Three DIY Craft Ideas for the Fall Using Up-cycled Outdoor Items
Everyone likes to get into the mood for the Fall season. It is a season of many type of color changes. This article provides three craft ideas, using up-cycled items to bring out the best of design for the Fall season.
Craft Number One
Make a leaf wreath for your front door. This craft is so simple, that your children can do it. You will need cardboard, real colored leaves, glue, wire, brush, white paint and clear lacquer.
- Cut out two cardboard circles that are at least 9 inches across. Then cut out the centers so that you have equal sizes. Then glue these two together. This will make them your wreath stronger. Consider using recycled cardboard.
2. Place your leaves on a newspapers or old plastic. Paint your leaves with the lacquer. You can do both sides or just one. I recommend both sides. Set them aside to dry.
3. Paint your cardboard white. Let it dry.
4. Place a hanging wire loop through the top of the cardboard.
5. Glue your leaves to the cardboard wreath. Arrange them in the mixed colors. Do not leave any of the cardboard to be seen. You can lap over the leaves. After the glue is dry, hand your wreath.
Craft Number Two
Make a basket of plenty for your fireplace mantle or counter top. This will require an old wooden fruit basket or used wicker basket. You will need a lacquer, brush, a piece of recycled cardboard, colored leaves, acorns, pine cones and small gourds, Indian corn and miniature pumpkins.
- Using your lacquer, paint your basket. Cover both the inside and outside. This will give it a shiny appearance.
2. Put a coat of lacquer on to your leaves and let them dry.
3. Once the leaves are dry, glue them to your piece of cardboard.
4. Set up your cardboard on the mantle with the basket at one end.
5. Place your other colored items on top of the leaves. Be sure to set your basket on its side. A little glue will hold it in place. Make sure it looks like the basket spilled out with the gourds and pumpkins and other items in it. You might want to consider using the lacquer to brighten up the acorns and pine cones.
Craft Number Three
Make a grapevine door entrance trellis. For this project, you will need long thin saplings or long grapevines. They have to be long enough to go around your entire door entrance. You will also need some wire, wire cutters, hot glue, bow ribbon and colored leaves.
- You can find your trellis limbs, by walking through the country side and cutting what you need. Trim off an branches or leaves on the vines. Depending on the size of your vines you will need about twelve. On the thin ends of the vine, curve them over and intertwine them with the other vines. The center of the arch should be in the middle at the top of your door.
2. Use wire to hold them together, if you need to. Be sure to bind the bottoms together with wire.
3. Glue colored leaves to the sides of your vine trellis. You can use lacquer to harden your leaves, before gluing them in place.
4. Using Fall season colors, place bows on each side of the trellis. Try to use old bows left over from other past projects. They should be about shoulder height. You can place your trellis inside or outside.
These three craft items are a great way to use up-cycled items to add to your Fall design.