Sunday, September 9, 2012

Fall Project for the Front Door

Have you ever gotten an idea for a craft project, and it seemed like it took forever?  Well, when the gift of patience was "passed out", I must have been out to lunch, because I'm awful at making things that take a lot of time, or require repetitive tasks.
Having said that, you probably wonder why I did this Fall craft project for the inside of my front door...


...I got an idea to make leaves from an old paperback book, and attach them to a vine, to wrap around the twiggy cone... 
it sounded easy enough at the time, and I could whip out this craft project in no time...


...so, I started cutting leaves...and I cut leaves..all yesterday afternoon and part of last night...and again this morning...and I was cutting six at time...


... I ripped off the leaves from an old garland, and cut the garland to fit the top of the twig cone. 
Then, I hot glued the paper leaves to the little plastic parts where the original leaves were attached...sandwiching two leaves together.


They're a little hard to see, but I glued some acorns to the spots that needed filling in...oh, and I left some of the small leaves on the garland for a bit more color. Then, I added three faux hydrangeas. I would have liked dried hydrangeas, but none were to be had this year, so faux it was.

Then, I wrapped a brown satin ribbon around the cone to hang it, and added some twigs from the yard. Done! Whew! 
I'm liking the Fall cone now that I'm finished with it, and I'm liking the soft creams and browns for now. I'm not quite ready for reds and oranges just yet, and I've definitely had my fill of cutting out paper leaves. :)
Hope y'all had a great weekend.
Hugs,
Babs

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36 comments:

Denise said...

I love this!So nice!

Sharing Shadymont said...

So sweet! I'm the same way. Quick projects are my favorite.

Have a great week!

Ron said...

Love the leaves. Great idea.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

I love it Babs! That looks so pretty!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Babs, this is really pretty. You did a great job!

Katherine Wolak said...

wow... just...wow.. That is one fantastic door decoration!!! Win!

Hugs,

Honey at 2805 said...

I definitely has a wow factor! Lovely, Babs!

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

At least the project turned out great after the tedious leaf cutting. You wouldn't want a time consuming bust!

Infuse With Liz said...

I'm with you...I didn't get that patience button either! Your project turned out great! I like the light coloring and the twigs coming out the top! It's totally original! Seems like you could pop in the fall tones later on and keep it going!

Sylvia said...

Love your inside door piece!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Oh I love those leaves, what a great idea! What a way to welcome guests.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my word, I think it is stunning. Love this idea and so soft creams and brown are so beautiful. I am definitely into more subtle. Love it. Hugs, Marty

Alycia Nichols said...

SUPER fabulous, Babs!!!!!!! I'm with you...if it's going to take a long time, require a lot of "craft knowledge", or cause me to have to break out a hot glue gun, I'm not likely to follow through! You did a wonderful job, though, and I commend you for hangin' in there!!!

On Crooked Creek said...

Babs,
Lovin' your leafy cone!!! The twigs totally set it off!!! Fall done subtly! Magnificient!!!
Fondly,
Pat

Kelly said...

I ADORE this! I really do. First of all I like the brown and cream colors used. I love twigs and I love old book pages, so the combination is wonderful. I just bought a new magazine called Christmas Ideas from BHG and they showed this very type of project making leaves out of book pages. I love how it looks. May need to give this project a try myself.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

I really like this Babs! I somehow missed the patience when it was passed out too. So I probably won't be making one of these even though I have the dried hydrangeas.

Sarah said...

Babs, this is a darling idea. I still want to make a wreath out of book pages and still looking for a flat basket to hang on our door.
Thanks for the inspiration! ~ Sarah

Mary said...

Babs~ Your leaf cutting paid off! I love the soft tones and the hydrangeas paired with the book pages!

Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

This is so lovely...Love the mixture of textures in this arrangement! Well done!

Robin from highpointcircle.blogspot said...

I love your new leaves! How original, and that's not so easy.

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Katie Drane said...

I'm so glad that I'm following you! What a clever idea and it turned out beautifully. Found you on Make It Pretty Monday:)

Katie
www.funhomethings.com

chateau chic said...

I love your fall cone! The page leaves are wonderful. So unique and creative!
Mary Alice

Rhonda said...

I felt that way when I was making one of those crazy coffee filter wreaths!! I didn't think I would ever fill in all of the spaces!!!
Your patience paid off - it turned out lovely.
Rhonda

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

Love your door decoration! It looks lovely!

Barb @ The Everyday Home (formerly Grits and Glamour) said...

OMG this is just beautiful. I can visualize you siting there for hours on end cutting away. LOVE this.

SavannahGranny said...

Babs, This is soooo beautiful. I am glad you decided to go thru with it. Now, you wanna make some paper roses?
Love to you, Ginger

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

How pretty, Babs! I love the addition of the book page leaves! I understand the work involved since I have started a project using them and can't seem to make myself finish! lol Hope you are having a great week!...hugs...Debbie

Maria Elena said...

Babs, it is so pretty! You did a wonderful job on this project! Love the leaves!

House on the Way said...

Love it! How clever and cute! I'd like to invite you to share this at my linky party, Twirl & Take a Bow at www.houseontheway.com. I think it'd make a great addition!
Leslie

A Walk in the Countryside said...

I love it! The leaves might have been time consuming but the end product is gorgeous! I'm a new follower!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

It was so worth it!!!!!! I am in love with this! It's different and unique and I love the soft colors. Pinning and thanking you for the leaf ideas! xoxo
P.S. I would be happy to send you some dried hydrangeas. My email is over on my blog sidebar.

The French Hutch said...

Babs, this is gorgeous! I love your project and you make it look easy although I'm sure it wasn't. The idea for the leaves is my favorite part. Beautiful, beautiful……..Great post and tutorial…

~Emily
The French Hutch

Daphne Bryson said...

Babs, I think you do have a lot of patience, because you completed your project! I love the tones of brown and cream and I loved the paper leaves. It is a very unique wreath as I haven't seen one like it. Best Wishes Daphne

Debt Free Mommy said...

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Sandy said...

Looks wonderful, great ideal.
Thanks for sharing.
Sandy