Do you let your Halloween decorations sit out for a while? I took mine down on Wednesday, and the house looks a bit bare. For me, it’s too early for Christmas stuff, but I love Thanksgiving and still want the house to feel festive. Unfortunately, I don’t have very many Thanksgiving decorations, so I whipped this one up today. This leaf garland only took about an hour to make, and I had all the supplies I needed on hand. Want to make one for yourself? Here’s a quick tutorial!
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
The supply list for this project is blessedly short. Here’s what I used:
- White craft paint and a small brush (or a white paint pen if you’ve got one!)
- White crayon
- 6 foot length of string
- Magnolia or other thick, sturdy leaves
I gathered my leaves from around my neighborhood. Magnolia leaves work particularly well for this leaf garland, since they are so thick, but you can use other dry leaves–oak would look quite charming.
Step 2: Arrange Your Leaves
Sort your leaves by size, and then place the largest one in the center, and create a graduated row, with the smallest on the ends. Don’t mind all the glitter on my dining room table. I have a 5 year old daughter, so my house has a perpetual coating of glitter.
Step 3: Draw Your Letters
I chose the word ‘Gratitude’, but you can spell whatever word you like. I just lightly freehanded my letters onto my leaves with a white crayon. If you’re not confident in your fancy writing abilities, type the word in a pretty font, and copy that onto your leaves. We’re going for rustic here, so don’t worry too much. Mine are FAR from perfect (I mean, look at that lumpy u!), but the end result looks fine.
Step 4: Paint Your Letters
This part is fun! Paint over your crayon lines with white paint or a paint pen. My paint was annoyingly thin, so I had to go over each letter a couple times to make them opaque.
Step 5: Tie Your Leaves Together
This step is a little fiddly. Find the center of your string and tie your center letter there by the stem. I just did a double knot on each one. Work your way out from the center, leaving about 4 inches between leaves.
Step 6: Hang Your Leaf Garland!
I like how mine looks on the fireplace mantle, but it would look just as lovely over a window or door or just on the wall. Enjoy!