Thursday, October 22, 2015

DIY Fall Leaf Bowl Craft // Easy + Decorative

I thought doing some DIY crafts for around the office might be a fun way to celebrate the changing of the seasons! And I enlisted help to accomplish my big craft goal, so there was also some coworker bonding. I am not a very crafty person, so I picked out a Level 1 craft on Pinterest and just ran with it! It's a really cute, semi-sturdy leaf bowl! I love fall colors and this was a perfect way to make something in that color palette, but also make it useful. Who doesn't love bowls, right?

Here are the materials you'll need:

  • Leaves, real or fake (Real leaves will work but only if they aren't too fragile and crunchy!)
  • Modge Podge
  • A couple balloons
  • A bowl or plate
  • Paper towels (it gets messy!)
  • Paintbrush (optional)
  • Basket or container

 Since we are located in Texas, there weren't any fall colored leaves anywhere yet, so I had to resort to purchasing some fabric ones for the craft. They were a bit cumbersome to work with, but the finished product turned out great!


Blow up your balloons to your desired size. We made a medium sized bowl and large bowl, so we blew them up accordingly. Remember, the bigger the bowl the longer it will take the modge podge to dry.
Pour some modge podge into your bowl and lay out your leaves. I bought some of different colors and sizes to make a multicolored bowl.
Dip the colored/prettier side of the leaf into the modge podge and lay it, face down, on your balloon. Then take your paintbrush, or your fingers, and apply a layer of modge podge over the leaf so it lays flat on the balloon.
Repeat this step, overlapping the leaves so there are no holes in your bowls, until your leaves cover half of the balloon.

Let the leaves dry overnight with the balloon sitting up right in a container.
When you come back to a dry balloon, turn it upside down so the leaves are in a bowl configuration and pop the balloon.
The balloon will still be attached to some of the leaves, just peel the leaves away gently.
AND now you have a bowl!

Go forth and put keys; paperclips; or dare I say, CANDY, in your new fall bowl and be inspired by the fall colors all day long!

Be brave,

p.s. – If you want to see the amazing popping footage we gathered during this craft session, keep scrolling... (Note: I do not like balloons, and my face totally says it all.)


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