Decorating

Decorating

Glass bottle vases: decor, painting and trimming

Glass bottles made of wine, cognac, champagne, milk, butter and even beer are excellent materials for making do-it-yourself flower vases. Painted and decorated vases and vases can be used to decorate not only the dining table and shelves in the house or in the country, but also serving at a wedding or party, and you can also make a wonderful gift from decorated bottles.

Master class number 1: Stylish and simple

For such a painting of bottles, bottles of any shape and color of glass are suitable; in this master class, transparent bottles for milk are used.

DIY bottle painting

Materials: for degreasing – acetone or alcohol, as well as cotton pads, for painting – acrylic paints in jars or cans (better for glass and ceramics), a nylon brush, as well as masking tape or ordinary tape of the required width. Rubber rings can be used instead of tape. If you are using spray paint, foil, cling film, or plain paper may be useful..

Instructions:

  1. We prepare the glass – remove the labels, wash the glue, wipe the bottles dry, and then degrease the surface with nail polish remover or ethyl alcohol.
  2. We glue the future vase with tape, forming a pattern: strips of different widths, zigzags or a spiral. Scotch tape plays the role of a stencil here.

DIY bottle painting

  1. We start painting the vase in the right places.

Painting bottles

Tip: if the paint requires baking in the oven, then consider in what position the painted bottle will dry. So, if you paint both the bottom and the neck, then it will be problematic to dry the vase, but you can make a structure out of thick paper and buttons as shown in the photo below.

How to dry colored bottles

  1. The drying method depends on the paint you choose. The manufacturer usually indicates the required baking temperature (if required) and time. Baked acrylic paints dry for about half an hour in the oven at 170 degrees, and then it is advisable to leave the bottles to dry naturally for 1-2 days to make the coating as durable as possible. Spray paints that were used in this master class do not need to be baked, but they dry in 24 hours.

Painting bottles

With this workshop, you can come up with a wide variety of designs, playing with the color, width and position of tape or rubber bands..

  • DIY bottle painting ideas
  • DIY bottle painting ideas

DIY bottle painting ideas

  • DIY bottle painting ideas
  • DIY bottle painting ideas

For example, you can use unusual shades – bottles painted in gentle pastel colors or gold or silver paint look very impressive. Take a look at the following selection of photos – these are the colors that are best suited for decorating glass bottles for decorating a wedding or party..

Wedding bottle decor

  • Wedding bottle decor
  • Wedding bottle decor
  • Wedding bottle decor

Party bottle painting

And here is another original idea – by pulling an elastic band or sticking tape diagonally, you can paint over only the bottom of the bottle..

DIY bottle painting ideas

Master class number 2: Painting the bottle with contours

And now let’s proceed to a more complex and lengthy, but very beautiful way to decorate bottles with our own hands – painting with contour volumetric paints. With their help, you can draw patterns and ornaments in ethnic style, apply a complex and simple drawing or write beautiful inscriptions, monograms, initials (photo below).

Wine bottle painting

Painting wine and cognac bottles

You can also draw with contour paints using the technique of spot painting as in the photo below..

Spot-painting bottles

Dot painting gift bottle

And in combination with stained glass paints, the contour painting will turn into stained glass.

Stained glass painting of bottles

Stained glass painting of bottles

Materials: any alcohol-based degreaser, cotton pads and sticks, a needle and contour paints. If desired, the painting can be supplemented with sparkles, as well as acrylic and stained glass paints, as in this master class.

Do-it-yourself painting of a bottle with contours

Tip: if you do not have contour paints or drawing with them seems difficult to you, then you can paint with the help of available tools: toothpicks, needles, cotton swabs or a thin brush.

Technique:

  1. First, we need to come up with an idea and prepare an auxiliary sketch. You can find it on the Internet and print it in a suitable size or draw it yourself. You can also use a homemade or ready-made template or stencil.
  2. If you are confident in your drawing skills, you can skip this step. If you are a beginner, then it is better to transfer the desired picture to glass, that is, outline the main details and lines of the picture / pattern. To do this, you need to: draw or print a picture, cut it out (you can roughly), then paint over its back side tightly with a soft simple pencil, and then attach the picture with the shaded wrong side to the glass and circle all or only the main parts of the drawing with the same pencil. Barely noticeable, but useful lines should remain on the bottle. If the image is not too complicated, then it is enough to outline the main details right on the bottle..
  3. Now you need to degrease the glass and wait until it dries..
  4. If you wish, you can paint the entire bottle with colored acrylic paint and wait until it dries completely..
  5. We start painting: we outline all the contours, from time to time cleaning the nose of the tube with a needle and, if necessary, correcting blemishes with a cotton swab moistened with water. It is more correct to start drawing with large details..

