Where is summer running off to in such a hurry? Even though I'm a bit sad to see another season come to a close, I'm quietly giddy about the return of autumn. I can't help myself, I'm just so in love with the season. Big scarves, chilly breeze, pumpkin-flavored everything... it's hands-down the best season ever. While there are still a few weeks remaining until fall is officially here, I've got just the project to start you transitioning. If you too are excited about hearing the crunch of leaves under your feet, here are some fall iPhone case designs that are free to print and easy to use.
I've seen this phrase tumbling around on the internet for a while now: "Plant Lady is the New Cat Lady." To that I say, why not both? I only say that because I am a die-hard cat lover who has recently discovered her love of indoor jungles. The good news is you can totally go crazy in both cat and plant departments - you just have to be smart about it. There are plenty of easily-accessible houseplants out there that are non-toxic to both cats...
Fun fact: Autumn Leaves was the first jazz standard I learned on guitar back in high school, when I though learning to play jazz guitar would make me cool and get girlfriends. It's a pretty basic song, and a good one to teach a 15-year-old me how to do a chord melody, which, on a guitar, is where you play a song's chords and melody at the same time, and ... hey, isn't this supposed to be a DIY blog!?
Right. So, anyway (no, I didn't...
I took a bunch of different printmaking classes in college, but this technique still blows my mind! No fancy presses, machines, or chemicals required -- just regular old gelatin. Amazing, right?
Yes, I've been on a fall leaf kick lately, with a leaf runner and coordinating napkin rings already adorning my dining space. Now I feel like I'm gravitating to all things fall leaves, but how can I not when I find simple, striking projects like this to add to my "to do" list?
Do you have stepping stones in your yard? I've seen so many varieties, but can't ever seem to commit to a design or pattern, color or style. But as soon as I saw this DIY project I knew I'd met my match.
This is one of the most interesting techniques I've come across in a very long time. Heather figured out a way to turn leaves into skeletons of their former selves. Perfect for display in floating frames
The leaves on my trees are loveliest when their hosts succumb to approaching slumber, and I can think of no better way to preserve their beauty than by mod-podging the hell out of them. Here's
This leaf mobile is great way to pay homage to fall--as well as decorate for the season. Most of what you'll need to make it you can find in your yard. Don't have a yard? No biggie. Just swing by a park on your way home.
In certain parts of the world, the earth is being blanketed by fallen leaves. Leaves so beautiful, they deserve framing. Country Living gives us some ideas on how this might look. If you'd like to create some art using leaves as a medium, here are a few things that will make your project a success:
According to the Havekosts, making decorative concrete leaves for your garden is inexpensive and quite easy. And the outcome....fantastic! What you'll need to make one of your own includes:
Wendy over at Build/Make/Craft/Bake shows us how to pound out nature's perfect art-leaves and flowers-with a ball-peen hammer,
First we had aluminum can Christmas ball and now this. Using real leaves, the maker begins by simply tracing them onto cut-opened and flatted aluminum cans. A bit of raffia on to top for hanging is a perfect touch.
What you'll need to make them:
- Empty aluminum beverage cans
- pen or pencil
- ribbon, raffia or cord for hanging.
What you'll need to do:
Head on over to Little House in the Suburbs for the entire tut.
When you think of fall, the first thing that probably comes to mind is leaves succumbing to the season. Luscious reds, golds, browns and even aubergines. A great way to bring these gems indoors is to make a pressed leaf tray, which, sans handles, could also be reinterpreted into wall art. The materials you’ll need to make one include:
- Serving tray or picture frame in desired size
- One set of handles, if using a picture frame to make a tray
This is a really quick, easy and inexpensive way to create images pretty enough for framing.
- Acrylic craft paint (I used a luscious turquoise)
- White acrylic spray paint
- A paint brush
- Something to serve as a canvas like a piece of plywood or MDF
- Several leaves from an indoor or outdoor plant (for the picture above, I used silk leaves purchased at my local craft store
- Paint your ‘canvas’ with a...
The weather is playing tricks on you: the leaves are sorta changing, and it's getting dark at 7:30, yet it remains 95-degrees throughout most of the day. Check out Betz White's attempt to make up some fall on her own.
"I've been sprinkling the felted acorns all around the house to see where they might bring us a little autumnal cheer."