I wanted to share a lovely new eBook with you called The Artful Year Autumn! It is written by Jean who blogs at The Artful Parent and it is filled with all kinds of projects and recipes for the fall season including Halloween and Thanksgiving.
You'll find some old favorites like leaf suncatchers and Autumn leaf rocks along with new ideas such as a cardboard haunted house and yarn spider webs. Everything is simple and doable for multiple ages so these are great family projects. Jean gently guides you with directions, recommendations, and tips; I love the one about baking your acorns before using them!
As soon as the leaves I've been collecting are pressed, we are going to draw on them and make a Fall Leaf Mandala! So pretty!
I hope you will check out The Artful Year Autumn and support someone who has contributed so much to the children's art and craft community. At only $9.99 for 78 pages of autumn goodness, it's a great deal too!
Disclosure: I am an affiliate of The Artful Year but my opinions are my own and very sincere :)
Hello everyone! Aren't the colors of fall just beautiful? Our autumn passes pretty quickly so I try to enjoy it as much as I can before it is all covered in snow. The golden yellow aspens and ruby maples inspired the idea and colors for this lantern project that I created with supplies from Martha Stewart Crafts.
Not too long ago I received a very generous box of supplies featuring the new glass paint line and gobs of stencils and silkscreens. Believe me, there is no better gift for a crafter than a box of craft supplies! I had a lot of fun trying out the glass paint with the stencils and silkscreens which was a first for me. The system is ingenious and it is so simple to get really beautiful results even for a beginner.
The stencils and silkscreens have a reuseable adhesive backing so you can just stick them on whatever you want to customize, then paint, peel, wash, and use again. I have had new purpose in my thrift store outings looking for glass and ceramic ware!
One of the items I received was paintable plastic! I thought this was the most child-friendly item and came up with this simple Splat O'Lantern for you and your kids to enjoy making together! The ones above were made by my nephew, and my sons and I.
The painting is done on a flat surface and once they're dry you roll them into a tube to make a beautiful lantern!
You can also slip them over a glass jar for a pretty vase! You don't have to use this splatter method, of course, but it works well for kids of all ages, and kids who are not confident in their artistic skills.
1. Cover your surface with newspaper and cover any clothing you don't want to be splattered with paint.
2. Use a full size plastic sheet (8" x 10") for a tall lantern or cut the plastic sheet in half vertically for a smaller lantern.
3. Place a bit of each paint color onto a non-porous surface. I covered a paper plate with plastic wrap.
4. Wet your paint brush and mix a bit of the water into the paint so it is thin enough for splattering.
5. Fill your brush with watered down paint. Holding your brush firmly with one hand, use a finger of your other hand to tap on the brush so the paint pops off the brush onto your plastic sheet. By holding the brush just above the surface of the plastic you can eliminate some excess splatter.
6. Continue adding colors until you are satisfied with how it looks. If you want to add some glitter paint, do this last.
Let it dry.
7. Curl the plastic sheet into a tube, overlap the edges and stick together with glue dots.
You can use clothespins to help hold it together until the glue dots take over
*Use only battery operated tea lights because heat from a real candle will melt the plastic!
Besides a lantern or a vase, they also look pretty standing all by themselves or stuck flat to a window as a sun catcher.
Variation: For the pumpkin, cut out shapes from the glass patterning tape and use as a mask when painting.