Yay! It’s here! Fall has finally “arrived”. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still going to be 91 degrees outside today but at least we can officially start our fall crafts, eek! For this first day of Fall, I thought i’d make a simple “Hello Fall” sign. I’ll leave the Autumn wreath for a cooler day 🙂
This super easy fall craft can be made with items you probably already have in your backyard. My parents have a large Magnolia tree outside the front of their home, so when the leaves started turning I collected some of the big leaves. As it often goes, I didn’t know what I wanted to make with them, but the more I thought about it the more I wanted to use them as a way to introduce the season. Add a big stick and some pinecones and you’ve got a sign!
To start off you’ll want to collect these items:
- Small branch of tree (about 15 inches long)
- small pinecones
- leaves from any type of tree
And you’ll also need these items:
- Hot glue gun
- String and/or twine
- “Hello Fall” printed on computer paper
- Cardboard (like from a cereal box)
- paint in White and Gold (or colors you’d like)
- Small squirrel ornament
OK! So to start off print the words “Hello Fall’ from your computer onto regular printer paper. Now it depends on how big your branch is, but my letters were sized about 300-350. Go ahead and cut them out from the computer paper and place them on your opened cardboard box. Of course you can skip this step all together by printing on thick cardstock- but I’m all out!
Trace the letters and cut them out from the cardboard.
Now, grab your gold and white paint. This is the gold I use:
And paint your letters! I painted the “Fall” gold, and the “hello” white but you can do it anyway you’d like!
Now- make sure that after you paint you move the letters off of the cardboard to dry. Otherwise, they will get stuck and you’ll have to peel them off without tearing. Not fun, believe me!
Okay so while those are drying, move onto the next thing. Painting your leaves!
Now, it’s up to you, but I added the gold paint to my leaves so that when they sway and move they have a little more shimmer and shine to them. I think next time I may use gold glitter.
You can also take time to make them really shine by buffering them with a little coconut oil. Works like a charm.
Alright- your letters should be dry enough to place on your branch so plug in your hot glue gun and grab your branch.
Mine measures roughly around 15 inches.
Begin hot gluing your letters onto the branch, making sure to space them out evenly.
It should like this when done.
This is also when you add your chipmunk/squirrel figure to the branch! I bought mine at a craft store – there is a ton of stuff right now!
They came in pairs- here is the brown one. Ain’t he cute??
Ok so, once you glue the little guy on, grab your twine to make the hanging string.
This is what I use, but honestly you can use the same string that you’ll use for gluing the letters. I tied my twine on each end of my stick and also put a few dabs of hot glue on it, just in case.
Now you can start gluing your string onto your leaves. You can make the strings any length that you want- I went for several different lengths.
I hot glued onto the back knowing that they will twist and sway anyway they want! And oh they do.
Go ahead and hot glue onto the stick as well. You can tie the string onto the stick but I found that the letters tend to get in the way, so I just hot glued it.
Now pull out your pinecones.
I wish I could say that I found my cones and little seeds/nuts outside but nope, I picked them up a craft store last year.
They are pretty tiny!
Once you glue your leaves you can glue the pinecones just like you did the leaves.
Add as many or as little as you like!
And the last thing to do is step back and admire your sign!
Here is one with the leaves all in the right direction, hehe.
Well, there it is! It’s super easy and a great little way to welcome in the season!
I actually can’t wait to show you guys some bigger fall crafts for the home- but this was just a little taste test for October. Hope this made your day!