Originally posted in 2012 - re-posting in 2021 because it's still a pretty cool and simple craft idea!
When the kids were little it seemed our house was filled with Autumn decorations. Handmade by small children, it seems they came home with a new craft daily from their respective schools. As they got older and made less school crafts, it was fun to buy decorations to supplement and/or plan our own crafts to do at home.
Whether or not you have kids, this is a craft I think would be fun for any age. Plus, it doesn't have that goofy knick-knack feel to it (where you are left wondering where to put something) - it hangs beautifully from anywhere, alleviating the need to find 'another' place on the mantel.
This mobile mimics fluttering foliage — minus the raking. Collect leaves with intact stems and press in a heavy book for a few days.
- Wrap twine or ribbon around an 18-inch embroidery or craft hoop; secure ends with hot glue.
- Tie eight 3-foot-long waxed strings at even intervals around it, attaching pine cones at the bottoms as weights.
- Knot the string around each leaf's stem, spacing randomly.
- Secure hoop to a ceiling hook using twine