Toddler Fall Tree Art

Toddler Fall Tree Art

Whew.  The toddler activities have definitely been lacking around here lately.  It’s not because we haven’t been doing fun and educational things together.  Nope.  It’s all because of the nasty sickness my family has been passing around this past month.  We’ve done breathing treatments, steam showers, antibiotics, Advil, Tylenol, cough drops, vitamin c…you name it…we’ve done it.  Thankfully, I think we’re on the mend, and my little guy and I got busy this week with a Fall inspired art piece.

Toddler Fall Tree Art using torn paper, buttons, and a traced hand via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #art #kidscrafts #keepsake #trees

I loved the pumpkin art so much from last month that I wanted to continue with another seasonal themed art project for the month of November.  To make your own, you’ll need:

white cardstock

buttons

fall colored cardstock

brown marker and crayon

Elmer’s school glue or a gluestick

black Sharpie marker

Toddler Fall Tree Art using torn paper, buttons, and a traced hand via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #art #kidscrafts #keepsake #trees

One thing I learned from our last art project, it’s easier to just get everything out and ready to go and then let him explore and touch and figure out what he wants to do with everything {within reason of course}.  We started out by tracing Jackson’s hand and forearm onto the white cardstock using the brown marker.  I filled in some lines to give the trunk some definition and Jackson decided he wanted to color in the trees a little bit with the brown marker.  I honestly couldn’t believe he stayed inside the lines of the trunk.

Toddler Fall Tree Art using torn paper, buttons, and a traced hand via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #art #kidscrafts #keepsake #trees

Once the trunks were ready to go, we spent some time applying the glue and adding torn pieces of paper and buttons as the colorful fall leaves.

Toddler Fall Tree Art using torn paper, buttons, and a traced hand via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #art #kidscrafts #keepsake #trees

Again, I was amazed at how great he did with gluing and placing the objects on his trees.  He was so proud of all of his work {and so was I}.

Toddler Fall Tree Art using torn paper, buttons, and a traced hand via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #art #kidscrafts #keepsake #trees

Soon we had a couple of beautiful and original masterpieces, and I eagerly added one to a frame on our new DIY’ed picture frame ledge {details on that coming soon}.

Toddler Fall Tree Art using torn paper, buttons, and a traced hand via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #art #kidscrafts #keepsake #trees

As with all art projects that Jackson and I have completed together, I added his name, the month and the year to the bottom.  After all, I’ll definitely want to remember how old he was when we made all of these fun projects together!

Toddler Fall Tree Art using torn paper, buttons, and a traced hand via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #art #kidscrafts #keepsake #trees

I’ve already got my wheels turning on what we can make in December.  Any suggestions?!

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

Perfect Pumpkin Wreath

Perfect Pumpkin Wreath

I was provided a free wreath form from my friends at FloraCraft to make this wreath.  As always, all opinions are 100% my own.  

I’ve been in a wreath making mood lately.  With the holidays approaching, I’m also getting quite eager for a couple of Christmas wreaths I’ve got brewing in my mind.  For now, I’m excited to share a fun wreath for Fall/Halloween/Thanksgiving all rolled into one.

The Perfect Pumpkin Wreath via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #pumpkin #wreath #fall

To make your own pumpkin wreath, you’ll need:

1/4 yard orange burlap

Styrofoam wreath form {FloraCraft}

orange jute twine

tan jute twine

dark brown jute wrapped floral wire

green curly floral stem

floral pins

straight pins

hot glue gun/glue sticks

The Perfect Pumpkin Wreath via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #pumpkin #wreath #fall

To start, I cut the orange burlap into strips and secured it around the entire wreath form using a couple of floral pins {the ones that are u-shaped}.  I also used the floral pins to attach the curly green “vine” to the top of my pumpkin.

The Perfect Pumpkin Wreath via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #pumpkin #wreath #fall

To hide the stem of the green “vine”, I wrapped a section at the top with regular jute twine.

The Perfect Pumpkin Wreath via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #pumpkin #wreath #fall

I then began to roll small and larger flat spirals with the orange jute twine.  To do this, I simply wrapped it around and around and put a dot of hot glue every once in a while to secure the shape.

