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Welcome to the Create and Craft Club

Welcome to the Create and Craft Club

Celebrate the Season with 7 Quick and Easy Autumnal Leaf Crafts

As the weather starts to cool and the nights get longer, we bid a solemn farewell to summer but an eager greeting to autumn – after all, who can resist the vibrant autumnal colours and excellent excuse to stay in and do some cosy crafting? To celebrate these autumn months, we’ve collected seven easy projects that take inspiration from the red, orange and yellow leaves scattering the ground. Have a look and see how you will welcome autumn into your home.

Celebrate the Season with 7 Quick and Easy Autumnal Leaf Crafts

1. Statement Hanging Decs

The only thing better than some gorgeous leafy decorations are ones that have a bit of sparkle! Check out how Penelope Quinn has transformed leaves into lovely gold, silver and bronze art pieces here using the A-Color Acrylic Paint Set in Metallic Colours (532438). The leaves then look fantastic hanging from a length of metallic thread as statement décor.

2. Golden Glow Lamps

If you have any spare jars, why not upcycle them into decorative lights? These decoupaged luminaries look great with real or faux leaves, but you may find it easier coating faux ones in adhesive and sticking them to the curve of the jar than real ones. You don’t need to cover the jars completely, either – the small negative spaces replicate sunlight peeking through the branches of trees. For safety, make sure you use an LED tealight.

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3. Fairy Light Toppers

Similar to the lamps, this lovely project combines small lights with lovely orange, red and yellow leaves to create a warm autumnal glow. Have a look at Penelope Quinn’s tutorial to make your own leafy fairy lights here – she uses sheets of felt like those from our Autumn Felt Bundle of 10 (485990) and stitches the veins on using complementary thread.

4. Glam Metallic Bowl

This ingenious project uses metallic painted leaves and a clever application of Mod Podge to create a unique bowl – check out Penelope Quinn's step-by-step guide on making your own here. The final result might not be suitable to eat from, but it’s great for keeping fruit, crafty supplies or general knick-knacks in. If you’re feeling creative, you can even experiment with different bowls and containers to achieve different interesting shapes.

5. Bountiful Wreath

You can’t go wrong with wreaths – they make lovely decorations, and the colour schemes can be customised to suit any season. In fact, we’ve put together 13 of our favourite autumnal wreaths here, from papercraft masterpieces (make sure you keep them on interior doors!) to unique burlap creations. This particular wreath combines faux leaves, berries and Papier-mache Pumpkins (478970) atop a woven wreath base to create a cheerful decoration.

6. Leafy Garland

How lovely would this colourful autumnal garland look strung over a doorway or mantlepiece? To make your own, pick up a pack of crepe paper in warm tones – the grain of the paper creates lovely realistic leaves – and use a ScanNCut or dies like those in the Carta Bella Market Leaves Die Set (574725) for easy bulk cutting. Simply string them together and hang for your delight!

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7. Practical Clay Tray

This giant polymer clay leaf looks impressive with its indented veins and subtle shifts in colour; you could use it to store your keys or hold a tealight, or simply display the lovely decoration on its own. Check out Angela Finch’s step-by-step tutorial here to make your own leaf tray – with her guidance you’ll soon master using the clever Skinner blend technique, a handy method of mixing clay to create gorgeous colour gradients.