Celebrate Autumn with DIY Artwork

DIY Crafts

The leaves are turning colors, the nights are getting chilly and the Pumpkin Spice Latte is back. This can only mean one thing—fall is finally here!

To celebrate the changing of the seasons and the newly crunchy leaves, Country Woman—the #1 Country Lifestyle Magazine for women who live in or long for the country—has put together a collection of fantastic fall crafts you can make with your friends and your kids. Gather some fall leaves, a bundle of wheat stalks, some dried legumes and get ready for an autumn art extravaganza!

Here are a few of Country Woman’sfun fall craft projects with simple step-by-step instructions:

  • Harvest Frames: Welcome the whimsy of fall by using dried legumes—beans, lentils or split peas—to add color and texture to otherwise boring wooden picture frames. Spice up your traditional frames with a little paint, a little glue and a lot of legumes! This quick and easy craft will turn your adorable photos into autumnal artwork. For a full list of materials and instructions, please visit: http://www.countrywomanmagazine.com/project/bean-and-seed-diy-frame/
  • Decoupaged Wood Trays: Turn plain wooden trays into eye-catching accents for a coffee table or to mount on your wall, using card stock and decoupage glue. If you’d like, add your favorite photos or a seasonal saying. Make these festive trays waterproof by adding a coat of clear polyurethane varnish, and voila—a serving tray for holiday parties! For more details, please visit: http://www.countrywomanmagazine.com/project/decoupaged-wood-tray/
  • Wheat Sheaf Centerpiece: Symbolizing the bounty, a wheat sheaf is the perfect table decoration for autumn and Thanksgiving. This simple craft only requires three items—wheat stalks, a twist tie and taffeta. You can cut wheat stalks yourself, buy them from a farmer’s market or craft store, or order online from a site like wheatdesignsbylindabisnett.com. For more details on this classy yet cost efficient craft, please visit: http://www.countrywomanmagazine.com/project/wheat-sheaf-centerpiece/
  • Pressed Leaves: You can capture autumn’s fleeting beauty one leaf at a time by using them to decorate pictures, cards and scrapbooks. Go on the hunt for the best specimens—leaves that are still soft and supple, not curled and dry. Take a brisk fall walk in the park, a forest or your own backyard and gather a handful of leaves you can hold on to for years to come! For a full list of materials and instructions: http://www.countrywomanmagazine.com/project/how-to-press-leaves/

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