Saturday, November 4, 2017

Autumn Harvest Buffet

Now that Halloween has passed, it is time to kick it into high gear and prepare for the holiday season. But before diving in the Christmas spirit, I took some time to assemble a miniature hutch celebrating Autumn and all of its glorious colors. 

How fun is that buffet?? It comes unfinished from Alpha Stamps so it can be painted or stained any color you'd like. In fact, many of the items in the scene came from Alpha Stamps, making short work of a finished project. I made the paper banner, the cornucopia, a bunch of crepe paper flowers, painted a bowl, and four polymer clay squash. That's it!

The buffet has four functioning drawers to hold bits and pieces. I'd like to think that is where the squirrels have stashed their bounty (after they tossed the silverware, of course).

Under the buffet hides a hedgehog and a gnome in an acorn cap bowl. There's also a rustic metal bucket filled with golden apples, a couple of pumpkins, and polymer clay squash in a wire basket. The squash were shaped and a hole was poked in the top so after baking I could add a tiny length of toothpick for the stem. They are odd squash but that's what they look like in my head. 

I followed a really great tutorial on how to weave a miniature cornucopia, and even though it came out a little wonky, I was pleasantly surprised with the results. The bowl on the top right  received a coat of paint and a wash of antiquing fluid before being stuffed with fall foliage. 

This sweet metal urn came from my minis stash and it worked well as a planter. Here's a quickie tutorial for the flowers. It is too easy, really.

Cut a long, thin strip of crepe paper then make tiny cuts along one long edge.

Dip the end of a piece of wire into glue and wrap strip around end, adding a dab of glue as needed.

Cut out a circle of green crepe paper and poke a hole in center. 

Add a bit of glue to underside of flower and slide circle to cover the glue.

Roll circle around bottom of flower.

Fluff out the flower with a toothpick or needle and repeat. I believe the photos alone would have worked as a sufficient tutorial, it is that simple.

Thanks for viewing and happy November to you!

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