Thursday, September 1, 2011

Fall Leaf Initial

Happy First Day of September!  Fall is right around the corner.  I'm sure we'll have another hot spell here, but it's been really mild lately and I'm looking forward to cooler days.

I started a bit of fall decorating in anticipation of those cooler days and the first little project I've gotten done is the transformation of my $5 Hobby Lobby "R". 


That fuzzy brown stuff used to be moss.  I left my poor moss initial in the sun too long and then stashed it in a closet so it was pretty sad looking and desperately in need of a make-over.

The best thing about this project is that I had all of the supplies on hand, so I spent zero dollars to remake my "R".


 I used Elmer's Mounting spray at first and then switched to a spray adhesive for a stronger hold.


I had these leaves left over from last year.  They're from Michael's.

As you can imagine, the process is really easy.


I sprayed the "R" with the mounting spray and I just laid the leaves out on the "R" the way that wanted them.  I positioned them so that they overlapped.  Once I got them all laid out, I sprayed the backs of the leaves with a more permanent adhesive spray.

So easy!

I'm still not quite sure what I'm going to do with it.  Right now it's hanging on an old window over a bookcase in our living room, but I may attach it to a wreath...we'll see.

Any fall decorating in the near future for you!?

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45 comments:

Jen said...

Love it!

Full Plate Designer said...

Very pretty!

Aaron said...

Thanks!

Anne said...

ok, I love this! We have been looking for a fun craft to do for an upcoming girls lake weekend - this would be fun and everyone could do it! Thanks for sharing :)

Diana @ Our Vintage Home Love said...

Love it, Aaron! :)

The mum of all trades said...

I love this!You have some fantatsic projects on your blog, I'd love for you to link some of them up to my blog link party this weekend, http://mumofalltrades.blogspot.com. Hope you can make it and thank you!

burlap+blue said...

LOVE this--so perfect. Will have to try this myself! xo

Barb said...

What a fantastic idea!

- Brittany said...

I LOVE IT! What a great way to make something beautiful out of something (uh) not so pretty ;-). Thanks for sharing.

Hopping over from The Nester's.

Brittany

The Amusing Redhead said...

Perfect!

Since I didn't do my moss letter yet this will be perfect. :)

Michele said...

I want to make this! Love, love, love it! Thank you, Nester, for having such a fun party where we can meet lots of talented new friends!

xoxo michele

Hello, I'm Laura said...

What a completely adorable wreath ~ I love it!

Have a Happy Labor Day!

Anne said...

I keep seeing those leaves in Michael's and I've been wanting to buy some, but had no idea what to do with them! This is a great idea. :)

Erin (Out on a Limb) said...

What a beautiful wreath! Great idea.

Home Again Vintage said...

Great wreath idea! So easy for fall.

Anna

Shane H. said...

Love it! Thanks for sharing. :)

Debra from Bungalow said...

Great idea, I like it! Might just have to copy this. Thanks for sharing.

Stop on over and visit me sometime!

Phil and Darby Hawley said...

wow this is gorgeous and so festive! This is so prefect for fall; I've got to make one too!

Stopping by from Home Stories A to Z

Kathryn Michelle Jenkins said...

I love this! I haven't seen anything like it before and it still looks pretty easy. thanks for posting. I'm a new follower and fan!

kathryn
www.thedragonsfairytail.blogspot.com

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

That turned out so cute--I've been wanting to use leaves on a project. Good thinking :).

alicia said...

Love it! And my last name also starts with R. Hoping I can find it. How old is it?

Jamie said...

This is so cute! I will have to start looking for an 'S'

Life with Kaishon said...

I really love it! That looks like such a fantastic project. Seeing all these great ideas is making me so eager to do something. FUN!

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

Absolutely beautiful!!! I really love this.

Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} said...

I love this! I'm a bit monogram crazy and just adore this one for fall. Great idea!

Tiffany said...

This is so awesome! My step-mom made moss initial letters for my wedding, which now hang in our apartment. (http://www.thenesteffect.com/2011/06/hanging-it-all-up.html)

I really love your blog and have just started following. So excited to look around and see what else you've created. =]

Aaron said...

Alicia,

I bought my "R" a while ago, but I'm pretty sure that Hobby Lobby pretty much always has those gold letters for sale. You should be able to find one!

Jessa Smith said...

I LOVE this idea - so cute! I might have to try this soon! Thanks for the inspiration!

~Jessa
www.jessajill.blogspot.com

Claire said...

Hi-Just wanted to let you know I featured your leafy "R" this weekend on my blog!

Jenna, SAS Interiors said...

What a creative idea - so beautiful. I was so inspired by your wreath that I added it to my post, Autumn Wreath Roundup. Here's the link: I've featured you in my Autumn Wreath Roundup ~ http://bit.ly/n8bH6q

I'm a new follower too!
Jenna

Andrea @ Keepin it Thrifty said...

LOVE LOVE LOVEEEE it! I just pinned it to my Pinterest board :)
XOXO Andrea

Mimi said...

Wonderful idea. would be great for an outdoor party before it gets too chilly.

Angela Lynn said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this :)

Christie said...

I loved this so much, I bookmarked it and finally got around to making my own:

http://sewwhatshappening.blogspot.com/2011/10/fall-decoration.html

Thanks for the inspiration!

the cul-de-sac said...

Love this idea! Thanks for sharing!

The Corson Cottage said...

Super simple and cute Fall, love it! I stopped by from Centsational Girl's Fall Craft link party. I'm your newest follower. I hope you'll stop by The Corson Cottage sometime and consider following:) Carrie

Kimbo West @ a girl and a glue gun said...

featured this today on my blog
www.kimboscrafts.blogspot.com

Brandi said...

About how big is your "R"?

Aaron said...

Brandi,

It's about 14 inches tall.

Heather - Chickabug said...

Hi Aaron! I blogged about your wreath today - it's such a fantastic idea (and I actually do have those leaves lying around, too!)

http://www.chickabug.com/blog/2011/11/fall-leaf-craft-ideas.html

Heather : )

Anonymous said...

I wasn't to sure how to hang the letter "V" but since we already have enough fall decorations outside this year, I went ahead and got the initials of all the kids' first names (D, J, N, & N) and sent a little autumn spirit in the hall ways! I wasn't sure it if would look decent on the outside of the bedroom doors, but it really does... and the kids love it. They also enjoyed making it, I'm always looking for easy, useful crafts to do with the kids! Thanks for the inspiration!

melsdaisypatch said...

You have been featured on Monday Funday. Come grab a button. http://melsdaisypatch.blogspot.com/2012/10/monday-funday-6fall-decorations-and.html

Scarlett said...

I love this idea!

Bliss said...

Stopping in to pin!

Jelli B. said...

How pretty! I love this project so much I'm featuring it in tonight's post all about fall leaf decor. Thanks for the inspiration, Aaron!

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