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  • Weave Your Worries Behind With Macramé

    Macramé has withstood the test of time and is evolving into a modern craft with a fresh look for both home décor and fashion. After gaining wide popularity in the '70s, it seems to have quite comfortably weaved its way into 2020. With easy knots and an endless choice of fibers, you can express your modern, bold, eclectic, and traditional sides all at once.

    The Whole Kit and Caboodle

    Knitters and crocheters agree that macramé has wide appeal to you—both the creating and the finished product. Leisure Arts makes it super easy to jump into macramé with our prepackaged kits that include everything you'll need to create your very own art piece, one weave at a time. 

    Add a little boho flair to your home and get groovy with a retro project. Our Arrow Plant Hanger kit comes complete with arrow, cording, & easy-to-follow instructions to get you pointed in the right direction. Add your favorite air plants—instant decoration!

    Arrow Plant Hanger Macrame Kit #49795

    Wash away negative energy and welcome the angels with our Feather Wall Hanging kit.

    Feather Wall Hanging Macrame Kit #50869

    Our Yarn Boho Macrame Wall Hanging brings a touch of Bohemian style to your home. This comfortable elegance is easy to achieve, and will leave you wanting more!

    Mini Maker Yarn Boho Macrame Wall Hanging Kit #49796

    Hope On A Rope

    The possibilities are endless! Weave and braid Leisure Arts' versatile cord into creative and useful items like plant hangers, bracelets, dog collars, etc. The Natural Mint Soft Cotton Cord and Natural Soft Cotton Cord colors accent your home with bohemian and tropical creations.

    Natural #51283 & Natural Mint #51285; 75 Ft. Soft Cotton Macramé Crafting Cords

    You Won't Believe What You Can Macra-Make

    Hit the ground running with the 11 gorgeous patterns in Get Started In Macramé. The rustic appearance of woven yarn brings a simple yet sophisticated look to your room. Welcome your guests with a beautiful rug, and make them comfortable with a classy pillow! Macramé is super easy to learn, and you'll love the results.

    Rug: Get Started In Macrame - 11 Stylish Wall Hangings & Other Projects for Beginners #7217

    Pillow: Get Started In Macrame - 11 Stylish Wall Hangings & Other Projects for Beginners #7217

    Knot Your Ordinary Jewelry

    "The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize."
    -Robert Harling

    If classy and cool is your thing, you'll love Macrame Jewelry. Just a few simple knots will give you bracelets, necklaces, earrings & other accessories for all your favorite outfits. With 20 projects, you'll have plenty for yourself, and even more to gift to your most favorite people!

    Macrame Jewelry  #6181

    Home Décor With A Twist

    Diana Sanders Cate combines seasoned weaving techniques with with modern decorum in New Twist on Macramé. The 10 easy macramé projects use a variety of fibers (jute, paracord, braided macramé cord) in trendy colors give them a modern twist.

    Plant Hanger; New Twist on Macrame #75597

    Leash; New Twist on Macrame #75597

    We wouldn't macra-stray you wrong—you're going to love Macramé so much you'll soon be tying the knot! Simple, beautiful, groovy, cool, versatile... the adjectives are as endless what you can create with macramé. Check out all of our Macramé patterns and products and start knotting!

    We love to see what you are creating! Please share your photos by tagging @leisureartsinc or using #leisurearts on your social channels.

    -Leisure Arts

  • Pumpkin Craft Dioramas for Gnomes & Fairies

    Can you tell it's coming? Or, have you already felt it, smelled it, seen it?  The changes are happening. Whatever you call it, autumn or fall, for the Northern Hemisphere September brings the autumnal equinox. For many, it is a much-awaited time of year bringing in crisp weather, football, school activities and....pumpkins! If you love pumpkins, you will want to incorporate them in your seasonal decorations with gnomes and fairies by updating your fall home decor with a pumpkin craft diorama!

    In recent years, I have admired the creative displays showing different methods to decorate pumpkins. I have wanted to make a pumpkin craft diorama but was always tentative with the planning, carving and decorating. This year, I have my gnomes, fairies and accessories, so it was time to take the plunge and make a pumpkin craft diorama!

    First, I needed to purchase a pumpkin; a fake pumpkin. I opted to get a pre-carved artificial pumpkin ready for diorama creativity. One is good, two is better. I bought two pumpkins; a 13 inch tall orange pumpkin, and a round 9 inch white pumpkin. I also purchased mosses as my artificial terrain for inside the pumpkins.

    Inside view of the empty, pre-carved 9 inch white pumpkin. Inside view of the empty, pre-carved 9 inch white pumpkin.

    The next decision I made was not to permanently adhere anything to the pumpkins. I did not use glue or pins or tacks. I also did not carve any other architectural designs in the frame of the pumpkins; I did not add any windows or other doorways. I used mounting putty to help place the mosses and accent pieces from my kits.