Do-it-yourself painting of a bottle with contours

  • If you draw with a contour using the stained-glass technique, then the contours should be closed, and the stained-glass paint should be in contact with them. Also, make sure that all parts are completely painted over without staining, otherwise the coating will be short-lived. Filling the contours with stained-glass paints is possible only after 2 hours, but you can speed up their drying with a hair dryer;

Do-it-yourself painting of a bottle with contours

  • In the technique of spot painting with a contour, the main thing is to observe the same and minimum spacing in one line of the drawing and maintain the same diameter / volume of points (in one line).

Do-it-yourself spot painting of a bottle

Tip: first practice drawing with an outline or putting dots on paper. Remember to press on the tube with the same force..

  1. When the drawing is ready, you just have to dry or wait for the paints to dry, following the manufacturer’s recommendations. Most often, painted glass is baked in the oven at 170 degrees for about 30 minutes or left to dry naturally for a day..

We suggest that you familiarize yourself with the following video tutorial, where you can see how to decorate a bottle with your own hands using contours in a chiseled technique.

And here are other interesting ideas for painting bottles with contours for your inspiration..

  • Painting bottles with contours
  • Painting bottles with contours

Painting bottles with contours

Master class number 3: how to cut a bottle and make a vase, candlestick and other decor items out of it

So, we figured out the painting and decor. Now let’s talk about how to make a vase, candlestick, pencil holder, glass or some kind of interior decoration from an ordinary bottle as in the photo below.

How to cut a bottle

How to cut a bottle

How to cut a bottle

You can cut a glass bottle with your own hands in different ways. In this master class, we use the simplest methods that can be easily repeated at home..

Method 1. How to cut a bottle with alcohol-treated thread

This method is more suitable for cutting wine bottles and bottles with thin glass..

How to cut a glass bottle

  1. First you need to wrap the bottle with thick cotton thread and cut off the excess (top photo on the left).
  2. Now this thread must be moistened in any alcohol-containing solution – white spirit, ethyl alcohol or nail polish remover, as in this master class. After the thread is well wet, it must be wrapped around the bottle again in the right place..

How to cut a glass bottle

  1. Now you need to carefully set fire to the thread, quickly rotating the bottle until the flame goes out.

How to cut a glass bottle

  1. Next, you need to lower the bottle in a previously prepared container with boiling water for 3 minutes, and then quickly lower it into cold water – from a sharp temperature drop, the glass should crack in the right place.

How to cut a glass bottle

Tip: if you want to make a vase from a bottle of champagne, then steps 2-4 will most likely need to be repeated.

  1. We carefully break the bottle, and then we process the sharp edges with sandpaper – first coarse-grained, and then fine-grained. Woo-ala, the vase from the bottle is ready!

Wine bottle vase

Method 2. How to cut a bottle using a glass cutter

You can also cut the bottle using a glass cutter. For this you need:

  1. Make an incision with a glass cutter. To make the edges even, you can sharply wrap the bottle with an elastic band or tape before it. Instead of a glass cutter, you can use a glass drill;
  2. Then we burn the incision, then lower the bottle in boiling water for three minutes, and then into a container with cold water;
  3. We carefully break the bottle;
  4. We process the edges with sandpaper.

You will have to tinker with champagne and other thick-walled bottles, but wine bottles break quite quickly and easily..

You can see how to cut a bottle with your own hands using a glass cutter in the following video:

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Decorating

How to make a topiary with your own hands – 4 instructions for beginners and more

Topiary (“tree of happiness”, “European tree”) is a small decorative tree that is used to decorate interiors and exteriors, and is also often used for table setting. Topiary are good because they look very beautiful, and you can make them with your own hands in just 1 evening from scrap materials.

  • This means that you can make several decorations at once, for example, one pair for New Year’s serving, another for Easter, and a couple more for the mantel..

In this material you will find 1 basic instruction on how to make a DIY topiary for beginners, as well as 3 step-by-step master classes in addition to it and 45 photo ideas for inspiration..

Basic instruction for beginners

Topiary of even the most complex design is made according to approximately the same principle. Having mastered the basic manufacturing technology, you can create a variety of topiary, changing only the materials for decoration.

So, to make a mini-tree with your own hands, you need to create it:

  • Crown;
  • Trunk;
  • Base of the tree.

Step 1. Planning the design

Topiary can be different not only in design, but also in terms of service life. Before starting work, think about why you need a “tree of happiness” and where will it live? The purpose and future place of the topiary will determine its style, color scheme and even materials for its creation..

If you want to make topiary for a festive table setting, then materials that are not too durable can be used – paper, napkins, sweets, fresh flowers, fruits. If you want to make a topiary as a gift or to decorate the interior, then it is better to use a more reliable decor – cones, artificial flowers, coffee beans, ribbons, organza, etc..

In the next selection of photos you can get ideas for the design of thematic and festive topiary.

