The mega talented Jo, owner of Tiffany Tomato Crafts, walks us through a gorgeous Autumnal make….

I love the glorious autumnal days, slightly chilly but beautifully sunny. Looking to kill an hour before lunch the other day, I encouraged my littlest daughter and her friend to make an autumn mobile each rather than start watching TV.

First up, we grabbed a basket and headed out in search of ‘treasure’. As it turned out we didn’t have to venture far before we found loads of gorgeous leaves; the colours a mix of reds and greens with a bit of yellow and orange thrown in too. It was hard not to pick them all up! We also collected a good stick to hang the leaves from and some beautiful conkers.

Home we went ready to get making!

We were rather impatient which meant that instead of pressing the leaves so they would stay flat, we used sticky back plastic front and back to keep them from curling. You could laminate them too, if you’ve got the equipment (we don’t so we didn’t!!).

So, each leaf was stuck onto the sticky side, then another piece stuck on top. Push them together to seal and then some scissor exercise by trimming around the edge – not too close though or the leaf will pop out!

Once we were happy with our leaves, I used two strands of orange embroidery thread to tie all the leaves in a line, then wrapped this around the stick to hold them in place. To add the conkers, poke a skewer through them to make a threading hole. This was a bit of a challenge but thankfully I avoided any major incident!

Once the strings of leaves or conkers were tied into place, I added another strand of thread to the stick, to make a hanger.

And then we were done!

This was SO simple and SO lovely to do. I recommend it to everyone, whatever your age!!