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Friday, August 14, 4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.


fall craft

Crafting with Bonnie Monico


Put on your crafting apron, grab your favorite beverage, and let’s have some fun!


Attendees will join host Bonnie Monico in her Craft Cave Friday evening. Bonnie will walk us through how to make this easy, beautiful, and inexpensive fall decoration! You can even customize the style, colors, and flowers for this craft to fit any season, holiday, or everyday home decoration.


Not a crafter? That’s OK! Everyone is welcome to join this social activity to watch and chat, even if you don’t plan to make the decoration.



All items for this craft can be found at stores such as Dollar Tree/Dollar General, Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, or Walmart. You may even have some of these supplies on hand already. Alternate supply materials and upcycling or repurposing ideas are also listed.


Download the list and see even more ideas.





Any 4 jars of the same size, such as Mason or Kerr


Spaghetti sauce or pickle jars

Fall leaves and fall-colored flowers


A few small branches from trees in your yard

Twine or jute (approximately 10-15 ft)


Ribbon, yarn, raffia, rope

Burlap for trim (suggest 3 in. wide, approximately 12 in. length per jar, depending on size of jars)


Fabric, old T-shirt (white, tan, black), brown paper bag cut to size and taped on

Acrylic craft paint – one to two 2-oz bottles of each color, depending on size of jars and desired opacity (suggested colors: deep golden or mustard yellow; pumpkin orange, burgundy, and brown, or choose your own)


2-oz bottles 50 cents each at Walmart

Paint or foam brushes


If you only have one brush, simply wash it between color changes

Floral foam for inside jars (helps to hold flowers in place)


Styrofoam, glass marbles, beads, small rocks or pebbles, sand




Hot glue gun


Any strong-hold glue, such as Super Glue; any strong-hold tape

Stencil or letters to spell F A L L, plus a black marker or Sharpie, or black paint


Freehand it!

Bonnie Monico


Bonnie J. Monico, CHDS, AHDI-F, lives in Omaha, Nebraska, and is the AHDI President-elect for 2020. She has been in the medical transcriptionist industry for more than 40 years was instrumental in the recruiting, mentoring, and MT Development processes of many MTs/HDSs and involved in the development and maintenance of quality improvement programs. Bonnie also has a coding certificate from the College of St. Mary.

Crafting is Bonnie's passion and she loves creating items that you cannot buy in a store. She creates personalized gifts to give away and sell in a space she affectionately calls her Craft Cave. Bonnie loves to paint, decoupage plates, and make gnomes (she has ones for every season!). She also loves a great bargain and repurposing things found around the home, like flowerpots, wine bottles, and old socks.

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