  • Wedding topiary An example of a wedding topiary made by hand from pearls, silk flowers and flowers, twisted from satin ribbons on a candlestick base
  • Wedding topiary Wedding topiary with a crown of pearls
  • Wedding topiary
  • Wedding topiary Wedding topiary made of natural branches with a crown of fresh flowers and floral foam

Sweet candy topiary

Sweet candy topiary for a children’s party

Topiary for Halloween

Potted candy halloween decoration

Topiary for Halloween

Halloween decorations from pumpkin seeds, ribbons and candies in tea cans

Easter topiary

Easter trees made from eggs, artificial flowers, satin ribbons and moss

New Year's topiary

Christmas topiary made of artificial holly leaves and berries, cones and ribbons with a stem from a branch

Topiary for a festive table

Candy tree for a festive table

Topiary for a festive table setting

Topiary for festive table setting made of artificial flowers, natural branches, dry moss and satin ribbons

Topiary of fresh flowers for a festive table

Topiary of fresh flowers for a festive table

  • Corrugated paper topiary idea Corrugated paper topiary
  • Corrugated paper topiary idea Corrugated paper topiary

And here is a selection of photo examples of design exclusively for interior topiary (scroll through!).

  • Interior topiary
  • Interior topiary
  • Interior topiary
  • Interior topiary
  • Interior topiary
  • Interior topiary
  • Interior topiary
  • Imitation of a live topiary
  • Imitation of a live topiary
  • Imitation of a live topiary

Step 2. Preparation of materials

To make a topiary with your own hands, you will need:

  • Foam ball 8-12 cm in diameter (sold at many stationery and art stores) or floral foam ball (sold at gardening and flower shops).

Styrofoam ball

If desired, the ball can be made independently from polystyrene, the same floral foam, polyurethane foam, papier-mâché, etc. NS.

  • Crown decor – depending on your idea, use flowers, satin ribbons, organza, coffee beans, banknotes, etc..
  • Trunk – This can be made from a dry and clean branch, a simple pencil, or any other stick. In addition, the trunk and the pot can replace the tall candlestick.
  • Barrel decor – the barrel can be at least matt varnished or painted. And as a maximum – wrap with one or two ribbons.
  • Planter – It is best to pour the mixture into a clay pot, but any cute cups, mugs, vintage buckets, etc. will do..
  • Fixing mixture – the best for making topiary with your own hands is a mixture of alabaster, since it quickly hardens, almost does not crack and is cheap. You can also use cement-sand mortar, gypsum or putty. However, not only binding mixtures can fix a tree in a pot, but also the same foam, floral foam or stones.
  • Everything for mixing the mixture – container, water, stick, etc..
  • Decor for masking the fixing mixture – to create an imitation of soil cover, it is best to use natural materials: dry moss, small pebbles, expanded clay, sisal fiber. Artificial moss and stones will also work. You can put sweets and dragees in the pots of “edible” topiary.
  • Glue gun and a few sticks of glue – if necessary, you can replace it with glue like “Moment”, but it’s best not to do this, since the glue in the gun is more convenient, and most importantly, it allows you to remove random “cobwebs”.
  • Scissors or cutter.
  • Tailor’s pins-studs with a very small head (optional, used in addition to or instead of glue, for example, to fasten beads).
  • Side cutters or nippers for cutting the trunk or any decorative elements.

At the preparatory stage, divide the decorative details for the crown into groups – for example, large, medium and small. So it will be more convenient for you to alternate the decor and distribute it evenly over the ball..

Step 3. Creation of the crown

First, you need to apply markings to the ball – mark the place for attaching the trunk and mark the border around it, beyond which until some time you do not need to go by sticking the decor. Thanks to this technique, in the future you can easily fix the barrel in the ball without spoiling the decor..

Barrel markings

Barrel markings

As soon as the glue is warmed up, proceed to decorate the ball in the following order: “fitting” the part without glue – applying glue to the desired place – fixing the part. Remember to act quickly so that the glue does not have time to soak into the foam. That is why it is better to apply and try on the decor first..

  • Crown creation
  • Crown creation Crown creation

Here are a few more nuances:

  • You need to glue the decor on the ball, starting with large elements and ending with small ones. For example, if you are making a topiary from artificial flowers, then first glue the largest buds on the ball, then medium and only then small flowers and additional beads..
  • Some decor can be secured to the ball using tailor’s pins. But it is best to combine carnations with glue..
  • If some parts have wire bases (for example, the same artificial flowers), then about 2 cm should be left from their “tails”. Then you can not only glue the decor, but also stick it into the ball.
  • To make the white base ball less noticeable in the gaps between the glued parts, it can be painted to match the decor.

Step 4. Decor of the trunk and its attachment to the crown

Now we need to work with the trunk. As already mentioned, making it with your own hands is not at all difficult from a branch, pencil or any stick..

If you use a branch, then you do not need to paint it, but only cover it with a matte varnish so that the natural beauty of the tree is visible. If you use a wooden stick, then it can only be slightly tinted, artificially aged, etc. If you want to mask the surface of the barrel completely, then you can wrap satin ribbons, fabric, paper, rope around it or completely paint it.

