DIY – Fall Leaf Bowl
|October 16, 2012||Posted by bett4293 under Crafts, Decorating, Fall, home organization|
A couple of years ago, I purchased a package of artificial fall leaves from the dollar store for the kids to do a project with. I drew a tree trunk on poster board and they glued the leaves on. We hung it on the wall so it would seem like fall even though it was still very hot here. As I was unpacking plastic bins of fall decorations, I found the package of those leaves. Remembering a tissue paper bowl project I did with the kids a few years ago from Family Fun, I decided to make a fall leaf bowl. I can’t believe how well it turned out!
What I used:
Artificial fall leaves
How I did it:
1. I prepped the bowl I was using as my mold. I did this by spraying the outside of the bowl with cooking spray, then covering it with plastic wrap. This protected by bowl and prevented the leaves from adhering to it. When the leaves were dry, they easily removed from the plastic wrap.
2. I decided which leaves I wanted to use and in what order I wanted to apply them to get the end result I was looking for.
3. I turned the prepped bowl upside down. I began placing the leaves on to the bowl and “painting” them with the fabric stiffener. I used A LOT of fabric stiffener and painted it on thick to make sure it fully saturated the leaves.
4. I continued “painting” on the leaves until I had the design I wanted. I made sure there were no gaps in the leaves and that the entire bowl was covered.
5. I put another coat of the fabric stiffener over all the leaves that covered the bowl.
6. I let it dry over night.
7. The next day I separated the leaves from the plastic wrap and the fall leaf bowl.
Tips I learned along the way:
1. Don’t use a flour and water mixture as the glue to bind the leaves. First, I tried to make this project with the same flour and water mixture we used in the tissue paper bowl project. This process did not dry clear and it was hard to see the leaves through the dried paste.
2. Use thinner leaves that are porous for better results. I tried this project also with bigger leaves I found at Michael’s; but they were made out of material that was too thick. The fabric stiffener was unable to penetrate the material and bind it together.
3. Use plastic wrap not wax paper. The fabric stiffener I used recommended that I use wax paper; but the leaves stuck to the wax paper as they were drying. When I tried this with the flour water mixture and plastic wrap, there was absolutely no sticking of the leaves to the plastic wrap.
4. Use a serving bowl as your mold. I plan on using the leaf bowl as a cover for my serving bowl at Thanksgiving to make it festive. You can see how it transforms the bowl.
5. This fall leaf bowl is not for food. It is for decoration only.
I would love to hear about and see photos of any fall projects you are working on!