As we slowly return to our winter hibernation, escaping the rain and the cold, there’s no better time to snuggle up at home with a wee DIY project. Here, you need to look no further than to nature itself for inspiration. Autumn is bursting with golden colours and as the trees so gallantly drop their gifts for us, there’s no excuse not to take good use of it. So with a basket in hand, head out a lovely COVID friendly walk and collect some of those goodies.
When back at home, it’s time to assess your findings and get all creative. Only your imagination sets the limits. However, if your imagination has been dropped off in your childhood; no need to panic, we got you! Below are a few ideas to get you started:
What you need:
- Clay or soil
- Fruits, nuts, pine cones, small branches (anything nature decides to drop really)
- Plate, bowl or a piece of wood (you can be creative with your base)
- Glitter and glue (optional)
Many associate these simple decorations with Christmas, but with all the nuts and fruits so easily available, I see no point in waiting about. And who cares about norms anyway. So head to a woodland area for the greatest variety of nuts and fruit. Personally, I am a big fan of oak trees and acorns, always reminded me of tiny heads with cute fitting hats. When home, put your findings aside for a few days to fully dry – you wouldn’t like your decoration to go mouldy after all. Then it’s time to put your masterpiece together. On your plate/bowl/you-name-it form a base using either clay or soil. In the middle place the candle and ensure it is securely in place. Then add all your findings in whatever way you find suiting. Just be mindful of pointing all leafy branches away from the candle, safety first. If you wish to add a little more sparkle to your decoration, why not add a little glitter to some pine cones perhaps?
What you need:
- Blank paper cards or simply carton
- Colourful leaves
- Thick book
- Pens/stamps/glitter/decorative paper (whatever you have in your creative drawer)
In these distant COVID times, there’s something even more charming about handmade letters adding that little personal touch. Here, you simply need to spot the most colourful tree around and pick the nicest leaves you can find. When back home, immediately pop the leaves into a thick book and let them sit for a few days. If the leaves are fairly wet, dry then off with some kitchen roll. If you wait too long with flattening the leaves, they may go dry and simply break into pieces when you try to straighten them out. When the leaves are fully dry and flat, it’s time to assemble the cards. Use decorative paper, glitter or colourful pens. Whatever you find suiting really. Let your inner artist out, we’re sure the result will be splendid!