How long should it be? Since the trunk goes deep both into the pot and into the ball, you can calculate its length using the following formula:

  • Barrel length = 1/3 ball diameter + pot height + desired barrel length between crown and pot.

To attach the barrel, you need to make a hole in the ball about 2-3 cm deep in the ball at the place of marking with an awl and a knife (depending on its size). When the hole is ready, fill the bottom with hot glue and push the crown onto the barrel until it stops. Then continue to hold the barrel and gradually fill the hole with glue around the barrel.

Fastening two intertwined barrels

Fastening two intertwined barrels

  • Keep in mind that thermal glue will melt the foam and deepen the hole even further. To prevent the trunk from going deeper into the crown by more than 1/3 of its diameter, small pieces of paper can be placed between the layers of glue..

As soon as the barrel locks into the ball, mask the attachment point with decor.

Step 5. Preparing the binder mixture and fixing the tree in the pot

Now is the time to “plant” the resulting tree in a pot. For this you need:

  • After stepping back about 2.5 cm from the edge of the pot, put a mark – the mixture will be poured to this level. If there is a hole at the bottom of the pot, you need to close it with tape or hot glue..

Filling the hole in the pot with glue

Filling the hole in the pot with glue

  • Dilute the mixture according to the manufacturer’s instructions and fill the pot with it.
  • Align and fix the topiary in the pot, holding its trunk until the mixture hardens.
  • Leave the mixture overnight until it dries completely.

Fixation of the trunk in a mixture of alabaster

Fixation of the trunk in a mixture of alabaster

Hint: As noted, it is best to use alabaster as a binder. To fill 1 medium pot, you need to dilute about 1 kg of alabaster with 600 ml of water. The mixture is kneaded for about 1-2 minutes until the consistency of thick sour cream, and then quickly poured into a pot and the topiary is fixed in it for 2-3 minutes.

Step 6. Decorating the cover of the “soil” and the pot

Hooray! The topiary is almost ready, it remains only to create an imitation of soil in a pot and mask the fixing mixture. If you are using sisal fiber (see photo), shells, artificial grass or moss, then they need to be fixed with a little glue..

Pot decoration

Pot decoration

Master class 1. Corrugated paper topiary

Topiary with paper flowers is especially suitable for decorating a festive table or festive interior decoration. So, for example, this rose topiary was made for Valentine’s Day..

Topiary made of paper flowers

Materials:

  • Base ball with a diameter of 12 cm;
  • Corrugated (crepe paper) of medium density (in the master class, corrugated paper in the form of a ribbon is used, but you can use regular rolls);
  • Floral foam bars and / or any fixing mixture (see basic instructions);
  • Planter or flowerpot for the base of the topiary;
  • The trunk is about 30 cm long;
  • Dry moss for pot decoration;
  • Barrel decoration tape;
  • Glue gun.

Step 1. Cut the corrugated paper into strips 60 cm long and about 4.5-5 cm wide. If the paper is too thick and stiff, remember the strips a little to make them more flexible.

Step 2. Now you need to roll the resulting ribbons into rosebuds. This is done very simply, just a couple of workouts and the principle becomes clear. Take one of the resulting paper strips and fold it 1/3 as shown in the photo below..

Making a rosebud from corrugated paper

Then fold one end of the tape diagonally at a 45-degree angle and start rolling it into a roll. After three turns, you have the core of the bud. Now wrap the free end to the outside, and continue to roll the core of the rose – woo-ala, you have the first petal.

Making a rosebud from corrugated paper

Continue twisting the bud roll as well, while tucking the free end of the tape until it runs out. At the end, fasten the base of the rose with a speller or glue in a pistol.

You need to make a lot of such roses – about 80 pieces, so it’s more pleasant to twist them while sitting, say, while watching a movie.

Step 3. Take the ball-base and mark on it the place for attaching the trunk. Next, start gluing the ball with flowers..

Making a crown of paper roses

Making a crown of paper roses

Step 4. Once the crown is completely covered with roses, attach the trunk to it (see Step 4 of the Basic Instructions). In this master class, the barrel was pre-painted with spray paint in white.

Step 5. Next, fill the pot with floral foam (see photo) or fixing mixture (see Step 5 of the Basic Instructions), and then fix the tree in the base.

Topiary base made of floristic foam bar

Topiary base made of floristic foam bar

Fastening the topiary to the floral foam base

Fastening the topiary to the floral foam base

Step 6. Lay the dry moss on the “soil” and glue it in some places with thermal glue. Finally, tie a bow to the trunk..

Topiary with a crown of paper roses

In the next selection of photos, other ideas for the design of topiary are presented that you can do with your own hands in this master class, not only from corrugated paper, but also from satin ribbons, paper in silence, etc..

