I was inspired by some great crafts I found online, and I was going to make them so I could share with you, but they are not as easy to make as they look. So I'm passing along the ideas, but I admit--they are not my own. Here are some pictures and links to tutorials, as well as instructions for how not to do these crafts, and pictures of my failures. Gather your materials over the weekend, though: Next week I'm posting video tutorials to my successful versions!
|Twine balls made on the Nate Berkus show|
This is what I ended up with:
The flour paste left residue all over, even in between the strings. It took me 3 tries to boil the flour paste and not let it turn into a hard, gummy ball. It also attracted flies.
I'm going to try again, though. I think this would make a cute pumpkin, and you could even embellish with felt cutouts in the shape of a jack-o-lantern face and insert a battery-operated tea light.
If you want to try this craft, you can use white glue and water, liquid starch, or fabric stiffener (buy this at a craft or fabric store). I'll post pics when I successfully make mine!
Book Page Pumpkin
|Beautiful pumpkin made from a book on The Artsy Girl Connection|
I thought this book page pumpkin from the Artsy Girl Connection was a beautiful, unexpected fall decoration. I tried to make it, but I tore out the pages from the book instead of keeping them all together. They were still bound in small batches though, so I glued them together with a thin strip of glue on the binding edge. Now I have some great half-moon shaped mini books:
But when I tried to assemble them, I didn't have that fluffed, rounded look. So I did some more research, and found this Book Page Pumpkin Tutorial from CreationsbyKara.com. Now it makes sense. I'm redoing this one, and I'll post a video tutorial when I'm done. It will make a lot more sense.
Felted Wool Pumpkins
|Amy at Anktangle's wool dryer balls|
This is what I have so far:
Stay tuned for more fall crafts in the next week!