With September just around the corner, my thoughts are on creating fall décor. If you're a regular reader, you might have discovered how I love making things out of foam sheets! The material is so versatile and is easily manipulated with a little bit of heat, texture and color into wonderful inexpensive projects.
Ornamental cabbage is a favorite of mine for fall. Its' intense shades of purple and green makes a colorful and lasting addition to any decorative arrangement.
See how easy this ornamental cabbage was to make using foam sheets.
White foam sheets
Acrylic paint - purple and green
Hot griddle or iron
Hot glue gun
Skewer stick or large tooth pick
Round objects (measuring spoons or small balls)
Terra cotta pot/styrofoam/rocks
Make leaf templates in four or five different sizes, from 4 inches to 1/2 inches. Trace on foam sheets and cut out using a ruffle or wavy line effect. You'll need about thirty petals - five to six in each size.
Lay the petals on a medium heat griddle or iron for a few seconds until the middle fluffs up and curls.
Place foam petals on soft foam and press centers with round objects.
Curl and manipulate edges with fingers for a wavy, ripple effect.
Paint petals and edges with acrylic paints, beginning with the smaller petals, in purple and then adding green and purple in variations . . .
using small sponges or foam brushes.
To assemble the cabbage, squeeze a small sheet of foil into a ball . . .
and hot glue on the small purple petals, covering the foil.
Then, begin gluing on the remaining petals, from small to large, in a clockwise flow, overlapping the layers.
And finally, add hot glue in bottom of a terra cotta pot and insert foam and filler rocks.
I put paint on the bottom edge of the pot that was suppose to mimic moss . . .
and inserted a small wood skewer in the bottom of the faux cabbage and into the foam in the pot, securing with hot glue.
I'm on my way . . . slowly easing into the season, getting ready for fall!
How about you?
Take a little time to enjoy
Happy Fall Crafting!