Topiary decor ideas with crepe paper flowers

Topiary decor ideas with crepe paper flowers

Paper topiary made of tissue paper

By the way, paper can be used to make not only roses, but also lush peonies or hydrangeas. Methods for making such flowers are easy to find on the Internet.

material: DIY paper flowers – 4 master classes for beginners.

Master class 2. Topiary from artificial flowers

Topiary made of artificial flowers can become a permanent decoration of a dining table, display cabinet, coffee table, mantelpiece. Moreover, in most cases, it is better to make two identical trees at once in order to create a sense of symmetry in the interior. And also a topiary made of artificial flowers is a great idea for a gift or wedding decoration..

Artificial flower topiary

Materials:

  • 2 pcs. artificial hydrangeas or several other flowers;
  • Base ball with a diameter of 10 cm;
  • Acrylic paint to match the colors (for painting the ball);
  • Foam roller brush;
  • Clay pot;
  • Trunk (this project uses a trunk and a pot from a factory topiary);
  • Cotton ribbon in contrasting colors;
  • Glue gun;
  • Stationery knife or awl;
  • Side cutter or wire cutter for flowers.

Materials for making topiary hydrangea

Step 1. First paint the ball with paint to match the colors and leave it to dry.

Step 2. While the ball is drying, separate the flowers from the “stems”.

  • If your flower has wire “stems”, then leave tails from them about 2 cm long. Use a side cutter or nippers for cutting.
  • If the flowers have no wire, it doesn’t matter. Cut off the “stems” at the root so that in the future the flowers can be simply glued.

Step 3. Mark on the ball the place where the trunk will be attached and start gluing the flowers, keeping an equal interval between them. It is desirable that the petals go over each other so that the ball under them is practically invisible. Leave the area near the barrel attachment without flowers.

  • Attach flowers on a wire to the ball in the following sequence: creating a hole for the “stem” – filling the hole with a drop of glue – planting the flower until it stops (see photo below).

Decorating a topiary ball with artificial flowers

Decorating the topiary ball with artificial flowers

In this master class, flowers were staggered at intervals of about 2.5 cm.

Decorating a topiary ball with artificial flowers

Step 4. Make a hole in the ball for the barrel with an awl / knife, fill it with glue and attach the topiary according to the recommendations of Step 4 of our Basic Instructions. Next, glue one or several leaves at the base of the crown as shown in the photo below. In our master class, the hydrangea leaf was additionally fixed in the desired position with a pin.

Fastening an artificial leaf to the base of the topiary

Fastening an artificial leaf to the base of the topiary

After that, decorate the empty area near the trunk with flowers..

Step 5. Place the topiary in some kind of fixing mixture and decorate the “soil” (see Step 5 and Step 6 of the Basic Instructions). The final touch is a bow made of a wide cotton ribbon tied on the trunk under the crown itself.

Topiary in the form of hydrangea

Below are the ideas for decorating the topiary with artificial flowers, which you can implement with the help of our master class.

Ideas for decorating topiary with artificial flowers

Ideas for decorating topiary with artificial flowers

Master class 3. Topiary from satin ribbons

Topiary made of satin ribbons will be especially appropriate on a festive table, for example, on the occasion of a child’s birthday, New Year or Valentine’s Day.

Satin ribbon topiary

Materials:

  • A LOT of satin or any other ribbon of different colors;
  • Clay pot or any planter;
  • Trunk;
  • Styrofoam or floral foam ball;
  • Fixing mixture or floral foam;
  • Scissors;
  • Tailor’s pins-studs (with small caps);
  • Glue gun;
  • Materials for decorating the base of the topiary.

See also the material: DIY ribbon flowers – 6 master classes for beginners.

Step 1. Spray paint the pot and let it dry.

Step 2. Insert the stick into the ball according to Step 4 of the Basic Instructions.

Step 3. Place the wood blank in the fixing mixture (see Step 5 of the Basic Instructions) or in the floral foam.

Step 4. Cut the roll of tape into many strips 7-8 cm long. To save time, cut the tape by folding it in several layers. It is better not to mix ribbons of different colors, so that in the future it will be easier for you to distribute them evenly over the ball.

Preparing tapes

Step 5. Take one ribbon and make a loop out of it as shown in the photo below. In the place where the ends meet each other, insert a stud, and then insert it completely into the ball. Repeat these steps until the entire ball is decorated with ribbons..

Ribbon loop

Ribbon loop

Topiary decoration with satin ribbons

Step 6. As soon as the crown of the topiary is decorated, put candies, tissue paper, stones or any other decor in the pot..

The following photos show other examples of topiary decoration with ribbons..

Satin Ribbon Topiary Ideas

How to make coffee topiary

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Decorating

6 master classes and ideas for autumn crafts for adults and children

Autumn is a great time for handicraft, because it gives us so many beautiful materials: leaves, vegetables, fruits, flowers, acorns, cones and twigs. And how cozy the house becomes if it is decorated with decor in a yellow and crimson scale. In this material you will find 6 ideas for autumn DIY crafts for adults and children with step-by-step master classes and a selection of photos for inspiration.

