Want to add some unique and handmade autumn decor to your home? Today, you can learn how to make a wood leaf garland for fall. What’s special about this fall wood leaf garland is that it’s free-standing!
HOW TO MAKE A WOOD LEAF GARLAND FOR FALL
Is your weather feeling like fall yet?
In So Cal, this morning’s temps were actually below 70 degrees. That’s cool around here… and is a tell-tale sign that fall is here (or at least on its way).
When the weather starts cooling in October, adding some decor for the autumn season seems the perfect way to celebrate. Something like a lovely hydrangea wreath, a fall cloche, or a luxurious velvet pumpkin for just $4!
Did you notice the standing wood leaf garland that was shared in my tiny apartment fall kitchen? Well, today we’re going to celebrate autumn and learn how to make that pretty fall decor for your home!
The No Place Like Home Blog Hop
And what’s more, I have TEN blogging buddies that are sharing their fall decor DIYs, too! Welcome to There’s No Place Like Home Blog Hop, hosted by Rachelle at My Hubbard Home!
If you are visiting from Mantel and Table, so glad that you ‘hopped’ on over here! Adding a DIY wreath like Barbara shared is a great way to bring fall into your home!
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Confession… I’m a Snob
Before I share the supplies that you will need for this easy and lovely fall craft, let me make a confession…
I’m a snob!
A paint snob, that is!
I believe the snobbery comes from being an artist for many years. You see, my parents owned a business that created handpainted ceramic nursery lamps and accessories for the hottest selling baby bedding sets on the market. For many years, we sold to high-end baby stores across the country.
We were always on the lookout for the best paints that had great colors, great coverage, and a great price!
Let me introduce you to my new favorite acrylic craft paint by ColorShot! It fits-the-bill when it comes to all my ‘snobby’ criteria! 😉
ColorShot acrylic craft paint comes in over 35 colors in matte and metallic finishes. Only available at your local Home Depot, ColorShot paints have amazing colors, GREAT coverage (seriously… I am SO impressed), and come in an ample 2-ounce bottle for less than $2.50 each (buy in sets and save)!
Creating a Fall Wood Leaf Garland
What You’ll Need
This fall wood leaf garland is a free-standing autumn decor piece and only takes a few items:
- wood leaves (I picked mine up at Hobby Lobby, and they look like they are not longer available), you can also use these leaves (these Etsy shops have some lovely options other than leaves, too! For every season!) Just sayin’, I would use the leaves from these Etsy stores if I had known about them before. They are actually MADE to stand, where the ones from HL aren’t… really.
- ColorShot acrylic paint in Designer Sunglasses (letters), Marshmallow with just a drop or two of Orange Slice (bead color), Cheers (shimmer on the beads), and Lucky Penny for the dots (but with over 35 colors to choose from, you can use any colors you want!)
- Paintbrushes (these are my all-time faves and super affordable, and these have really high ratings)
- Wood Beads (like these)
- Jute Twine
- Computer Printer
- Stapler or Staple Gun
- Ribbon of your choice
Paint Your Beads
Before you do anything, paint your wood beads either with a brush or using the stain/wash technique that was used on this wood bead charger. After the beads dry, use the dry-brush technique and add some ColorShot in Cheers to give the beads a bit of umph. 😉
Oh, I almost forgot to tell you! ColorShot comes in a spray paint, too! You just have to see the ‘bajillion’ colors in three different finishes (ok, ok… not quite a bajillion)! The can is super sleek, too… for added comfort!
Prepare Your Leaves
- Using your favorite font, print your letters in the size you want. Turn them over and using a wax pencil or a regular pencil, color over the letter that is on the front.
- With the colored side down on the leaf, trace the outline of the letter onto the leaf. (See 2a)
- Using the amazing ColorShot Designer Sunglasses (it’s a wonderful metallic finish), paint the inside of the outline. Pro tip: Let your brush ‘follow’ where your eyes are looking. If you look ahead of your brush, your brush will naturally follow with a straight line. Trust me!
- Using the handle of a brush, create descending dots on the edges of your leaves with ColorShot Lucky Penny. Pro tip: Dip the brush handle once in the paint, and press 3-5 times on the surface to create descending dots.
Finishing Touches for Your Fall Wood Garland
- Create several strings of beads, two short ones for the ends and 3 longer ones for between the leaves so you can move them around.
- Staple the strings to the back of the leaves (I used a staple gun) and trim the ends off (but don’t trim off too much or they won’t stay anchored).
- Add some ribbon ‘knots’ in between the beads and at the ends.
Stand your leaves up and admire your creation!
Fall Wood Leaf Garland Styled for Your Home
Here’s a reminder of the wood leaf garland in my fall kitchen.
But I decided to do a little more styling on my media console.
It was fun to style the “F” and the final “L” on their sides. They are ‘fall’ing! 😉
My new bread board is already getting a lot of use!
The little dots were so easy to create using ColorShot from Home Depot!
And one last look!
Now, let’s take a look at MORE fall decor crafts! Be-bop on over to my sweet friend Lynne’s blog at My Family Thyme for more wreath inspiration! Gotta love a hoop wreath… and the apples… well, you’ll see!
And be sure to take a look at all the inspiration in the links below!
|Autumn Blog Hop – “There’s No Place Like Home” – Crafts
|Blue Sky At Home
|Thistle Key Lane
|First Day of Home
|The Painted Apron
|My Humble Home & Garden
|My Hubbard Home
|Mantel and Table
|My Wee Abode
|My Family Thyme
|Celebrate and Decorate