Decorating With Nature
Transforming The Hedge Apple
Embossing Folders of your choice (Provo Craft)
Scribbles Swirls Die (Sizzix)
Hi Embossit (Sizzix)
Assorted leaves from yard
Raffia (Premium Raffia)
Berries or Acorns/Nuts from yard
Twigs or Vine from trees or bushes
Hot Glue Gun
Black Spray Paint; color of your choice (Krylon)
Cutting/Embossing Machine (BigShot)
- Begin by choosing a hedge apple that is fresh from the tree and free of spots or decay.
- It is best to spray paint in a well ventilated area, so I would recommend placing your hedge apple on a few pieces of newspaper and paint outdoors in the yard. While your hedge apple is drying, this would be the perfect time to collect some still moist leaves from your favorite trees. You will also want to collect the extra nature embellishments such as nuts, berries, twigs or vines. Anything that you find unique or fun to look at that is just in your own backyard.
- Here I have chosen about six or seven leaves that had vibrant fall colors and then ran them through the cutting/embossing machine with either an embossing folder, die cut or embosslit. As you can see here, the textures hold up quite nicely on a moist leaf.
- Once your hedge apple is completely dry, it is time to begin the decorating process. Have your glue gun ready to start adhering your decorations.
- Begin by tying a bow with your raffia and hot gluing it around the stem of the hedge apple. Trim up your raffia with scissors to attain your desired look.
- You can now begin hot gluing your leaves, vine, berries, twigs and whatever else you have collected from your yard. The possibilities are endless and the amount of embellishments you use are completely up to your own choosing.
Here is another picture of the hedge apple transformation. I decorated several of these and found that even two weeks later, the texture of the leaves remains intact and hedge apple is still a wonderful compliment to the fall pumpkin decorations.
An extra note as well: When you are done with this decoration, you can slice the hedge apple in half and place it in a garage or basement as a bug repellent also. I'm not sure why the bugs don't like them because the squirrels seem to LOVE them.
Hope you have enjoyed this article and it has inspired you to use nature as your template for creativity mixed with the fun inventions of modern stamping tools.
Happy stamping and crafting,