Idea 1. Autumn topiary

Topiary is a decorative tree that can be used to decorate a dining table, a mantelpiece or a space by the front door. To make it, you can use natural or artificial materials, for example: leaves, berries on twigs, acorns, cones, chestnuts, flowers, dried citrus slices, as well as felt, sisal, flax and whatever your imagination tells you. In the next slider, you can see some examples of such autumn crafts..

  • Autumn topiary made of artificial flowers Autumn topiary made of artificial flowers
  • Autumn topiary made of artificial flowers
  • Crafts for Halloween The crown of this Halloween topiary is framed with green split peas
  • Craft from an artificial hydrangea flower Craft from an artificial hydrangea flower
  • Craft from artificial autumn leaves Craft from artificial autumn leaves
  • Topiary of pumpkin, autumn leaves and flowers Topiary of pumpkin, autumn leaves and flowers

Next, we present you a simple master class on making an autumn decorative tree from artificial leaves and berries..

Topiary of autumn leaves and twigs with berries

Materials:

  1. Clay pot;
  2. Wooden stick or branch;
  3. Two balls of polystyrene or floral foam;
  4. Materials for decorating the crown;
  5. Dry moss (you can replace it with sisal);
  6. Glue gun and a few sticks of glue;
  7. Scissors;
  8. Side cutters or secateurs;
  9. Acrylic paints for painting the barrel, ball and pot (optional).

Instructions:

Step 1. Cut a hole in the base ball with a sharp object under the barrel about a third of its diameter deep. Put hot glue into the hole and insert the barrel into it.

Step 2. Insert the second ball into the pot. If the balloon does not fit snugly in the pot, place newspaper around it. Cut a hole in the ball for the barrel 2-3 cm deep. Insert the barrel with the crown into the hole and adjust its length. Next, drop the glue into the hole in the ball, place the barrel in it and start filling the hole with glue, placing small pieces of paper around the barrel. This is to prevent the hot glue from deepening the hole too much..

Barrel mount

Step 3. Paint the pot in the desired color if you do not like its original appearance. In this project, the pot was painted with spray paint in a shade of dark bronze from Rustoleum (sold in construction stores, for example, in Leroy Merlin).

Painted pots

Remember that the design of the pot should be simple and unpretentious so as not to distract attention from the crown. Paint the barrel and / or balls at this stage if necessary. It is advisable to paint the balls so that the gaps between the decorative details are invisible..

Step 4. While the paint on our workpiece is drying, sort the decorative details by type and size. If you use artificial leaves, flowers and berries with a wire base, then, cutting them off, leave “stems” about 2 cm long. This is necessary in order not only to glue the parts, but also to stick them into the ball – then they will hold more securely … If the “stems” do not have a wire, then it is better to cut the details “at the root”.

Step 5. Now it’s time for the fun part – creating the crown. First, evenly distribute and glue the largest parts on the ball, then the medium ones. Finally, fill in the blanks with small embellishments..

  • Crown
  • Crown creation

Step 6. Well, that’s all, it remains only to decorate the ball in a pot with dry moss or sisal, having previously processed it with glue.

Idea 2. Pumpkins from toilet paper rolls

And here is another idea for an autumn craft on the theme of vegetables, which you can make with children – pumpkins from toilet paper rolls. The possibilities for decorating such crafts are endless. For example, children can use colored paper, gouache or sequins, while adults can use gold leaf, fabric or lace..

Pumpkin from bushings

Materials:

  • Toilet rolls or paper towels;
  • Scissors;
  • Leg-split;
  • For decoration: brushes, gouache or acrylic paints, PVA glue and glitter or book pages, etc.;
  • Cinnamon sticks or twigs (to create the core of the vegetable);
  • Burlap, felt or cardboard (to create leaves).

Step 1. Flatten the toilet paper roll and cut into rings.

  • Toilet roll and paper towel roll
  • Bushing rings

Step 2. Decorate the rings with any material you like, such as kraft paper, scrapbooking paper, cloth, ribbons, or simply paint them with acrylic paint. You can also decorate pumpkins just like in this master class – with sequins and stripes of book pages..

Method 1. Using a brush, brush the outer sides of all rings with PVA glue, and then sprinkle glitter on them liberally. Wait until the workpieces dry, and then cover the glitter with a second layer of PVA glue to protect them from shedding.

  • Decoration of blanks
  • Decoration of blanks
  • Decoration of blanks

Method 2. Cut thin strips of paper from book pages and glue them to the rings with PVA glue or glue stick.

Decoration of blanks

Step 3. To form your pumpkin, pass the string of twine through the rings, then tighten its two ends and tie a knot as shown in the photo.

