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  • Create Your Own Pumpkin Wall Art

    Add designer touches and show off your joyful personality with Diamond Art by Leisure Arts™ and Diamond Dotz® Freestyle. Diamond dotting is not only fun and calming, it results in beautiful sparkly art. Today's tutorial takes you step-by-step through this pumpkin project, and before you know it, you'll have a great addition to your fall décor.

    I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, then be crowned on a velvet cushion.

    – Henry David Thoreau, Author

    Give 'Em Pumpkin To Talk About

    Anyone can hang fall decorations on the wall for a great look, but creating your own works of art adds that personal touch, and a bit of pride, to your home décor. It would also be a perfect gift for a fall-loving loved one! Read on for everything you'll need to create this charming and quaint Pumpkin on Metal.

    Supplies And Tools:

    • Diamond Dotz® Gems - Colors: 8001 , 8335, 8431
    • Diamond Dotz® Accessory Pack - 1-Comfort Grip Stylus, Pick-Up Wax, Sorting Tray
    • Dotz® Stick Adhesive - Liquid Diamond Dotting Adhesive
    • 3-Piece Dotz® Deluxe Brush Set
    • 12” x 12” 28 Gauge Tin Sheet
    • Burlap Ribbon
    • Hot Glue Gun
    • Graphite Transfer Paper
    • Black Pen

    Many of these supplies can be found on leisurearts.com in the freestyle section.

    Get Started On Your Work Of Art

    1. Download and print the pumpkin and welcome design sheets (see above) on an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper. Place them on your metal and sandwich the transfer paper between the two. Using a black pen, trace over the design. The transferred lines will be light and thin.
    2. Carefully brush the adhesive within the the black lines on the areas you want to apply gems to; you should see a milky white layer of adhesive on the surface. You can apply the adhesive to one section at a time or to the entire design.
    3. Allow the adhesive to dry until it is clear. When adhesive clears completely it is ready for long term adhesion. On non-porous surfaces such metal, this may take up to 9-15 hours. Cover the design and adhesive with a piece of protective film if you will not be applying gems right away.
    4. Remove the clear covering on the adhesive.
    5. Start dotting! Apply the gems to the adhesive as desired.
    6. When you are not working on your project, place a sheet of protective film over the adhesive to protect it from dust.
    7. When you have completed your project, place the protective film over the gems and firmly roll over the whole design with a brayer or rolling pin. This ensures that the gems are firmly adhered.
    8. Attach the burlap ribbon to the back of the tin sheet with a hot glue gun.

    Craft Hacks & Tips

    • The liquid adhesive allows you to add gems art to any surface.
    • A bottle of liquid adhesive is enough to complete 4 full-coverage 9” x 12” artist canvases.

    Skill Level

    Beginner

    Estimated Crafting Time

    3-5 hours plus drying time

    Gourd-geous Results In An Afternoon

    Once you start creating, please share your progress to our Diamond Art Facebook Page! Or share your photos by tagging @leisureartsinc or using #leisurearts on your social channels. We love to see what's going on in your studio.

    Want more DIY Diamond Art projects? Check out our other projects at DIYDiamondArtTutorials and take a look at this video for more inspiration!

    Happy Dazzling!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Fall Into Your Next Project

    "I can smell autumn dancing in the breeze. The sweet chill of pumpkin, and crisp sunburnt leaves."
    —Ann Drake

    Just thinking about fall conjures up memories of playing in a pile of fallen leaves, pies cooking in the oven, gathering around bonfires, cuddling in the warmth of a cozy blanket, and so much more. It's a welcome respite after the hot and steamy days of summer, and a preparation period for the winter days ahead. We've got lots of craft ideas to fill your evenings in front of the fireplace, or your days when the kids are at school.

    Let's Get Wreath-el

    Wreaths aren't just for the front door anymore, and they are far more creative and unique than the wreaths of our memories. Step-by-step instructions on everything from choosing colors to picking your florals in Quick Wreath Designs will have you creating the perfect wreath in no time!

    Quick Wreath Designs - 14 Home Décor Projects to Make in an Afternoon #7522

    You Needle This Cottage

    Seasonal Cottages brings you charming cross-stitch cottage scenes for every season. The Autumn Cottage, with pumpkins, a black cat and fall foliage will bring in the fall in cozy cottagy style.

