Post Contributor: Olivia Gratehouse
With fall almost upon us, my mother and I began searching for shabby-chic inspired autumn decorations that we could make ourselves. Whilst on my quest, I discovered this little beauty: it’s easy, adorable, and inexpensive (we already had everything we needed simply lying around the house!).
What you need:
- an old book (preferably with thick pages)
- twine (as long as you want your garland to be)
- hole punch
- leaves (you can either use a printable template from the Internet, or you can simply go outside and collect a few of various shapes and sizes)
First things first: rip some pages out of the book. Try not to rip the actual paper too much: make sure there’s plenty of extra space to fit your leaf (or leaves if you can manage more than one per page).
Next comes tracing. I first traced and cut out my leaves on a separate piece of paper (creating a template) so that I could get it just how I wanted before I traced it onto the actual page. In the end it doesn’t really make that much of a difference, but I find a leaf’s inability to lie perfectly flat rather annoying.
Once your paper leaves are cut out, take your hole punch and add two holes just bellow the stem. (Make sure they’re spaced reasonably away from each other, else the paper will tear.) Thread your twine between the holes.
Once you’ve fitted your leaves onto the twine, spread it out and arrange the leaves so that they’re evenly spaced and facing the same direction.
Tie the ends into loops, hang wherever you desire and, voilà! A lovely leaf garland to decorate your home for fall.
Don’t forget to sign your kids (tweens, teens, & yourself) up for my mixed media art workshop, The Art of Fall. Click on the image for more info.
Olivia is an aspiring novelist, a classically-trained pianist, and a tea addict. She is a home school graduate and is now attending Bible college. She enjoys reading, cooking, crafting, and quoting movies. She is an avid Whovian and a Disney fanatic. Olivia is currently writing her first novel.