Make An Enchanting Harvest Village

Harvest Houses

The autumns of my childhood were marked by the fiery leaves of liquidambars, school years not yet devoid of their newness, and brown suede Mary Janes. It was a time for new red cardigans and homemade Halloween costumes, for pumpkin picking and jaunts about the neighborhood. In the evenings, a certain chill settled in, and the cloud-streaked harvest skies faded to black.

Text and Photography – Olivia Kanaley

Harvest Houses

HARVEST HOUSES

Supplies
Downloadable Harvest Houses project templates
Printer
Scrap card stock
Scissors
Pencil
Lightweight cardboard (cereal boxes work well)
Bone folder
Utility knife
White craft glue
Acrylic paints and paintbrush
Embellishments: Decorative paper, glitter, decorative edge punch, vellum for windowpanes, pipe cleaners, beaded trim, floral moss

Instructions

  1. Print house templates onto scrap card stock, and cut out to create stencils. Trace pieces for walls, porches, and roofs onto cardboard. Cut out; using a bone folder, score folds. Using a utility knife, cut out windows. Following guides on template, and using white craft glue, assemble house; let dry.
  2. Paint walls of house with acrylic paint. Paint the roof, or cover with decorative paper. If desired, coat with glitter.
  3. Add additional details: doors, shutters, gingerbread trim (use a decorative edge punch). Glue vellum to the inside of house to create windowpanes. Finish with any other desired decorations: pipe-cleaner wreath, beaded trim, floral moss, etc.

Harvest Houses

PUMPKIN TREAT BOXES

Supplies
Downloadable Pumpkin Boxes project template
Printer
Scrap card stock
Scissors
Bone folder
Pencil
Card stock in four graduated shades of orange; desired color for boxes; and shades of green and brown for leaves, vines, and stems
White craft glue
Sheet of craft foam
Glitter
White paper 

Instructions

  1. Print templates for pumpkins and boxes on scrap card stock, and cut out.
  2. To make boxes, trace template onto card stock. Cut out; using a bone folder, fold along specified lines. Glue tab with white craft glue, let dry, then assemble box.
  3. To make three-dimensional pumpkins, trace four template pieces onto varying shades of card stock. (The largest piece should be cut from the darkest paper, the smallest piece from the lightest, and so on.)
  4. Glue the two smallest pumpkin pieces together. Layer onto remaining two pieces, placing a small square cut from craft foam in between each layer to add dimension. Secure with glue, and let dry.
  5. If desired, add glitter to pumpkin. Add additional details, such as a stem, leaves, or a curled vine cut from paper. Cut a strip of white paper, and write the recipient’s name or an autumn greeting. Wrap paper around pumpkin, and glue. Glue pumpkin onto top of box. 

To see more ideas from former Artist-In-Residence, Olivia Kanaley, visit her blog

 

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