    Sheet moss to fill fake pumpkin while creating your pumpkin craft. Diorama terrain will be created using preserved Spanish Moss, preserved Sheet Moss, mounting putty, battery operated tea lights, and polyester fill.

    Hmmm--what else might I try to include in my pumpkin craft dioramas? I used a brand new book as my guide; I relied on Leisure Arts' item 6870 - Pumpkins Pumpkins Pumpkins! as my go-to resource for both the dioramas and other decorative ideas. In addition to my new Pumpkins Pumpkins Pumpkins! book, I chose various accent pieces from my kits by Leisure Arts that include  #47858 - Woodland Garden Kit, #47870 - Fairy Garden Kit, #47961 - 4 Pack Resin Gnomes, #47962 - 4 Pack Resin Fairies:

    Leisure Arts' item 6870 - Pumpkins Pumpkins Pumpkins! offers great decorative ideas for faux pumpkin craft by adding bling, paint & lace, or creating a fairy & gnome home or glittery surface! Leisure Arts' item 6870 - Pumpkins Pumpkins Pumpkins! offers great decorative ideas for faux pumpkins by adding bling, paint & lace, or creating a fairy & gnome home or glittery surface!
    47858 Pieces included in item 47858 - Woodland Garden Kit.
    47870 Pieces included in item 47870 - Fairy Garden Kit.
    47961 Gnome figurines included in item 47961 - 4 Pack Resin Gnomes.
    47962 Fairy figurines included in item 47962 - 4 Pack Resin Fairies.

    Now to begin! Review the size of your pumpkins, including their height, the height and width of your carved opening, the diorama pieces and then start arranging. TIP: Make a few sketches of your design arrangements. Just in case one idea doesn't work, a back-up plan has already been formulated! Start by placing some polyester fill into the bottom of your pumpkins, add your artificial turf of choice and move on to your decorative pieces.

    Some polyester fill was placed inside on the bottom, then covered with some Sheet Moss. Hanging from above is some Spanish Moss. Some polyester fill was placed inside on the bottom, then covered with some Sheet Moss. Hanging from above is some Spanish Moss.

    To incorporate the look of outside terrain being part of my pumpkins, I used two different kinds of mosses to give different textures to the terrain. I tacked up some artificial leaves on the inside back wall of each pumpkin, and some on the outside, too. Thinking of a tabletop display, I also placed a fairy and a gnome outside of the pumpkin craft diorama standing among the fallen leaves as if they were visitors.

    Colorful leaves nestle the fairies and gnome in their wooded pumpkin setting as they gather mushrooms and flowers for fall's festivities. Colorful leaves nestle the fairies and gnome in their wooded pumpkin setting as they gather mushrooms and flowers for fall's festivities.

    Remember, I am not permanently gluing anything to the pumpkins. This can be tricky when it comes to placing the figurines, especially since I am also trying to create the effect of a hilly meadow! I didn't want the gnomes and fairies to fall face down into the moss. I purposely placed a mushroom in front of this fairy to help steady her stance on the hillside. The mushrooms are on long wire stems. (They easily pierced through the sheet moss into the polyester fill underneath.)

    The Fairy Garden has been weeded and prepped for the cooler night air. One of the gnomes assists the fairy while the hedgehog watches. The Fairy Garden has been weeded and prepped for the cooler night air. One of the gnomes assists the fairy while the hedgehog watches.

    I incorporated artificial lighting in my diorama by hanging some tea lights using mounting putty for a very low-light effect; these images do not reflect a low-light setting.

    More leaves are changing colors everyday. An illuminated tea light marks the forest's path while bats fly overhead in the nighttime air. More leaves are changing colors everyday. An illuminated tea light marks the forest's path while bats fly overhead in the nighttime air.

    The pattern templates for the bats and black leaves are included in Leisure Arts' item 6870 - Pumpkins Pumpkins Pumpkins! It's a great additional effect to remind us of the changing seasons - or even to precede the Halloween festivities coming in October!

    I am pleased with my first attempt at pumpkin craft dioramas. Since none of my decorations are permanently adhered to the pumpkins, I can change everything from the backdrops and terrain, to the accent pieces and surrounding thematic settings. Another wonderful positive about the dioramas having changeable pieces is the invitation for interactive play. How awesome it would be for youngsters to play with these figurines in a setting like this!

    A changeable setting currently showing the autumnal leaves surrounding two pumpkins used to house all mystical woodland creatures, fairies and gnomes! A changeable setting currently showing the autumnal leaves surrounding two pumpkin craft dioramas housing mystical woodland creatures, fairies and gnomes!

    Now I have plenty of time to plan for Thanksgiving and Christmas, too. I wonder what the gnomes and fairies will be up to during November and December? I bet they'll have something fun in store for us!

    Until next time, have some creative fun!

    Martha

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