Watching the autumn leaves dancing in the wind, the colorful trees glittering like flames, smelling the fragrances of Indian summer can give you the most inspiring ideas of making handmade presents to preserve the beauty of autumn and pass it over to your beloved!
“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.” - Jim Bishop
Autumn is one of the best times of the year for you to demonstrate your creativity. This season offers a lot of natural materials from which you can make interesting crafts. To occupy yourself and your children, you can make original and beautiful crafts made of the plentiful supplies the autumn season offers. Fruits, vegetables, cones, pebbles, leaves, acorns and seashells and many other things that nature gives us are suitable for this.
Autumn provides resources for creative work very generously. Their variety of colors and shapes cannot be compared to any artificially made set for crafts.
What does autumn give us?
Dry leaves. First of all, there is a large number of leaves of different shades of red, gold, and orange. This is a real treasure for creativity.
Cones. In park areas, you can collect pine and fir cones. Also, you can get a lot of material while gathering mushrooms in the woods.
Pebbles and sand. Of course, they can be collected not only in autumn, but they can greatly enhance your handmade works.
Acorns. A real find for fans of autumn crafts.
Fir and pine needles, ash-tree and maple seeds, nuts and seeds of melons, sunflowers and pumpkins are also very necessary for making crafty gifts.
In the parks and forests in autumn, there are amazing specimens of moss and bark tree, as well.
Bird feathers. If you are lucky enough you can find astonishing bird feathers during your walks in nature.
Collect all of the listed materials every time you walk in the park or forest, hunting for mushrooms, or hiking in search of beautiful landscapes. You have to be attentive, sometimes priceless treasures can be found right at your feet.
In addition, such activities help develop logical and creative vision in children and adults. They enjoy crafting from natural materials, and can spend a long time creating real masterpieces.
The most common autumn crafty gifts are pictures made from dry leaves, along with autumn candles and lamps, baskets from cones, photo frames from seashells, leaves or sticks, accessory hangers and a lot of other things.
Wind chimes from natural materials
Very simple in making but really extraordinary gift from natural materials is a wind chime.
Paint some elements (pebbles and seashells) of the future wind chimes, if there is such a need. Tie two sticks like the cross and tie the center of this cross with a twine. Cut 9 twine strings of the desired length and start to string beads or other details on it. By the way, especially sonorous elements should be placed opposite each other, so that their tinkling in the wind can be heard better. At the end of each string you should tie a knot. After each thread is finished, tie them to the crossed sticks.
Bouquets of narrow long dried flowers and branches can be hung "upside down", fastened with a band. If you add a couple of cinnamon sticks to the composition, you will get a great fragrance in the room.
«Sky» from leaves
You can hang lots of leaves, each on a separate rope, from the ceiling. Such decor will look organic both above the table in the dining area or the crib in the nursery.
If you put a light garland in a basket with cones and leaves, you will get an amazing lamp that looks like nothing you’ve seen before. You can add volume and lightness to the composition with the help of transparent balls of twine.
Handmade crafts are the best gifts. They reveal the beauty of nature, enclosing a part of the soul in each of them. Such gifts are so special, and every time you look at them, you feel the warmth, kindness, and comfort coming from nature itself.