Monday Make A – Fall Leaf Frame

August 10, 2009 at 10:49 am (Autum Equinox, Children, Crafts, Decoration, Fun, Kids, Mabon, Magic, Monday, pagan, Witch)

Fall Leaf Frame

  • scissors
  • ruler
  • pen
  • paint brush
  • glue gun
  • 1 large artificial maple leaf 
  • 1 smaller artificial maple leaf (optional)
  • 1 large cardboard sheet
  • 1  tube gold glitter glue 
  • 1 tube red glitter glue
  • tacky glue
  • 1 photo

Instructions

Remove the plastic spine from the back of the leaf. Trace around the leaf onto the sheet of cardboard. Cut out the cardboard leaf inside the pen lines so it won’t be larger than the artificial leaf. You don’t want the cardboard to show past the edges of the artificial leaf. Trim the cardboard leaf if necessary after you have glued the artificial leaf to it. Using the paintbrush, spread a layer of tacky glue on the back of the leaf. Place on top of the cardboard leaf and press the artificial leaf to the cardboard one. Adjust it if necessary until the two leaves are lined up perfectly. Press the leaves together with a book so they will dry flat. When the glue is dry, trim the cardboard leaf if necessary to make them the same size. To add the stand to the back of the frame, measure and cut a 1½" x 2½" piece of cardboard. Line it up with the back of the frame and adjust its positioning so it will support the frame when you have hot glued it in place. When you are satisfied with the arrangement of the supporting piece of cardboard, squeeze a line of hot glue along the edge of the piece of cardboard where it will touch the back of the frame and press it back into place. Hold cardboard to cardboard until the glue has hardened. Cut the photo you are going to use to fit the space in the middle of the artificial leaf. Keep in mind you need to leave 1/8" in from the outer edge of the leaf empty so you can add a line of glitter glue around the edge of the leaf. If you have gotten the smaller maple leaf trace place it over the area of the photo you want to use and trace. Cut the photo in this shape. The other option is to cut a square, circle or oval shape around the portion of the photo you want to use which will fit inside the leaf. Spread a thin layer of tacky glue on the back of the photo, center it over the leaf and press it into place. Lay a heavy book on top of the photo briefly to flatten it while the glue is drying. When the glue is dry, take the tube of gold glitter glue and squeeze a short line of glue out on your leftover cardboard to make sure there are no air bubbles. Slowly and carefully squeeze a line of gold glitter glue around the edge of the entire leaf. Take the tube of red glitter glue, again check for air bubbles first, then slowly and carefully squeeze a line of red glitter glue around the edge of the photo. Let the glue dry completely before touching the frame or you may smear it.

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1 Comment

  1. Michelle said,

    These look delicious!! I will try ’em!

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