The Perfect Pumpkin Wreath via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #pumpkin #wreath #fall

I alternated pinning small and large spirals around the front edge of the wreath.  I also added a couple of brown floral wire curls to the top of the pumpkin as well, to act as part of the stem off the regular jute twine stem.

The Perfect Pumpkin Wreath via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #pumpkin #wreath #fall

Soon I had this super cute pumpkin wreath, perfect for Fall!  I’m planning to leave this one up until Thanksgiving {one holiday at a time, right?!}.

The Perfect Pumpkin Wreath via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #pumpkin #wreath #fall

What’s on your front door now?  Is it Fall inspired or are you already prepping for the Christmas holidays?

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

10 Reasons To Be Creative This Fall

It’s finally time for the post I’ve been waiting on all summer, 10 Things To Make This FALL! Are you in the ‘fall’ state of mind yet? If not, it’s time to get inspired, here are

Fall Inspiration: 10 Things To Make This Fall

10 Things to Make for Fall via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #fall #craft #diy

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Grandparents Handprint Owl Art – Just a Girl and Her Blog

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Grilled Stuffed Zucchini – Queen Bee Coupons

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DIY Dollar Store Cloche – The Happy Housie

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Chicken Tortilla Soup – He Married Me for My Cooking

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Fall Burlap Banner – Twelve O Eight

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Wood Acorn and Leaf Decor – The Happy Scraps

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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies – Shaken Together Life

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Warm Apple Pie Bread – Spend with Pennies

fall9Corn Husk Wreath – Kleinworth & Co

fall10Fall Tablescape – Upcycled Treasures

How was that for some Fall inspiration? What have you done to get your home and family ready for Fall?

Don’t forget, tomorrow night at 7 EST, it’s time for another party at The Creative Connection, see ya then!

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{No-Sew Burlap Table Runner}

{No-Sew Burlap Table Runner}

I went to Hobby Lobby yesterday, hoping to take advantage of the 80% off Thanksgiving and Fall decor sale they have right now.  I was super bummed to see that the one shelf that housed these items hardly had anything left!  Oh well, late to the party, I suppose.

I decided to head home (empty handed, yes…empty handed from a craft store trip….shocking, right?!) and looked through my crafting supplies.  There had to be a way to make some kind of table runner without my sewing machine (it’s still getting fixed).

I gathered the following supplies, plus my trusty glue gun, and got to work.

I don’t have exact measurements for the burlap and linen material I used as a liner.  I simply cut them until I felt they fit right with my table size!  I like to make table runners that don’t hang over the edges as a certain 16 month old would immediately try to pull it down.  All of the other supplies were leftover from my Fall Mantel and my Ruffled Burlap Wreath, both of which are still on display (until this weekend when I plan to start decorating for Christmas)!

I used a few dabs of hot glue on the corners and sides of the linen fabric to line the back of the burlap.  I figured that would eliminate some of the mess that comes with burlap and create a smoother surface on the bottom side.  The linen didn’t go all the way to the edges of the burlap as I wanted to pull a few strands off from each side to make the burlap fray.

Once the linen fabric was secured, I pulled a few strands of the burlap off of each side to create a frayed look.  I then added some Fall leaves and cute felt pumpkins (both originally found at Hobby Lobby) in two of the corners to give the table runner some color.  I used my hot glue gun to attach everything!

This is one of the easiest projects I’ve ever made!  The whole table runner took maybe 10 minutes after my glue gun heated up!  I love the simplicity of it and know it will be the perfect addition to our table at Thanksgiving dinner this Thursday!

Have a Happy & Blessed Thanksgiving tomorrow!  If you are looking to link up to Keep Calm & Link Up tomorrow evening, we will be partying, just a bit later than usual.  Stop by at 9 PM EST to link up this week!

I’ll be linking up at these fantastic parties.

About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{Ruffled Burlap Wreath Guest Post}

Happy Saturday everyone!

Just a quick note to let you know that I’ll be sharing my Ruffled Burlap Wreath over at Pocket Full of Pink today!

It screams Fall if you ask me!

Thanks again to Karen for having me over to her place today!

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.