After the post about our Great River Road bus tour, I've had a lot of people ask how to make the pins we gave to our riders. The really were easy to make and would be perfect for Thanksgiving favors, a tag, or to fill a bowl. So here you go ... this is what you have to do.
What you'll need:
- Premade burlap leaves ... I got mine at Hobby Lobby but you could also die cut some from burlap, use paper, or pull leaves from a garland
- Acrylic paint ... mustard yellow, deep red, dark green, orange
- Fluffy brush ... I found mine in the kid's crafts at Michaels
- Glitter spray
- Scrapbook paper
- Autumn sentiment stamp
- Black ink pad
- Orange glitter fibers ... I found some in the yarn department
- 1 1/4" pin backs
- Glue dots, hot glue, paper crafting tools
Protect your surface with plastic before you begin ... it's messy! Start by using a fluffy brush to pat on a base coat of paint on top of the burlap leaves. Mix the bases up so that there are some of each color. Let some of the burlap show through.
Using all of the colors, pat on paint here and there to give the leaves a mottled appearance. Make sure the base coat is dry. If you've put on too much, wipe your brush on a paper towel and pat over those areas before they dry. Drag a brush with just a small amount of paint down the center of the leaf. Think about how leaves look when they fall from the trees ... that's what you're aiming for.
Spray with glitter spray to add some sparkle. Put a few leaves in a box with sides. Make sure you open a window or do this outside! If your leaves had stems, use a needlenose pliers to twist them into a loop so you won't get poked when they are worn.
While the glitter is drying, stamp your phrase on to scapbook paper, using an acrylic base. I found it was easier to rotary cut my paper first and then stamp. Cut your paper to match the size of your stamp.
Notch one end of the tag and punch two holes close together in the other end. I used the smallest setting on my Crop-A-Dile.
Tie the tag on to the stem of the leaf with several layers of your glittery yarn. Don't pull so tight that you rip the tag. Add a glue dot farther down the tag to anchor it to the leaf.
Use hot glue to attach a pinback to the back of the pin. Skip this step if they are party favors or bowl fillers.
That's it! Make some leaves for when you and your friends go out for leaf peeping and lunch!