Forming a pumpkin from rings

Forming a pumpkin from rings

Step 4. Now glue cinnamon sticks or cut twigs into the center of the pumpkin.

Pumpkin from bushings

Step 5. Hooray, your pumpkins are almost ready, it remains only to add leaves cut from burlap, felt, cardboard or any other material at hand..

Ready pumpkin

By the same principle, you can make a pumpkin from rings of any material..

  • Paper ring pumpkin Paper ring pumpkin
  • Tin Ring Pumpkin Tin Ring Pumpkin
  • Willow Ring Pumpkin Willow Ring Pumpkin

See also the material: DIY paper flowers – 4 master classes for beginners.

Idea 3. Panel from leaves

Next, we present to you the idea of ​​crafts from autumn leaves. Since hot glue and sharp objects are not used in this master class, you can safely connect children to work, and especially to collect material.

Autumn panel of leaves

The idea of ​​an autumn craft from natural material that can be made with children and used for seasonal home decoration

Materials:

  • Wooden board or thin plywood;
  • Pre-dried leaves (for instructions on how to dry leaves and flowers, read at the end of the article);
  • Thin twig;
  • Stain;
  • Brush;
  • PVA glue;
  • Marker;
  • Any heavy object as a press.

Instructions:

Step 1. Cut the wood with a jigsaw and sand the ends with sandpaper.

Step 2. Paint the board with wood stain and leave to dry.

Step 3. With a marker, draw a maple leaf on the board by hand, using a template or stencil.

Creation of an autumn panel

Step 4. Begin to glue the pre-dried leaves (see the instructions for drying them at the end of the article) like a fan, trying to place them so that their edges coincide with the outline of the picture. In this case, you should not glue the leaves completely, let their tops be a little free so that the panel gains some volume. On each glued leaf, put a press of a suitable size for a minute.

Fixing a leaflet with a press

Fixing a leaflet with a press

Keep in mind that the leaves will not adhere immediately, but will stick well after the glue dries..

Panel creation

Step 5. To make the contours of the picture clearer, trim the leaves in some places. However, try to use this correction as little as possible so as not to lose the beauty of the natural lines..

Step 6. Now attach a twig to your panel in place of the stem, break off the excess and glue.

Autumn panel of leaves

The following selection of photos contains examples of no less original autumn panels..

  • Dried leaf covered with gold paint in a frame Dried leaf covered with gold paint in a frame
  • Framed leaves on glass Framed leaves on glass
  • Autumn panel of dried leaves, reeds and berries Autumn panel of dried leaves, reeds and berries
  • Autumn herbarium within Autumn herbarium within
  • Panel on canvas from a frame trimmed with acorn caps Panel on canvas from a frame trimmed with acorn caps

And finally, we suggest watching a video tutorial on how to make an autumn craft in the form of a panel of leaves with a frame of acorns with your own hands.

Idea 4. Wind chime from natural materials and not only

The next project is an example of an interesting, but very easy-to-make craft from natural materials and ready-made parts, which a child can make almost independently..

Autumn wind chime

Autumn wind chime

Materials:

  • Two or one sticks;
  • Natural and manufactured materials for decorating threads: pine cones, flat stones, acorns, wooden beads, small metal candle holders (used in this project) and everything that comes to hand and corresponds to the theme of autumn;
  • Leg-split;
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks.

Materials for making autumn wind chimes

Step 1. Paint some elements of the future wind chime, if necessary. In this master class, the author painted the pebbles in bright yellow and red colors..

Colored pebbles

Colored pebbles

Step 2. While the jewelry is drying, tie two sticks cross-to-cross and tie the center of the cross with twine as shown in the photo below. You can also use just one long stick or, say, a hoop.

The basis of the wind chime from the branches

Step 3. Cut 9 twine ropes of the desired length with a small margin for knots, so that in the future you get two rows on each branch and one in the middle.

Step 4. To create one row of wind chime, take a piece of twine and start stringing beads or other pieces onto it, passing the ropes through the holes twice or pulling them tightly into knots. The stones should be additionally fixed with hot glue. In order not to be mistaken with the order, the details should first be laid out in the desired order. By the way, it is better to place especially sonorous elements opposite each other so that their chimes in the wind can be heard better..

Fastening stones

Fastening stones

Forming the wind chime strands

Forming the wind chimes

Step 5. Tie knots at the end of each string.

Twine bead and knot

Twine bead and knot

Step 6. After each strand is finished, tie them to the branches in double knots, adding a drop of glue.

The music of wind

Autumn wind chime

Below are other examples of this unusual decoration made from cones, acorns and leaves..

  • Autumn Wind Music Design Idea
  • Autumn Wind Music Design Idea
  • Autumn Wind Music Design Idea
  • Autumn Wind Music Design Idea

Idea 5. Candlesticks in the form of autumn leaves from salted dough

Leaves can be used not only as a decorative or finishing material, but also simultaneously as a template and a stamp for creating crafts from any mass for modeling. Take note of the idea of ​​autumn crafts with children in the form of such cute leaves of salt dough. By the way, they are not only beautiful in themselves, but can also perform a practical function, for example, you can store various decorations or put candles on them..

