Looking for a simple fall craft idea? You can make this DIY fall pillow with supplies from your yard. Step-by-step instructions below.
This year I when I went to fall decorate, I put my messy bun up and got my sugar free hot chocolate on in the 97 degree Texas heat and pulled down 14 tubs of fall decorations from the attic…
I opened tub after tub of garlands of leaves covered with glitter and pinecones and pumpkins with states on them and chalkboard pumpkins and mirrors with pumpkin sayings and acorns that looked like they just got back from Las Vegas.
I wanted to be inspired. I wanted to fall it up and toss that garland over my shoulder and hang it up over the door.
In random, weird, completely unexpected and surprising news.
My heart longed for simple.
Can you believe it?
What is this world coming to?
I never met a glittered pinecone I didn’t want to take home and drink apple cider with.
I think it was the totes.
All I could see when I looked at them was stuff. Stuff that overwhelmed me. Stuff that hadn’t seen the inside of the farmhouse in 10 years. Stuff that made me want to run for the decorating hills.
Stuff upon stuff upon stuff.
Stuff I was holding on to because I told myself I might need it one day.
I told myself that it might make a reappearance.
I know straw hats you hang on the front door are so 2001.
But just like stirrup pants and bright blue eyeshadow and Dukes of Hazzard, they might make a decorating come back.
So this year?
I’m keeping it simple.
I ordered a few new things and repurposed things I already had and I’m making a few projects that make my heart happy.
Like this easy DIY leaf pillow.
Here are the instructions in case you were planning on keeping it simple, too.
Simple Fall Craft: DIY Leaf Pillow
pillow cover (I get mine at IKEA but you can find them here, too)
navy blue paint
leaves (from the yard or from some of those totes)
Step 1: Add cardboard
You are using navy blue paint on a white pillow cover.
Proceed with caution.
I used a piece of carboard to protect the front from the back of the pillow before I started to paint.
Step 2: find a leaf
You can shop your back yard for this item.
But I live in Texas.
It will be a while before the leaves fall.
So instead? I shopped the totes and found three leaves that were the right sizes.
One big leaf and two smaller leaves. You want to look for leaves with a raised spine in the back.
Step 3: Add paint
With a foam brush, add paint the edges and spine of the leaf.
I just painted where I wanted the paint to appear on the pillow.
We are using this leaf like a stamp, so I painted the edges and the spine.
Be generous with the paint, so you have a clear outline of the leaf on the pillow cover. I practiced with paper before I actually stamped the pillow cover.
Step 4: Stamp the pillow cover
Flip your leaf over and stamp the pillow.
For this simple fall craft, place the leaf with the paint side down onto the corner of the pillow.
Be extra careful that you don’t flick paint onto the cover.
(Again—I suggest practicing on paper before you actually stamp the pillow cover.)
Step 5: Press the leaf
Using the end of the paintbrush, press the leaf onto the pillow cover.
Press all the edges and the spine until you are sure the outline has transferred to the pillow cover.
Next, slowly lift the leaf off the pillow cover.
Your outline should look something like this.
I wanted it to be faint, but this was a little too faint for me.
I had a solution.
Step 6: Add other leaves
Repeat steps 3-5 with two additional leaves.
I just placed the smaller leaves on either side of the larger leaf.
I was keeping it a simple fall craft, but you could add leaves all over the pillow cover if you wanted to.
Step 7: Fill in with paint
My solution for the light outline?
I just took a smaller fine-tipped paintbrush and lightly filled in the edges on each of the three leaves.
And then? This is a simple fall craft. No worries.
I let the leaves dry, filled the pillow cover with a down insert.
Here’s the finished pillow.
It took me about 30 minutes from start to finish.
See what I mean?
2020 has been stressful enough. Who’s with me? Who’s ready to celebrate without all the stress. Who’s ready for hot chocolate and yummy fall smells and cozy blankets and apples and crisp fall days.
With extra simple on top. 🙂
Looking for a little more fall inspiration? Here are 13 leaf project ideas from some of my favorite friends.
13 Fall Leaf Project Ideas
Gold Dipped Leaf Place Cards – Modern Glam
How to Make a Paper Quilt Leaf – Happy Happy Nester
Fall Craft Ideas – Jennifer Maune
DIY Gilded Leaf Pumpkins – Tatertots & Jello
Watercolour Fall Leaf Free Printable Series – The Happy Housie
Fall Craft Ideas for Your Table – My 100 Year Old Home
Pressed Botanical Art – Craftberry Bush
Outdoor Fall Tablescape with Leaves – Hallstrom Home
Fall Wood Bead Garland – Lolly Jane
DIY Leaf Pillow – Thistlewood Farms
Dinner Rolls with a Cut Leaf Design – Twelve On Main
DIY Leaf Trivet – My Sweet Savannah
The Worst Project Made with Leaves Ever – Jennifer Rizzo