In the autumn, it’s hard to resist picking up fall treasures: leaves, seed pods, and even interesting rocks. But what to do with those collections once they’re in the house?
Here’s a creative way to use your findings to welcome autumn into your home.
Framed Fall Treasures
- Picture frame
- Fishing line
- Wax-coated leaves*
- Fall finds (seed pods, pine cones, etc.)
- Sewing needle or thumbtack
- Cut strands of fishing line and tie around the frame’s edge. Make sure to pull the line tight.
- Using a needle or thumbtack, punch small holes in leaves, seed pods, etc., and run strands of fishing line through each piece. Tie these to the lines on your frame.
- To make wax leaves, fold wax paper in half. Place clean, dry leaves inside folded wax paper. Lay wax paper and leaves on ironing board and cover with towel, then press. The iron doesn’t need to be extremely hot, just warm enough to melt the wax on the leaf. Once the wax paper has cooled, peel wax paper open and pull out wax-coated leaves.
When finished cutting out the cookies, get out the soap! These handmade, scented soaps make even sweeter gifts.
- Baking sheet
- Wax paper
- 2-pound block of glycerin soap base (in craft stores)
- Large microwave-safe bowl
- Crayon shavings for color
- Soap scents (in craft stores)
- Cookie cutters (open at both ends)
- Plastic wrap
- Sticky labels
- Line baking sheet with wax paper.
- Cut soap base into chunks. (It is usually scored for easy cutting.)
- Place chunks in microwave-safe bowl. Add crayon shavings.
- Microwave for 25-second intervals, stirring until melted. (Do not overheat.)
- Add desired scent and stir slowly to avoid bubbles. Pop any bubbles that form.
- Pour soap onto baking sheet. Cool for 30 minutes or until softly set.
- Cut out cookie cutter shapes. Place soaps on flat surface.
- When soaps are completely cool, wrap in plastic wrap and secure with sticky label. Write scent on label.