Autumn Door Bow

Copper leaves turn to glorious fall colors in a swirl of jewel-toned paints set against a backdrop of raffia and dried everlastings.


What You Need:
Enlarge Image Decorate your door with this Autumn bow.
  • Copper tooling foil
  • Scissors
  • Die-cut leaves
  • Marker with a rounded cap
  • Embossing tool or a dry ballpoint pen
  • Small manicure scissors
  • Small hole punch
  • Newspaper
  • Delta Paint Jewels acrylic glass paints (orange, yellow, red, and green)
  • Plastic spoon
  • 18-gauge copper wire
  • Green paper twist
  • Natural raffia
  • Dried natural everlastings
Instructions:

1. Roll out the copper tooling foil and cut off a 12-inch-square. Lay a die-cut leaf on the foil and trace around it with the rounded cap of the marker to create a valley around the leaf shape. Turn the leaf over.

2. Using an embossing tool, trace around the inside and outside edges of the valley, forming a more defined edge around the leaf. Cut out the leaf using manicure scissors. Punch a hole in the leaf stem. Repeat this process to make additional leaves.

3. Lay the copper leaves on a flat work surface. Squeeze squiggly paint lines inside each leaf using the glass paint colors. Swirl the colors together with the back of a plastic spoon. The paint should be thick and evenly spread. Let the paint dry overnight.

4. Cut one 20-inch length of copper wire for each leaf. Coil the wire around a pencil. Loop one end of each wire through the hole in each leaf.

5. Untwist the green paper twist. Form a 13-inch-wide bow, consisting of four loops in graduating lengths on each side. Secure the loops in the center with florist's wire. Cut two 42-inch lengths of the green paper for tails.

6. Wire the center of the tail lengths to the bow center. Trim the tail ends. Wrap the end of each copper leaf coil around the bow center. Wire a small green-paper loop to the center of the bow. Hot-glue natural raffia and dried everlastings to the arrangement. Attach a wire or raffia hanging loop.

More Ideas:
  • Attach the leaves to copper-painted dowel rods and use them as plant pokes.
  • Attach the copper leaves to a dried fall arrangement, pushing the coiled stems into florist's foam.

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