of burlap garland and dark brown raffia. Wrap wire around middle of bow and poke it into burlap wreath in desired location. Secure with hot glue.

With wire cutters, cut twigs to length and tape together with brown floral tape. Add pinecone stems to twigs and tape together with floral tape.

Wrap twig and pinecone stems with wire and poke wire into wreath under bow. Use hot glue to secure.

Add cattails and fall foliage to accent. Attach to wreath in desired locations with hot glue.

Cover remainder of wreath with birch rounds using hot glue.

courtesy JoAnn Fabric and Craft Store


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