Simple falling leaves DIY frame.

Simple falling leaves DIY frame - such an easy home decor piece for autumn!I love fall. I can’t wait for sweaters, hot drinks and pretty colored leaves.

But fall isn’t quite here yet. It is still warm in Pennsylvania and the leaves are green and clinging to their trees. Since I can’t wait for the season to get here, I decided to make my own little view of autumn, in a gold and sparkly way! I recently created this faux mosaic-like frame to remind me of falling leaves.

I currently have this DIY frame propped up on my kitchen window sill. I don’t see leaves blowing outside yet, but looking through this little scene helps me visualize that fall is on its way!

diy-fall-leaves-frame-mosaic-01Want to see how to make it? The trick is to find a small, thick frame that will stand on its own without the back. I found mine at IKEA.

DIY Jeweled and Faux Mosaic Fall Frame

Supplies needed:

  • Small frame
  • White craft paint
  • Gold glitter paint
  • Brushes
  • Cotton swabs
  • Small jeweled leaf shaped rhinestones
  • Mod Podge, Satin or Gloss Formula
  • Hot glue gun
  • Mod Podge Dimensional Magic, in Silver or Gold Glitter and Regular Formula
  • Pin
  • Soda can

Instructions:

how-to-fall-leaves-frame-mod-podge-02 Remove the back and glass from the frame. Paint the interior and exterior of the frame with white paint. Allow that to dry. Repeat with another coat, if needed.

If desired, apply a coat of gold-flecked paint over the white and let dry. I have a penchant for glitter, so it was a no-brainer for me.

how-to-fall-leaves-frame-mod-podge-04Place the glass back in the frame. Flip it over and apply a bead of hot glue around the perimeter of the frame where the glass meets the wood. This will help hold the glass in place along with the metal clips. I only used periodic dollops of glue on each side, but I strongly encourage you to run a solid line a glue around all the edges. I’ll explain why in a moment.

how-to-fall-leaves-frame-mod-podge-05Once the hot glue is dry, flip the frame right side up. Arrange the jewels on the glass in the pattern of your choice. Using the cotton swabs, apply a dollop of Mod Podge to the back of each leaf. This will glue the leaves down before the Dimensional Magic is applied. Allow the decoupage glue to dry.

how-to-fall-leaves-frame-mod-podge-03Now comes the fun part! Place your frame over a drop cloth or other disposable work surface. (It might get a little messy.) Drizzle the Glitter Dimensional Magic (DM) first onto the glass. I focused the application of the glitter DM around the leaves. Then, fill in the remaining areas with the Regular DM formula.

Tips: Work slowly, so as not to create too many bubbles as you apply the DM. You don’t need to completely cover the jewels, but you do want the glue to come up the edges of the leaves slightly. This will help hold the pieces in place and give an ‘embedded’ look once dry. Use a pin to pop any bubbles you see in the glue.

If you have leakage out the glass and back of the frame, prop the glass of the frame on something level that is smaller than the frame.

how-to-fall-leaves-frame-mosaic-01Now, I think I had a lot of leakage because I did not apply much hot glue around the edges in the back. The glue seeped out as a result. If you do apply a line of hot glue to the perimeter on the back (as I advise above), I don’t think you’ll see as much dripping. But, just in case you do, I recommend allowing the frame to dry propped up on something. I used a soda can. This will let the glue drip down onto your paper below, without sticking to the back of the frame.

Allow the DM to dry completely (it usually takes overnight for me). Once dry, the DM will have a clear, glossy resin-like appearance.

Where the two formulas of DM met, ripples were left in the surface as the glues dried. The effect almost looks like the wind is blowing the little leaves around. Love!

If you can’t find leaf-shaped jewel pieces, you could repeat this process with really anything small and light that will glue to surface of the frame. Buttons, rhinestones, sequins… I think they all would be pretty. Tiny snowflake pieces would be fun to mimic the look of falling snow for a winter theme.

Simple jeweled leaves DIY frameSo, if you are like me and can’t wait for autumn, grab some Dimensional Magic and make a little, sparkly glimpse into fall today!

Madigan made
About the Podger: You might call Shannon the Clark Kent of craft blogging. By day, she is a pharmacist and by night she shares simple ideas for crafts, décor and much more with her readers. She also craves chocolate, loves a thrifty find and tries (often unsuccessfully) to avoid glue gun burns. You can find Shannon on her blog, Madigan Made, and on FacebookTwitterGoogle + or Pinterest, too.

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