Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve posted. Been a little busy but for the past couple of days, I’ve been wanting to head to Michael’s to get some raffia and leaves for a craft that I saw in FamilyFun but because my family suffers from allergies, I needed something “allergy-friendly” and something I could use every Fall. After the sticker shock initially wore off, I found something that was actually a little more fun than buy tons of packages of 3 or 4 leaves. Here’s the craft: WHAT YOU’LL NEED
- Raffia (I’m using Ashland Raffia-2oz)
- 15 Faux Leaves (If you don’t feel like spending 99 cents on a pack of 3 or 4 leaves, get 2 autumnal leave garland. I snagged 2 6ft garlands at Michael’s for $4.99 each- marked down from $12.99!)
WHAT TO DO
- Bunch up enough raffia to be at least 1/2″ to 1″ wide. Make sure that one end of the raffia lines up. That will make it easier to pass the leaf though, trust me. LOL
- If you’re using packages of leaves, cut a small hold (big enough to pass the raffia through, though) on one end of the leaf. If you’re using garland, take the leaves off and separate them. Keep them in a plastic bag so they stay in one place. Be sure to cut a small hole in those leaves as well.
- String each leaf onto the raffia, stopping a few inches from the bottom. DO NOT cut any raffia as you string. You will need all of it to tie later on.
- When you have strung all 15 leaves on, wrap the crown around the wearer’s head to make sure that it’s a good fit. Make sure that you stlll have at least 5-6 inches of raffia left on the crown itself.
- Take the two ends of the crown, and combine them. Tie a knot, but before you completely tie it, string a long piece of raffia halfway through. Tie, and place upon your head for instant Fall enjoyment!
If you’re wondering about pricing, I spent only $16 and I have enough of raffia and leaves to make at least 5 crowns! Well, I only made 3 and 1 pretty full garland.