DIY of the Week: Autumn Leaf Magnets
Let’s all take a moment to appreciate the refrigerator. It holds all of our delicious condiments and almond milk on its inside, and all of our photo-booth pictures and our friends’ wedding invitations on the outside. The hard-working fridge should be applauded, loved and decorated—and what better way to show it you care than with some custom magnets? They’re just like little accessories for your fridge.
This week’s DIY is a quick and easy way to craft some cute autumn leaf magnets of your own, using colorful felt and adhesive magnets. Sure, these magnets are practical, but they’re fun, too!
- Red felt
- Orange felt
- Yellow felt
- Red thread
- Orange thread
- Yellow thread
- Basic sewing needle
- Measuring tape
- Piece of paper
- Ballpoint pen
- Small adhesive magnets (available at most craft stores)
- Draw three leaf shapes onto the paper, each 3-inches long. I made each of mine slightly different to add variety to the set of magnets. Cut the three shapes out.
- Trace each leaf shape twice onto one of the pieces of felt. You’ll end up with six leaves total, two of each color. Cut all of the leaves out.
- Cut a couple of feet of red thread and fold it in half, then thread the needle and tie a knot.
- Stitch lines onto the red pieces that mimic the look of leaves’ veins. To do this, stitch one vertical line through the center of the leaf, and then add diagonal lines going off of that line.
- Repeat the above step on the other red leaf.
- Repeat the above steps on the orange and yellow leaves, stitching using their corresponding colors of thread. Don’t worry about making all of your leaves identical—after all, they aren’t identical out in nature!
- After you’ve finished stitching patterns on your leaves, attach an adhesive magnet to the back of each one.
- Place your magnets on your fridge, and enjoy your cute new organizational accessories!