Here in the USA we celebrate a holiday called Thanksgiving. This day, filled with stuffing our faces with turkey, potatoes, cranberries, and more, and spending time with family, is smack-dab between Halloween and Christmas. For people is many other countries, they can begin the transition into the festive times, but here in America, we have to hold onto autumn a bit longer. Sure it is still autumn everywhere in the northern hemisphere until December 21st, but honestly I'd like to start getting ready for the holidays and welcoming the winter season. However, I must restrain that urge for one more week until after Thanksgiving.
Though getting ready for Thanksgiving is enjoyable, it just isn't the same as Christmas time. This is probably because I tend to not decorate for Thanksgiving nearly as much as I do for Christmas. This year I've made it my mission to (pumpkin) spice it up by garnishing everything with autumnal pieces! Rather than just toss store bought items around my house, I've taken the initiative to create a few bits even. That being said, I want to share one of the pieces I made over the weekend, and steps so you can make it yourself! And if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, but live in the northern hemisphere, remember that it’s still autumn, so this craft is for you, too! :)
Matte Mod Podge
Scissors and/or pliers
1. If your leaves aren't already individual, cut them so they are, and then put them in a pile to the side. Use the pliers if there is metal within the plastic stems and scissors if not.
*Be sure to have plenty of leaves available. It's better to have extra than not enough! I gathered around 30 and used all but a few. My leaves were on the smaller size, too, so how many you use is dependent on that.
2. Blow up a balloon and place it in your bowl. The bowl acts as a place to keep the balloon stabilized as you're gluing the leaves together.
3. Begin gluing the leaves onto the balloon and to each other using the Mod Podge and foam brush.
*Note: I made the leaves appear ombred. I arranged them by having the darker ones at the bottom of the bowl and the lighter ones around the edge. Do as you please!
4. If you end up being like me and use A LOT of Mod Podge, let the leaves dry for 2 days or until there is no white showing. (Unlike in the photo below :P)
5. Pop the balloon!
6. Trim the excess glue off with scissors and yer done!!
*Here's a picture that shows the ombre effect better.
Hope you enjoyed this DIY! Let me know if you try it!
Have a lovely day and stay fabulous!!