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Autumn and Thanksgiving

The Art of Autumn

Easy Artwork for Fall

For those of us who like to change things up with the seasons, this is the time of year to bring out the cozy throws and replace the sheer summery curtains with drapes in warm shades like burgundy, deep green or whatever fall colour suits your décor. 

Our walls and tables get a makeover, too. Try these easy ideas to fill these spaces with the art of autumn.

A Banner Year

 



To make this 3-D wall hanging you will need:

- 1 roll of burlap (5-inches wide by 10 yards long  at Dollarama)
- 1 bag of faux acorns with pinecones (Dollarama)
- 1 roll floral wire (Dollar Tree)
- 2 scarecrow picks (or similar larger pieces- on hand)
- assorted faux leaves (on hand)
- hot glue gun

 

 

Cut a length of burlap about 35-inches long, including about 1-inch for each of the top and bottom borders. Fold the top and bottom borders over and hot glue onto the back of the banner. (Caution: do the hot gluing on a surface that can’t be damaged. It was easy to scrape excess hot glue off of my kitchen countertop) 

 

 

Break the picks off the scarecrows and center them on the burlap as the main elements, then hot glue them in place. Arrange your leaves and other decorations in in the spaces in between the scarecrows and at the top and bottom of the banner. When you’re happy with the arrangement, glue these in place.

 

 

Cut a length of floral wire, thread it through the top border of the banner and bend it into the shape of a hanger, making sure the ends are hidden inside the border. Add a bit of weight, such as a thin, heavy magnet to the bottom border so that the banner hangs straight.

Falling Leaves

 

For this picture you will need:

- 1 5x7- inch recessed frame 
- 1 package linen-like material (Dollarama)
- 4 faux leaves (on hand)
- stick-on letters in fall colours (Dollarama)

Line the inside of the frame backing with material. Stick letters onto each leaf to spell the word “fall” and glue the leaves onto the material in a way that suggests falling leaves. 

Sunny Disposition

 

For this project you will need:

- a 5x7-inch frame (on hand or dollar store)
- roll of burlap (Dollarama)
- 5 ˝-inch faux sunflower head (on hand)
- scissors
- hot glue (on hand)

Take the glass out of the frame and store or discard. Line the inside of the frame’s backing with burlap and glue in place. Replace backing in frame. 

 

 

Trim the stem on the back of the sunflower, so it will sit flatter and hot glue it to the middle of the burlap for a three dimensional piece of art.

Nuts for You

For this artwork you will need:

- 50 or more acorns (local greenspace)
- acrylic paints or nail polish in fall colours (acrylic paint on hand)
- an 8 by 10-inch frame with a 5 by 7” recessed opening at least 1-inch deep (on hand or from dollar store)
- faux oak leaves (on hand)
- glue gun (on hand)

First off, I gotta say that hand-painting 50 acorns isn’t my idea of a fun time. It’s tedious, messy and time-consuming. Most of the colours I used (green, red, yellow, orange and gold) required at least two and sometimes three coats of acrylic paint to cover properly and, of course, you have to wait for each coat of paint to dry before you can add another.

 

 

I used a wire plastic-coated basket on top of newspapers to sit the wet acorns in to dry and part way through the process, I thought to sit the wire basket on an air vent to help the drying process along. (Beware curious pets and young children.)

After the painting was done, I discovered that the only colour I really thought turned out nice was the gold, so I decided to paint the rest of them gold, too. After the first coat of gold paint, I liked the way the coloured acorns looked. One coat of gold paint subdued the garish colours and gave them a shimmery look, so I left them like that.

When the acorns are thoroughly dry, hot glue the caps back onto the ones that have lost theirs. Then, just load the acorns into the recessed opening in the frame and replace the back of the frame. There’s no need to cover the back of the frame as the acorns cover most of the surface.

 

Glue faux oak leaves to each corner of the frame as a finishing touch.








 

 


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