Tutorial Tuesday – Autumn Leaf Art Mobile

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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! Remember last week in my Workspace Wednesday – Autumn Leaf Art when I promised I would show you what I created with my pretty, arty leaves? Well, here it is! I have even made it into a little tutorial for you to follow along just in case you get stuck (aren’t I good to you!?)

If you are a regular reader on this blog, you will know how much I gush and gush about how much I love Autumn.

I love the warm golden sun on my face in crisp afternoons. I love the richest russet oranges, the breathtaking browns, the sun-dripped yellows. I love cosying and snuggling up under a blanket with a mug of tea when it is dark outside, with candles flickering with warmth. I love introducing hot comfort-food meals after a summer of cool salads and ice lollies…

And just like in the Spring, I love the start of a new season, one with noticeable changes that bring beauty to our surroundings…I love it all so Autumn crafts are definitely up there with Christmas crafts for me! 

You can catch up with all of my tutorials here and here is last year’s Autumn Glitter Leaf Garland Tutorial 🙂

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Supplies for an Autumn Leaf Art Hanging Mobile - Tutorial Tuesday – Autumn Leaf Art Mobile at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid

If you didn’t catch last week’s Workspace Wednesday – Autumn Leaf Art, I hand decorated a pile of assorted Autumn leaves that I had collected up. I used a white Sakura Gelly Roll pen, but any gel pen would work for this. Pop over to the post to have a look at my creative process if you like! 

Illustrated Autumn Leaf Art - Tutorial Tuesday – Autumn Leaf Art Mobile at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid

So, first off I grabbed my wool and cut strands in various different lengths so that the leaves hung at different heights and didn’t hit each other as they hang. I cut about 14 in total and put my wool to one side for later. 

Cut Wool to Different Lengths using Scissors - Tutorial Tuesday – Autumn Leaf Art Mobile at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid

I then grabbed one of my wooden mini pegs – ladybirds optional! Although I do love those cute little dotty lovelies sat on my pegs! I clipped together one end of the wool strand to the stem of the leaf using the wooden mini peg. I hung the large leaves down the stem a lot more than the smaller ones to let them sway around more and be more organic in their movement (like on a tree) but it is all up to personal preference – Have a play!

Leaves Hung by Wool using Mini Wooden Ladybird Pegs - Tutorial Tuesday – Autumn Leaf Art Mobile at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid

Attaching Arty Leaves to Wool for Hanging - Tutorial Tuesday – Autumn Leaf Art Mobile at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid

I kept going until all of my leaves, big and small, were attached to one end of the separate stands of wool and laid them out in lines so they didn’t have a little crafty party on my desk and get all tangled up like they did in ‘take one’ of this photo! Naughty little arty leaves! 

Decorated Autumn Leaves Attached to Wool with Mini Wooden Ladybird Pegs - Tutorial Tuesday – Autumn Leaf Art Mobile at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid

I them grabbed my embroidery hoop (you could always use a length of wire, like a coat hanger, bent into a shape if you get stuck!) and tied the other end (the one not attached to the leaf) in a double knot to be secure, around the edge. 

Illustrated Aztec Pattern on an Autumn Leaf Attached to an Embroidery Hoop - Tutorial Tuesday – Autumn Leaf Art Mobile at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid

I continued to tie each end around the edge of the embroidery hoop, keeping the length of wool with each leaf separated from each other, again to keep them untangled! I made sure each strand of wool was evenly spaced around the hoop to keep the gaps consistent when they hang (because, let’s face it, I am a bit of a perfectionist!)

Keep the Wool Evenly Spaced Around the Embroidery Hoop - Tutorial Tuesday – Autumn Leaf Art Mobile at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid

Continue to Tie the Wool Ends to the Hoop with the Leaves Attached - Tutorial Tuesday – Autumn Leaf Art Mobile at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid

I kept building up the leaves around the edge of the hoop, making sure my pegs were secure along the way. 

Almost Done Completing the Full Circle of the Embroidery Hoop - Tutorial Tuesday – Autumn Leaf Art Mobile at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid

Wool Ends Tied to an Embroidery Hoop with Arty Leaves Attached - Tutorial Tuesday – Autumn Leaf Art Mobile at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid

When I had finished, I grabbed my wool again. I love how this wool keeps in with my Autumnal theme with its warm rusty orange tones but you can use whatever colour you choose. I took the end and tied it around the outside of the hoop at one side near one of my leaf stands to start to create the hanging thread. I measured out roughly how long I wanted it to hang and cut the wool. I then tied it to the other side and started the process again on the opposite sides to create a cross that goes across the hoop that I could pull up in the middle, to knot together…

Using Leftover Wool to Create a Hanging String for an Autumn Leaf Mobile - Tutorial Tuesday – Autumn Leaf Art Mobile at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid

…Just like this below to be able to hang my leaf art mobile from the ceiling. 

Tied Wool Hanging String - Tutorial Tuesday – Autumn Leaf Art Mobile at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid

And Voila! Finito! It is all done! I hung mine up from a screw-in hook in my living room ceiling but you can hang yours anywhere you like if you can’t do this. 

Autumn Leaf Art Hanging Mobile - Tutorial Tuesday – Autumn Leaf Art Mobile at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid

Hanging Decorated and Illustrated Autumn Leaves - Tutorial Tuesday – Autumn Leaf Art Mobile at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid

I love how I can bring the beauty of Autumn into my home and make it feel all warm and cosy with its gorgeous warming tones of colour…

…I love how the leaves catch your eye with their pretty white subtle detailing…

…I love that they sway around when you move around them just like leaves clinging on to their branches before they take the leap and float gracefully down in the breeze…

Although I am hoping mine stay hanging on the hoop! 

Autumn Leaf Art Hanging Mobile - Tutorial Tuesday – Autumn Leaf Art Mobile at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid

What do you think? Will you have a go? It was so much fun to make and anything that keeps a bit of Autumn in our lives that bit longer into the cold, wintry months is great in my book! Now to sit underneath my Autumn leaf art mobile under a chunky knit blanket and nestle down with a good book and a hot cup of tea! 

Where would you hang your mobile? How would you decorate your leaves? Which is your favourite design? I would love to hear all about it! 

Meet me for a chat with a cup of tea in the comments below. I’ll click the kettle on!

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0 Comments

  1. salbone
    November 24, 2015 / 10:11 am

    Really lovely idea Rachel. You really are a clever crafty kid! Xxxx

    • November 25, 2015 / 5:30 pm

      Aww! Thank you lovely! It was great fun to make 🙂

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