I’ve never really liked faux fall leaf garlands and living in California there aren’t too many options to gather real fall leaves that have any real color. So here’s my solution, fall leaves made out of old book pages! There’s something about the realness of the book pages that add a warmth to the project and the pages have a feel and weight not dissimilar to fall leaves. With a little breeze…they even rustle.
Brown butcher paper
Floral or bailing wire
3 fall colors of Design Master Colortool spray (I used a green, red and orange)
Design Master Tint It in Gold Shimmer spray
Draw a leaf shape on the top page of the book. You can free hand it, print out a template from on line or trace a real leaf. Using the utility knife cut out the leaf. If you press hard enough you should be able to cut half a dozen leafs at a time.
Lay your leaves out in a well ventilated space. Start with one color of the spray and quickly spray a line of color along one edge of all the leaves.
Change to the second color and do another line of color next to the first.
Fill in the rest of the leaf with the third color. There’s no real rule with this, and each leaf will fill in differently.
Now spray over all three colors with the gold shimmer tint. This toes all the colors together and the gold adds a nice iridescence. Flip them over and do the same for the other side.
Hand crumple and twist them into two long pieces.
Wrap the wire around the branch so it will hold it’s shape and lend it self to bending and staying.
Take your leaves and give them a little shape by curling the leaves and creasing the centers. For this you want to hang, use a hole punch to create a hole.
String some leaves together on twine, using knots to keep them separate.
Attach the string to the branch using hot glue.
Other leaves you can attach directly to the branches with a drop of hot glue.
Make as many branches as you need and attach them to mantels, cupboards or front doors. Fall has arrived!