Salted dough candlestick

Salted dough candlestick

Autumn crafts from salt dough

Materials:

  • Ingredients for kneading salted dough: ½ glass of salt, ½ glass of water, 1 glass of flour;
  • Capacity for kneading dough;
  • Glass bowl;
  • Rolling pin;
  • Knife;
  • Large leaves;
  • Vegetable oil;
  • Acrylic paints in yellow, red, orange and brown colors.

Instructions:

Step 1. The first thing to do is to go for a walk with the whole family and find at least two beautiful large leaves.

Step 2. Then knead the salted dough. To do this, simply mix all the ingredients and roll out the dough to about 6 mm thick (at least) so that it is not too thick, but also not too brittle..

Step 3. Spread your sheets of paper on the dough and go over it with a rolling pin with light pressure.

Autumn dough craft

Autumn dough craft

Step 4. The next step is to cut the shape around the sheet. Use a sharp knife and, of course, take this part of the work yourself..

Cutting out the shape

Cutting out the shape

Step 5. Remove the leaves. Turn the glass bowl over and brush it with a thin layer of vegetable oil.

Deleting a sheet

Step 6. Gently lift the sheets and place them on the bowls.

Placing the dough on a buttered bowl

Placing the dough on a buttered bowl

Step 7. Place bowls of dough in an oven preheated to 250 degrees and leave them to bake for 2-3 hours.

Baking salty dough

Baking salty dough

Step 8. Take your pieces out of the oven and let them cool without removing from the bowls for about 15 minutes. Then gently lift the leaves and leave to cool completely..

Salted dough blanks

Blanks

Step 9. Once the bowls are cool, start painting. To do this, pour the paints of each color into cups and let the children mix them on their own and paint first the inside of the leaves, and then the outside. Salted dough crafts are rather fragile, so you need to paint them carefully, without pressure. Wait until the paint dries and, if desired, cover the bowls with a layer of PVA glue. It will give the craft a matte finish and make it a little stronger..

Painting a bowl of dough

Bowl painting

The shapes of the leaves can be different.

Salted dough leaves

Salted dough leaves

By the way, if you don’t want to mess with salty dough, then you can replace it with soft plasticine. The photo below shows an example of such a craft.

Autumn craft from plasticine

Autumn craft from plasticine

See also the material: How to make a candlestick with your own hands: 70 photos, 7 ideas and master classes.

Idea 6. Garland of felt

Felt, although not a natural material, makes the most autumn handicrafts from it. Today we offer you to make the simplest garland of felt leaves.

Autumn garland of felt

Materials:

  • Several sheets of felt of autumn colors;
  • Leg-split;
  • Scissors;
  • Glue;
  • Thick threads with a needle;
  • Pencil.

Instructions:

Step 1: Download and print the leaf templates (see the download template below), then cut and outline them.

Autumn leaf pattern for crafts

Click to download the template

Step 2. Cut the blanks.

Step 3. Sew the veins manually with large stitches.

Step 4. Now, keeping an equal interval, hang the leaves on the twine. To do this, wrap the tail of each leaf around the twine and fix it with glue. If you wish, you can sew on the details. Woo-ala, the autumn felt garland is ready!

Autumn garland of felt

Following the principles of this simple master class, you can create a variety of garlands with decorations in the form of acorns, cones, pumpkins, etc. The following selection of photos shows some examples of autumn felt garlands.

  • Halloween felt banner Halloween felt banner
  • Felt garland
  • Felt garland

See also the material: How to make a garland with your own hands.

How to dry leaves and flowers

Method 1. This method is suitable if you want to create panels, appliques or other non-volume crafts. Place the sheets or flowers between the pages of the book at a distance of about 3 mm from each other and transfer them to other pages every day (also observing the interval of 3 mm). Within a week, the paper will absorb all the moisture from the plants, and you can use them for creativity..

Method 2. If your craft does not involve the use of flat leaves, then you can dry them by simply bundling them up and hanging them upside down in a dry but ventilated area. At the same time, keep in mind that from the sun’s rays the leaves will lose their color completely, and in the shade they will retain.

Method 3. This method is suitable for drying and preserving the color of leaves and cornflowers. Blot fresh, freshly plucked leaves / cornflowers with a napkin if they are wet. Place each sheet between two layers of waxed paper and place a paper towel on top of the sandwich. Preheat the iron and make sure the steaming mode is off. Press the iron on a paper towel for 2-5 minutes. Flip the “sandwich” over and iron it again through a paper towel, then carefully remove the waxed paper.

  • To prevent dried leaves and flowers from breaking, they must be dipped in a solution of water and PVA glue, diluted in a 4: 1 ratio, and then left to dry..

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