    Autumn Cottage; Seasonal Cottages #6486C

    Sock It To 'Em

    You’ll love knitting these fun socks for the you and the whole family! More Fun Socks presents 6 unique projects with personality. The only thing better than knitting them? Slipping them on your feet to warm your toes!

    Hello, Gourd-geous

    All the fall sights you love & cherish can be found in Bountiful Wonders Color Art for Everyone coloring book. So sit back, relax, grab your favorite fall colors and create a work of art or two (or 24).

    Home Décor With A Twist

    The projects you'll find in Macrame Home Décor will add an special touch that fits in with any style. We love the vintage owl and jar covers as much as we love the bright and colorful rainbows. This book is knot just home décor, you will also find jewelry projects with a twist!

    Macrame Home Décor - 15 Modern Projects for the Knotting Enthusiast #7538C

    Go On A Head

    As the temps begin to fall, the toddler or baby in your life will love the cute and cozy ear warmers and beanies in Little Animals Headgear. You'll love crocheting these irresistible designs, which are sure to bring a giggle or two to the kids who get to wear them.

    Little Animals Headgear #6642

    Fall Is Just A Short Way Of Saying Football

    Are you ready for some football? Choose your favorite team and show your team spirit with Diamond Art By Leisure Arts - NFL Kits. You're sure to score a touchdown with the football fans in your life.

    Dallas Cowboys  #51235 & New England Patriots #51240; Leisure Arts Diamond Art Powered by Diamond Dotz 5D DIY NFL Helmet Kits

    Don't Be At A Loss For Words

    Decorate your home with these expressive wooden words. Just add paint, resin, stain, ink, glitter, or anything else your imagination dreams up! We've got lot of inspirational, encouraging wooden words, including the two shown below: thankful and family,

    Leisure Arts Wood Word Medium 9x4.5 Thankful #LEA52886; Leisure Arts Wood Word Medium 12x10.75 Family #LEA52877

    Fall Out Of Your Normal Routine

    So, fall out of your normal routine and start a new project or two. They are not only fun and relaxing to create, they will warm your home with the look of fall. If you're working on your holiday gift-giving list, many of these projects make great gifts the recipient will adore. For more fall inspiration, check out our Fall Aesthetic board on Pinterest.

    What are you creating? Please share your photos by tagging @leisureartsinc or using #leisurearts on your social channels.

    -Leisure Arts

  • Pom-Pom Halloween

     

    The uses and appearances of pom-poms have expanded from winter gear and sports’ embellishments to include year-round home decor. See how simple pom-poms can become part of your Halloween-themed decorations.

    Pom-poms were frequently only seen on winter accessories, or worn by a team’s cheer squad. It's wonderful that the uses for and appearances of these puffy mounds of yarn have been greatly expanded! Beautiful household items are crafted with pom-poms such as wall hangings and wreaths!

    Halloween is coming in a few weeks and I wanted to get ready with some pom-pom décor. Getting a lot of ideas from Pinterest was easy. Look at this cute mantle garland and another version for one's vertical porch decor; both are awesome! Using these two Pins as my guidelines, I began making pom-poms with an end result in mind.

    Since I had many pom-poms to make in varying sizes, I took the advice of one of our designers and purchased Clover Pom-Pom Makers. To reinsure that you're using your pom-pom maker correctly, watch a video in less than five minutes.  I gathered several yarn weights with different textures. One of my favorites for this project was Red Heart's Reflective yarn. The reflective yarn has a thin gray strip that reflects the light; reflective does not mean glow-in-the-dark.

    Before: Parts to make Halloween characters. Small pom-poms (1.625") and pipe cleaners cut in half. Before: Parts to make Halloween characters. Small pom-poms (1.625") and pipe cleaners cut in half.

    Of course, my Halloween pom-poms were going to include a pumpkin, a spider, and a ghost. First would be the pumpkin. This would be fairly easy to accomplish: one pom-pom with a curled pipe cleaner as its stem.

    My second figure was the spider. Again the main part was the pom-pom as the spider body. Then, I added six pipe cleaner legs. I even challenged myself to make a red spot to indicate a Black Widow spider. I followed color pattern suggestions as found on the back of the Clover Extra Large Pom-Pom Maker's packaging.

    Added a little more drama to the spider character; here's a Black Widow! Added a little more drama to the spider character; here's a Black Widow!

    The last Halloween figure I needed to make was a ghost. This appeared more challenging than I thought. My final decision was to make a pom-pom for the ghost's head and attach it to the loose yarn strands to represent its body. I made three ghosts; each received an added yarn embellishment giving each one its own personality.

