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Fall Catchup 2 – decorations

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The family and I went on a gorgeous, autumn-day walk a few weeks ago and collected leaves. I pressed them between some heavy books for a few days then let the girls go to town with the modge podge and some paint brushes. After letting them dry for an hour or so I tied them with some hemp rope I’ve had in the craft supplies since the late 90’s and my small stint with macrame.
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I wanted to do a quick solo paper crafting project and I saw this tutorial with free template. If it seems like my mantle is covered in every thing that doesn’t have a home in my living room, that’s because it is!

My gal pal Anne and I crafted these origami stars for the holiday season. I’m not sure yet where they are going. I’ll figure it out this week. A garland maybe? I also want to doing a felt ball garland. I’ve got the roving all ready, now I just need to get to it!
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Conker (Chestnut) Crafts

It’s officially autumn. No turning back. If you’re anything like me, you’ve got at least one kiddo who’s crazy for conkers. The pocket on PZ’s lunch box is always full of the little guys. Maybe it’s because they are so smooth and shiny, or maybe it’s like sea shells, just a pretty thing to find as you wander around, but whatever the reason; (da da dum!) it’s conker season!

Q’s teacher and I were talking about them today. She has a daughter also obsessed who has squirreled away an impressive stash of conkers. What’s a mother to do? That’s right. Get crafty! Check out these great ideas!

 

First of all, did you know conkers, otherwise known as horse chestnuts, will keep both spiders AND moths away? Store them in little bowls around the house to ward off those 8 legged critters, or string them together with a pretty lace bow like Wildcraft Vita did and hang the strand in your closet to keep the moths from getting at your sweaters and wool coats.

Wildcraft Vita also has a recipe for making conker Viking Soap. Very cool!

How about taking a tip from Rhoda, the editor at Country Homes and Interiors, and use conkers in a lovely flower display. Such pretty hydrangea.

O Matko! shows some great examples of conker animals. These might be a bit tough for the kids, but I like the use of playdough.

Get into the Halloween season with a conker spider web. The Imagination Tree will show you how!

These awesome conker chairs as my favorites.

Of course, if all else fails, you can always just play conkers. Let Tea and Sympathy show you how.

And if you don’t have a 6 year old picking up every conker they spy, but you still want to get in on the conker fun, how about this fiber arts craft diy from  oddknit.

Awesome! For more ideas, check out Here We Are Together‘s Ten Things To Do With Conkers list. Happy crafting everyone!

xoxo Emily