Published on August 23rd, 2013 | by Kristen Swain3
It’s Apple Season!
It’s apple season, with fall coming up, I cannot wait to sink my teeth into some crisp and sweet apples. Yum! With being on the brink of fall, school starting back up, the air getting cooler, I love to celebrate the change in seasons. Apples are cute, let’s face it, and they’ve been part of our decor for ages. Doesn’t a bowl of them look pretty on the counter?
So in searching for a cute idea for 2×4 wood crafts, I came up with this sweet little bunch. You can tie them all together, or separate them a bit. I cannot wait to show you how I made these!
You’re gonna need- 2×4 pine wood, a piece of basewood, twig, drill and drillbit ,acrylic paint, dye ink, black wire, buttons, raffia, fabric and heat and bond, pinking scissors, sand paper, hot glue and hot glue gun, razor knife, paint pen, hole punch.
Seems like a lot, but it’s not so much!
First off, you’ll need to cut your wood – speaking of this before, I will remind you that most hardware stores will cut your first cut free and charge just a little for additional cuts. YOU CAN MAKE THIS EVEN IF YOU DON”T HAVE A SAW AT HOME! get your pine cut at 14,12,10 inches.
Next, I found a twig that I really liked. Hubby cut it into pieces for me ( you can do this with clippers or even a razor knife as well) then he sized my twig to the size of the drill bit and drilled holes in the top center of the blocks of wood.
Next, paint the wood red, let dry and then splatter the wood with thinned down colors. I use a blend of about 1/2 water and 1/2 paint.
Flick the thinned down colors onto the wood.
I used brown, orange, red, white and black. Then I took a dark brown ink pad and rubbed the color onto the edges of the wood.
Then I used my fingers and rubbed the color into the wood.
To finish the apples, I tied raffia bows onto the stems, once the bow was tied, I used my fingernails and tore the bow into strips.
Next, I tied on buttons tied with twine bows, and hot glued them to the raffia bow center. I also tied a long piece of black thin wire to the stem, and twisted the ends around a pencil for the curls.
Next, I ironed heat and bond to the wrong side of my fabric, folded the fabric over right sides out and ironed the fabric together. The stiffens the fabric and once cool I cut out leaf shapes with my pinking scissors, and hot glued them to the stems as well.
Lastly, I cut a rectangle piece of basswood- this can be found in the craft store in the wood crafts section. I bought a large piece about 4 inches by 36 inches for a couple dollars. I trimmed small triangles from the two edges of the rectangle, to create a worn sign look. I painted the sign brown, then used a paint pen to write the apples 5C and after the white paint was dry, went over the whole sign with my thinned down brown/water mix of paint.
I also inked the edges of the sign. I then punched two holes and hung the sign with wire.