Hey crafty friends, Gina Crotchfelt here. The air is crisp where I am and Fall is definitely upon us. To get in the mood, I used Maymay’s new stamp set “Let’s Make Tiny Friends” and a few others to create a cute, Autumn home décor project.
I started with 3 plain wood ornaments
and painted each with craft paint (orange – pumpkin, tan – scarecrow, brown – turkey). Instead of wood circles, you could use chipboard circles or circles punched out of cardstock.
Next I used different pieces from “Let’s Make Tiny Friends” to create the faces on each piece.
This set has so many different buildable pieces, that the possibilities are endless. And, it comes in two sizes so there is so much versatility. As you can see, I had fun playing with all these pieces. I varied the features of my different characters and even used an “eyebrow” to make the turkey’s gobbler and one of the mouths to make the vines on the pumpkin stem. I used a black fine tip marker to draw out the shape of the turkey’s head and added details like the dashes around the circular shape of the pumpkin and the scarecrow.
I stamped the turkey’s feathers with a stamp from the coordinating, larger set called “Let’s Make Friends,” using a stamp that is meant to be a carrot nose. Once the faces were stamped, using the outlines of the stamped images, I painted in different details on each piece. On the pumpkin I painted in the green stem. (I used the small carrot nose to stamp the stem.) On the scarecrow, I painted his hat yellow and nose orange. And lastly on the turkey, I painted in his different colored feathers and a red gobbler. Once dry, I used a white pen to add details to each.
When I laid each piece on the jute ribbon to make a hanging decoration, it seemed like it was missing something. So I used all the leaf stamps from “Blessings” to create embellishments to surround each piece. I stamped them on various colored cardstocks using black VersaFine ink and then fussy cut each one.
I glued the leaves around the bottom half of each wood piece. I tied a small piece of twine through the hole on each character. I was about ready to put all the pieces together but it was missing something.
It needed a sentiment at top so I used the “Happy Fall Y’all” banner stamp from the “Happy Fall” stamp set. This is another set that has a great variety of leaves, but I needed bigger ones for this project. I stamped the banner in Spiced Marmalade Distress
Ink and added black dashes to outline it. I added a few leaves to it that I had stamped and cut out earlier.
Once I had all my elements ready to go, it was time to put this wall hanger together. I cut a 15” piece of 5/8” wide natural jute ribbon. In order to make it sturdier to hold the wood pieces, I glued each one onto the jute by sandwiching the jute between a piece of chipboard and the wood piece. I used the same technique to adhere the banner at top. Once dry, I folded the top piece of jute over and adhered it to the back of the banner, once again using chipboard to sandwich it. Finally, I tied a small piece of twine, looped through the top to hang with. I hope you enjoyed my project as much as I enjoyed making it. Stay tuned for more fun projects coming your way!