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Friday, October 12, 2012

Day 12 ~ Fun Fall Crafts For Kids

Do your kids help you decorate for fall? Since mine were home from school this week we enjoyed several fun fall activities.

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To kick things off for a fun fabulous fall week we went to Disneyland. Let me tell you, the happiest place on earth delivers some of the happiest inspiration for fall.

Every inch of the park was covered in holiday happiness.

I had a few ideas up my sleeve so that the return to our own castle wouldn’t be too much of a letdown.

We took a trip to our local pumpkin patch and selected some perfect specimens for carving and made time to meander through a corn maze. Yummy cider was enjoyed, as well as the making of the annual pumpkin roll.

pumpkin roll

We all agreed that our dining room table could use a bit more autumnal décor. I scrounged through the very last of my fall décor and could only find a bag of dried acorn caps. Hmmmm. Pinterest to the rescue.

I found cool things like candles…

acorn candle caps

… clay acorns

pretty colored clay in acorn caps

… velvet acorns ...

… and of course a cornucopia of felted acorns.

felted balls with acorn caps

Well, I didn’t have any good sources for velvet and learned that felted wool is really expensive. But then I had an “a ha” moment.

What about wooden knobs?

So the kids put on their painting clothes  and I pressed play on the “Happy Harvest” compilation I created on PLAYLIST.

http://www.playlist.com/playlist/23658698251

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It was such fun to spend an afternoon painting together. We used several different Folkart metallic paints ~champagne, bronze, glorious gold, pearl white and aluminum.

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Once the paint had completely dried the hot glue gun was fired up and the acorn caps were attached to the wooden knobs. Easy peasy.

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Sweet Boy sprinkled the “acorns” throughout the house like confetti.

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It’s been a fun week but this mama is looking forward to school on Monday. :)

Laura

Linking to:

The Charm of Home, Common Ground, StoneGable, Between Naps On The Porch, Today’s Creative Blog, Someday Crafts, SSS,Shabby Nest, Tatertots and Jello, Positively Splendid, The 36th Avenue

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© 2012 Decor To Adore Laura Ingalls Gunn All Rights Reserved

14 comments :

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I love Disney at Halloween time!!! And I love love love those acorns you made!!!!!!!! GORGEOUS!!

ImagiMeri said...

I can't believe you went to Disneyland without me!!!!! ;o)

Those acorns are beautiful, and I can see you've been warming up with the glue gun for our event.

Hugs,
Meri

linda t said...

LOVE your acorns! Great idea Laura!
October is truly the best time of year to go to Disneyland. Love, LOVE!

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

Those are adorable! And looks like fun - wish I had a bag of acorn tops :)

Teresa said...

They don't, at all... ever.
When I suggest - already excited and dreamy - they roll their eyes and think "Here she goes... again".
I baffle them with my need to redecorate. For them if it's nice why change?!
If you want to drive my daughter crazy is pressing her to tell what theme she wants for her birthday tablescape... now, as defense, she says "Mum, don't stress. Just throw some paper plates, plastic cups and we're done". (after which she sees me fainting and figures that's what we'll end up having ahahahaha)
My boy is more sensitive (to my needs) and though he doesn't mention it he notices and if I soldier him he'll join MY party and help... she'll do anything to prove she has 10 thumbs so I can discharge her quickly ahahah
They're like DH. If I ask they'll do, or help, but willingly give ideas or suggest change? Not so much.

WendyBee said...

Love the acorn projects! Now, I'm going to have to go gather more acorns....and get some pearly paint.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

What great Disney pics Laura!
I am heading out to Phoenix on the 23rd, hope to see you then!
Should I bring some real acorns for you?
Love your idea!
Hugs,
Cindy

Lisa said...

Love this idea! Really good improv Mom.:)

Kelley Highway said...

Or beautiful, large bead-acorns? That's my idea for my acorn caps... when I pick them myself in that special little spot in Mizzou.

Pearly acorns? Made my day. Oh! Sharing these... SOOO sharing this post with my all-grownup girls!

Michele Alger said...

Haha! You sound like me. "great project kids!" and after I'm done, and though it was fun, I'm ready for some time alone! Wow, who would have known those were wooden knobs? I thought they were pearls. SO PRETTY. Love them!

Karena said...

So darling, the metallic painted acorns!! Oh and your pumpkin roll; yummy!

Xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

French Basketeer.com said...

Love these! Looks like the kids had fun and Mom is ready for a break!

Kit said...

What a great craft! You are so clever. Thanks for the photos of Disneyland. I have always heard they do it up right. Kit

Sherry said...

Really cute Laura! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!
Sherry