Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Crafting On {& an Autumn Leaves Mobile Tutorial}

The act of creating, in one form or another, preserves my sanity amongst the chaos of life. This explains why I always have more than one project going at a time as well as why my housework tends to fall behind. I enjoy seeing what others are working on and keeping calm with, too. What are you creating? What is keeping you going? Snap a picture or two, post it on your blog, on Instagram #craftingon and/or Flickr and then share it with the rest of us by leaving your link below.

crafting on autumn leaves mobile tutorial
Hello, hello! For this week's crafting on I thought I would share a little project the children and I made on Monday - an autumn leaves wall hanging/mobile. It was super easy to make and very inexpensive (especially since we already had all the supplies on hand). I am sure you can figure it out by looking at the photos but I thought I would share this simple tutorial just in case.

What you will need:

- a somewhat straight stick sturdy enough to hold the weight of the beeswaxed leaves
- a collection of beeswaxed leaves*
- string, thread, hemp cord or soft jute cord (we had the soft jute cord on hand and used that.)

Step one: Tie one end of a single piece of jute cord (at a length of your preference) to one end of the stick with a square knot. Take the other end of the cord and tie it to the other end of the stick in the same manner.

Step two: Lay out your leaves underneath the stick. Move them around until you find a pattern that is pleasing. I tried to make mine hang as if they were falling from the trees above.

Step three: Cut a piece of jute cord for each leaf at the length that you have them placed plus 1 - 2" for your square knots. Tie you leaf onto one end of the cord and then tie the other end of the cord onto the stick in the place you reserved for it. Repeat until you have all of your leaves tied on. Trim any lose ends and hang it up. If you hang it on your wall away from indirect sunlight it may very well last all of autumn and then some.

Enjoy!

*You can find my original tutorial for dipping leaves in beeswax here and examples of what to do with your leaves here, here and here (I know I have more but that was all I could find).

Autumn Leaves Mobile Tutorial

What are you working on? Happy creating!

p.s. - I would love to see any autumn leaves wall hangings/mobiles you create! Please share them here or on Instagram

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