    After: Halloween characters include a spider, ghost and pumpkin. After: Halloween characters include a spider, ghost and pumpkin.

    I was ready to display my characters at home and office so I needed both a wall/door decoration, as well as, tabletop decor ideas. I wanted to incorporate extra color into my display and the perfect complement was Leisure Arts' Jute Twine (item 48526)I chose to use three of the six colors.

    Planning my display; love the colored jute! Planning my display; love the colored jute!

    My colleague found the perfect fallen branch from his hickory tree. Upon its arrival in the office, it quickly became a character itself and given the name, "Old Hickory". The branch had so much character with its craggy texture, knuckled sections and lichen patterns, I didn't want to cover all of it.

    Halloween pom-pom characters suspended from "Old Hickory" as door decor. Halloween pom-pom characters suspended from "Old Hickory" as door decor.

    Here are my extra pom-poms used for some added character for one of the most-anticipated days to celebrate around the office.

    Other Halloween decor using pom-poms in two sizes. Other Halloween decor using pom-poms in two sizes.

    I hope you enjoy making pom-poms and  decorating for Halloween; happy haunting!

    Martha

  • Jack-O-Lantern Dishcloth

    I love Halloween. It is my favorite holiday. I love all the decorations. I like to drive around and look at everyone else’s decorated yards. I leave my decorations up until the day after Day of the Dead. I was looking for something quick and easy project to do. Something that I can work on in and out of the car this week while waiting in the carpool line at school or while waiting on after school activities. I went through all of my Leisure Art Books and found this cute Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin dishcloth in a book called A Dishcloth a Month.

    I was just finishing tucking in all my ends when my friend asked me if it was a new coaster for our table at the new knit shop. I said I had not planned on it but why not. It is slightly big for a coaster but it is really cute idea for decorating a table. So I am in the process of making a few more for our knit/crochet table. I am even going to crochet some without the Jack-O-Lantern face. You just follow the pattern and as if you had changed your color from orange to black. My favorite part I will only have four ends to run in or tuck in. Whichever way you want say it. You can even use brown for the stem instead of the green. Since it is fall I can keep the ones without faces through Thanksgiving. It’s a win! Win! I hope that you have had as much fun with this Jack-O-Lantern pattern as I have. I used 100% cotton. I am going to check and see if Sugar n Cream has a variegated fall colored yarn for some of my solid pumpkins. I think that would be really cute.

     

     

  • Pumpkin Hat

    100 Hats to Knit & Crochet

    I love Halloween. It is my favorite holiday. I have a friend with a new baby. So, I thought I would crochet him a cute little Pumpkin Hat. I used Crème de la Crème 100% cotton. I used three different colors orange, brown, and green. This pattern will fit an infant/toddler. I didn't get this pattern from a Leisure Arts book. 100 Hats to Knit and Crochet has hats that you could modify to work for your needs.

    Pumpkin Crochet Hat

    With a size G hook. Chain 60 stitches. Join in the round with a slip stitch. Be careful not to twist!

    Row 1: With main color (orange) chain 1, single crochets all the way around, and slip stitch into the chain 1. Row 2: Chain 3, double crochets all the way around. Continue Row 2 until the hat is about 3.25(3 ¼) to 3.50(3 ½) inches tall.

    Decrease is chain 3, 7 double crochet, and crochet 2 together, then 8 double stitches and crochet 2 together. You are going to continue decreasing by 1 stitch until you finish the chain 3 and 3 double crochet and crochet 2 together, 4 double crochet and crochet 2 together.

    Color change/Stem: To join the brown yarn slip stitch where you slipped the last stitch, chain 2, double crochet around. I didn’t crochet 2 together on the first round, because I did 2 regular double crochets into the next two stitches. The 3rd and 5th stitch a double into the middle of the lower stitch, and the 4th double crochet I went into the lower stitch. Continue this all the way around. The next round start your decreases chain 3, 2 double crochet and crochet 2 together, 3 double crochet and crochet 2 together. Continue decreasing by 1 stitch until you get to six stitches left and do double crochets until you get the stem length that you want then crochet 2 together 3 times.

    Green curly cue: Chain 35 stitches or however many you want to do. Do 6 double crochets into the 2nd stitch and 4 more stitches into ever chain stitch. Bind off when you get to the end. With a darning needle or crochet hook attach where ever you want it.

     

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