Written by Liv Phillips
I have been counting down the days till it was officially fall since probably January. Fall is my favorite season not only for the vibrant colors of the changing leaves but also for the cool cozy weather, which is perfect for crafting. I decided this year instead of purchasing any fall decor items I would create my own with some help from my favorite craft company; Paper House Productions.
For my first fall decor themed project I decided to create a little log cabin. I created the base of the house with a piece of styrofoam that was going to be thrown away. Reusing packaging materials is one of my favorite ways to help reduce, reuse and recycle, it also is a cost effective way to save money! The roof I created with 2 pieces of 3L Scrapbooking adhesives double sided foam board.
I then covered the house in paper from Paper House Productions. I used the following paper to create the exterior of the house:
In order to create the doors and the window frames for the house I cut popsicle sticks and stained them with an alcohol ink based marker. Cutting the popsicle sticks took me back to grade school when I created little houses for my finger puppets. I decided to use brown buttons to give the effect of logs.
I next added some vintage fabric trim and washi tape to give the illusion of green gutters on the house. I also added cotton wool coming from the chimney to make it look even more cozy.
In order to tie in the roof to the rest of the house I added 3D leaf embellishments to the house. The leaves have rhinestones and glitter on them, which makes them sparkle in the dim candle light. Currently this house sits on my mantle surrounded by candles.
I next created a Gnome in a Box. I think one of my favorite Paper House Productions products are the 2 inch gnome stickers, they are just so stinking cute.
I first decoupaged a small box with vintage book pages. I lined the bottom portion of the box with glitter tape to give a green grass look.
I then punched a small hole in the box and tied a knot at the top to allow the gnome to be able to move around in the box. I wanted to add a moving element to this project. I wanted the Gnome in a Box to have an outdoors feel so I added fake leaves, mushrooms and acorns, these materials can be found at your local craft store.
I then lined the box with micro stickers from the Paper House line to give added depth to the box. I also used 3D embellishments for the front of the box.
Not only was I able to create a keepsake I was able to save money too! I hope I can inspire you to create your own fall decor. Happy Crafting.