FALL is coming! Not only is cooler weather on the way, but so
are the decorations. We put together a few DIY projects to add that
Autumn feel to your home.
Project One: Decorative Acorns
Before the cold white stuff falls, we get a lot of leaves and
acorns falling. With this first DIY project, you can go nuts over
getting out in your yard and collecting lots of acorns to create
these colorful Fall-colored acorns. They are easy to make, and with
Mohawk you can add whatever colors fit into your décor.
Place the acorns on a foil-lined cookie sheet and bake them at
170 degrees for two hours. (This is to make sure you don't bring in
any unexpected hitchhikers in the acorns.) Let the acorns cool
Use Mohawk's Ultra® Mark Markers to color the
acorns. For that extra flair, you could also use the Ultra® Penetrating NGR
Dye Stain. Make sure you brush with the grain of the nut.
If some of the tops come off the acorns, you can glue them back
on using Mohawk's Instant Adhesive CA
Project Two: Leaf Coasters
For this next DIY project, find a tree limb that is about 3" in
diameter. You want to make sure a glass or cup will fit on it
nicely. Cut the limb into ¾" thick slices. Lightly sand each disk.
Find a leaf, or leaves (they should be showing up on the ground
soon) that you like. An alternative would be visiting a local craft
or DIY store and purchasing some artificial leaves.
Spray one side of the leaf with Mohawk's Wiping
Wood Stain (you may want to wear gloves for this) and quickly
place the side you sprayed on a wood disk. Press the leaf onto the
wood disk for a minute or two so the Stain is transferred to the
wood. Gently, remove the leaf and let the Wiping Wood Stain
dry. This should take about 5-10 minutes. Finally, spray Mohawk's
Tone Finish Clear
Sanding Sealer Aerosol on each side of the wood disk starting
with the side you stained. Give each side 15 minutes drying time
before turning the disk over.
Project Three: Pumpkin
Our final DIY project gives a Fall spin to a classic game. Find
a piece of wood roughly 30" x 30". Depending on its condition, you
may want to spray a little Wax Wash™ Remover to prepare and
clean the surface. Take a pencil and ruler and sketch out 32
squares in a checker board pattern. Tip: Make a
small mark on the squares you intend to paint. Using a nice
contrasting Ultra® Penetrating NGR
DYE Stain such as Oxblood or Black, and skillfully paint the
marked squares. If you have trouble paining in lines you may also
want to use painter's tape to tape off the squares first. Let it
dry about an hour.
All you need now are some small pumpkins from a grocery store
(12 white and 12 orange) to use as the game pieces and you are
finished! Tip: You may want to help your
opponent out (because you are really good at checkers) by buying
some extra pumpkins to use as Kings. Make some designs on them