Happy fall neighbors! Summer is FINALLY over! As a winter loving person, I am so happy it’s sweater season again. The fall leaves are gorgeous in New England. It’s tourist season here in the Berks and all the “leafers” are out taking photos. So, I thought you might want an easy way to preserve those lovely leaves! No wax is required. You can use this technique to make wreaths and a variety of other crafts. The leaves won’t age or fall apart and they are water resistant. Here’s what you will need:
2 Packages of hot glue sticks
Hot glue gun
Parchment paper (NOT WAX PAPER! It will stick!)
Leaves (Real, paper or fabric) *Printable templates at the bottom of the page. Fabric leaves are available at the Dollar Tree.
Jewelry findings (Contact me if you need some. Info below)
Metallic paint (I used Rub n’ Buff) Acrylic works fine. Permanent markers get gummy on the silicone, so avoid those. You can also use nail polish or gold leafing. If in a pinch, you can add some metallic eye shadow to the clear nail polish for a metallic look.
Broken jewelry, rhinestones, etc for decoration
I painted some resin cabs to make the ladybugs. The pendants are attached to gold bead necklaces I sell. I attached the leaves to a bead from the necklace in the next photo and added wires to make the earrings. I attached the leaves to a pre-made necklace. I attached the leaves to some jewelry findings and added beads from a broken necklace. Here are the finished pieces.
That’s it! I’m sure you already know this but, I keep these DIY projects simple so you can do them with your kids or while watching a movie. I see no reason to spend a bunch of money on something until you know you like doing it. Then, you can buy the fancy materials. Let me know how you like the segments and what you’d like to see. Christmas is coming so I’ll be back on Friday, December 3rd for a holiday show. As always, if you need some jewelry findings, let me know. I can send you whatever you need. This is free for Mass Appeal viewers in Massachusetts. Out of state people pay $10 for shipping and supplies. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great month and I’ll see you soon.
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