DIY: Leaf Bowls By: Cassie Collins

The chill is in the air, the leaves are changing color, and there’s no way better to preserve the delight than by welcoming it into your home. Craft stores can be intimidating this time of year, overflowing with autumn decorations. There are ways to turn those faux autumn leaves into something beautiful and functional. This quick and easy leaf bowl will add a little touch of Autumn to any home. With this DIY you will need:

  • Mod Podge
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Foam Brush
  • Balloon
  • Scissors
  • Pin
  • Faux autumn leaves*

* Tip: try to find thin, paper-like leaves. The thinner the leaves, the better they will mold to the shape of your balloon. Also avoid any plastic-coated leaves.
First, begin by separating the leaves from their plastic stem.This will help the leaves mold easier. Next, fill up your balloon with air, then put it in the mixing bowl to act as a stabilizer of the balloon. After, take your mod podge and sponge brush and gently apply a thin layer on top of your balloon, starting in the middle and working your way out. Lay a leaf on top of the wet mod podge and smooth it with your fingers or foam brush. Once it’s stuck in place, apply another thin layer of mod podge on top of that leaf. Repeat, covering any empty spaces with smaller leaves. When you reach about a quarter of the way down the balloon, add one or two more leaves to the bottom of the bowl for extra weight and support. Allow to dry for at least an hour. After the mod podge is dry, carefully pop your balloon with a pin at the tied end, slowly letting the air out. Don’t be alarmed if the leaves shrink down when the balloon deflates, it will revert to its original shape after a minute or so. You may find that some of the mod podge will stick to the edges of your leaves, but you can cut it off with your scissors. Now you can use your bowl to hold all of your fall goodies, and liven up your home decor for the season.

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