Fall Crafts

Pumpkins made out of Paperback Books ~ DIY Fall Decor

 

Fall is here, so that means it is time for one of my favorite DIY projects. Pumpkins made out of Paperback Books! These can be made out of outdated manuals, books missing pages, old romance novels that should never be read again lol. Or just grab some cheap paperback books at a yard sale or thrift store.

Do you have a few old paperback books laying around, maybe a few with missing pages … and you need some Fall Decorations?  Well I have the perfect solution for you!   Turn that old book into an adorable pumpkin!  Pumpkins made out of Paperback Books, from start to finish takes about 30 minutes and is rather simple.

Pumpkins made out of Paperback Books

You will need

  • Tree branch about 3 inches long for the stem
  • Ribbons or flowers in fall colors to decorate your pumpkin
  • Glue Dots or hot glue
  • Paperback Book 1 for a small pumpkin and 2 for a large pumpkin (I used 2)
  • scissors or cutting blade

Ok yes I know it goes against everything we have been taught to cut up a book…. If you are not willing to cut your own books just head to a yard sale or thrift store and you should be able it pick up a trashy romance novel for under $.25 and feel no guilt for cutting is up LOL.  If you want to make a large pumpkin you will need 2 books with about the same amount of pages.  If you want to make a small pumpkin use one book and cut both sides  from one book.  One out of the top and the other out of the bottom of the book.

Start out

Start out by making a pattern of “half a pumpkin” and draw it onto the back of your book.  Take 15-30 pages at a time and cut out the pumpkin shape.  If you get to many pages it becomes to hard to cut and takes longer… so fewer pages at a time is faster in the long run and looks nicer.  I used scissors but you could also use a cutting blade ( I just don’t trust myself with sharp objects lol)

Once you have  both of your books cut out (or two parts of the same book if you are doing a small pumpkin) trim up any pages that are larger than the rest.

Line them up

Line up the two book spines back to back… you will want to keep the spines open or free from glue so you can push your stem in.  I used Glue Dots to glue the two books together.  I did cut the covers down a bit so any color would not show.  Glue your too covers together on both sides…. then glue a page over the covers so you see a printed page not a black cover when your pumpkin is on display.

Wedge your stem into the spine of the book, add ribbons and flowers and you are DONE!

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Easy Thanksgiving Sign… fun project to do on a chilly  Fall day!

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Easy Thanksgiving Sign

I think Thanksgiving sometimes gets lost in the shuffle between Halloween and all of the fun there and Christmas and all the festivity with the Christmas season.  I for one love the fall season and colors so I enjoy decorating and bringing that into my home as long as possible!

This year I really do love gold.  I love the warmth it adds to the oranges, reds and browns.  It is so beautiful.

For this craft you will need

a piece of wood

paint of choice

vinyl of choice

Begin by choosing the size for your wood board.  Mine was 14×11.  Sand it and then paint your color of choice.  Now distress if desired.  I chose not to for this particular piece because I felt like the gold needed the glamour of clean paint.

I then cut out my vinyl with my Silhouette cutting machine.  I love this baby and use it all of the time!  I used gold oracal vinyl and after I created my vinyl, I arranged the letters to fit them all on a 9×12 sheet of vinyl.  I don’t like wasting any!

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I used my transfer tape and applied my vinyl to the board after letting it dry for a day.  I love the way that it turned out!  The gold is very classy and stands out against the white beautifully!

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Fall flower vase made out of a tin can and jute twine, made the whole thing for under a dollar. Fall Craft ideas, great for Super saturday projects #DIY, #CraftsFall colors are simply stunning, my girls have been busy picking fall leaves and bringing them inside. They wanted  to make a fall bouquet to put on the kitchen table.  We decided to make a twine vase to display the leaves that they just picked outside.  A twine vase can be made rather fast, and is budget friendly way to decorate.Fall flower vase made out of a tin can and jute twine, made the whole thing for under a dollar. Fall Craft ideas, great for Super saturday projects #DIY, #CraftsTo make a twine vase all you need is:

Wash the can and dry it well.  Add a bit of hot glue to the bottom  side of the can, start to wrap the twine around the can.  Glue as you go, make sure the twine is close together so the can does not show thru.  Do this all the way to the top, cut the end and tuck it under the last row. Fill with some water and add branches from your yard for a fall centerpiece that  is rather elegant.  Made for less than a dollar, these would be great to make for a dinner party or other events that need decorated on a budget.

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DIY Pumpkin From Canning Jar Bands

Tis the season for lots of canning!  If you have been canning this season, or have canned in the past, you probably have several extra jar bands sitting around the kitchen.

My sister in law recently moved and didn’t want to take all of her extra canning supplies with her, so I inherited it!  Unfortunately, when I opened the good size bag of bands she had given me, many of them were rusty and not necessarily in the best condition to be used for canning anymore.  I couldn’t bare to part with them!  Then I had the greatest idea, I made them into a fall decoration, and now you can too!

You will need:

Canning jar bands that are the same size

Bakers twine or yarn

Scissors to cut the twine

Small branch or paper that can be rolled to resemble a stem

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Begin by cutting a piece of your bakers twine that is long enough to get several bands on it with extra room to tie it together at the end.  I would say about a foot long.  I used wide mouth jar bands, but any size will work, just keep them all the same size.

Now you are going to hold one side of the bakers twine, and slide the bands all on the other end but facing the same direction.  Sorry for the blurry photo, but you can see how I would slide a band on and then firmly hold both ends of the twine in my hand to keep them from rolling back off.

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Once you have enough bands on to form a circle, (I used about 18) You will want to tie the ends of your bakers twine together tightly. and trim the ends so that the don’t hang out.  Then make sure to arrange them so they form a nice circle.

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You will be left with a circle in the middle.  This is the perfect place to add a thick branch or a piece of paper that is rolled into a stem.  What a great, easy, quick project to spruce up your fall decor!

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