Natural Autumn Crafts

Acorns
Autumn is a great time to be a crafter.  In New England, inspiration lurks around every corner as the colors of the leaves change the landscape from cheerful green hills to sunset colored forests.  Falling leaves, dusty acorns, and ruddy orange pumpkins paint a beautiful palette for the crafty artist to work with.  After a little web surfing I found a great selection of naturally inspired Autumn Crafts that the whole family can enjoy.

Acorn Crafts on MarthaStewart.com
Featuring two tasteful, but whimsical ways to work with acorns. Adorn a mirror with acorns of many sizes, or create adorable napkin rings for Thanksgiving or an Autumn dinner party.  I can foresee the napkin ring project taking on many other uses. These bendable pieces of artwork would look adorable wrapped around a candle base or a bar of soap.

Jeffrey Rudell Creates Breathtaking Thank You Cards on CraftyStylish.com
Jeffrey Rudell shows the step by step process of his incredible paper cutting technique.  The end result is a beautiful silhouette of Autumn wild flowers.  This project requires an awful lot of care and patience, but the effort will certainly be noticed by the lucky recipient of your beautiful note.

Jenny Shares Her Special Roasted Pumpkin Seed Recipe on ZestyEneterprise.com
What do you do with the massive pile of pumpkin seeds leftover from gutting your October Jack-O-Lanterns?  Many folks wind up discarding the seeds from their Jack-O-Lanterns, not realizing the tasty treat they were passing up.  My father never failed to snatch these little treasures up and toast them in the oven with a little oil and salt.  Jenny from Zesty Enterprise has taken the Roasted Pumpkin Seed one step further by incorporating her special blend of seasonings.

How to Dry Gourds & How to Build a Gourd Birdhouse on eHow.com
Pick up a gourd or two on your next trip to the pumpkin patch or apple orchard.  You may be surprised by the number of objects you can create using a dried gourd.  In the first article, eHow.com shows you how to dry and prep your gourd for your favorite gourd project.  Next, eHow.com takes you through the step by step process of turning your dried gourd into a beautiful birdhouse.  These make great gifts for friends and loved ones or for your neighborhood birds.

Acorn Photo by J.G.

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