Have you seen all the great Dollar Tree Woodcraft cutouts? I recently picked up several of their Fall leaves and couldn’t wait to use them in my fall decor. I love using old book pages for DIY projects, and today’s leaf craft combines them with inexpensive Dollar Tree Woodcrafts. I can’t wait for you to see how this project turned out.
One of the easiest and most affordable ways to decorate for fall is to combine free old book pages and cheap Dollar Tree Decor. With just a few simple supplies, you can create beautiful and unique pieces that will add a touch of autumn to your home.
Table of contents
- What Are Dollar Tree Woodcrafts Cutouts?
- How Can I Use Dollar Tree Woodcrafts?
- What is Old Book Leaf Crafts?
- DIY Old Book Leaf Craft Tutorial
- How To Decorate with Old Book Page Wooden Leaves
What Are Dollar Tree Woodcrafts Cutouts?
Woodcraft cutouts are designs cut from very thin plywood and are designed for crafts. Back in the day, these types of cutouts were not mass-produced, and you had to cut your own designs with a bandsaw. Now you don’t have to do all the work and can pick up many creative designs for much cheaper than you can make them.
You should check out Dollar Tree if you are looking for woodcraft cutouts. They have an amazing selection of seasonal wooden cutouts that will get your creative ideas flowing.
Plus, they are only $1.25 and, therefore, budget-friendly for creating unique home decor.
They have acorns, pumpkins, leaves, and more for fall decor. They also have seasonal word cutouts to add to wall decor and other fall craft projects
Their Christmas supplies are already in stock, and I found large wooden cutouts of Christmas ornaments and more.
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How Can I Use Dollar Tree Woodcrafts?
The choices for using Dollar Tree Woodcrafts are unlimited. Allow your creativity to explode with ideas as you stroll the aisles. Here are a few easy ways to create home decor with these inexpensive cutouts.
- Paint them with craft paints. You can add creative designs like stripes and dots.
- Add stamps or stickers to allow kids to decorate the cutouts.
- Add napkin decoupage to decorate them.
- String them together to make a garland.
- Decoupage them with old book pages, fabric, ribbons, and more.
What is Old Book Leaf Crafts?
Old Book Leaf Crafts is an eco-friendly way to upcycle old books. You can pick up old books that have seen better days for pennies at thrift stores.
Instead of throwing old books away, consider what you can do with them.
First, you can remove damaged covers and tie a few together with ribbon or jute twine. They are great for adding to bookshelves or table vignettes.
Some books are beyond salvaging, but the pages are still useful.
You can cut the old book pages into leaf shapes to create garlands, place cards, place mats, and more.
Today, I’m sharing how to combine old book leaf crafts with Dollar Tree Woodcrafts for a unique fall leaf decoration.
See more ideas at the end of this post.
DIY Old Book Leaf Craft Tutorial
The great thing about the Dollar Tree Woodcrafts cutouts is they need little to no prep work to start your projects. I did remove the raffia bow from the wooden leaves for this design.
To begin this leaf craft project, locate some old book pages. I have several books that are falling apart, and I like the ones that have yellowed with age. You need pages that are large enough to cover the smaller leaf on the cutout.
Trace the leaf design
You will want to trace the leaf onto the book page. Begin by laying the page over the small portion of the leaf.
Next, use a pencil or brush handle and rub around the edges. This will leave a trace of the leaf or indention on the paper.
Finally, use an exacto knife to cut the leaf design from the book page. This will leave a ragged edge which is the look I want for this project.
You can cut the design with scissors if you would rather have a smooth edge.
Stain or Paint the Larger portion of the leaf
Now, you can paint the larger portion of the leaf in your desired color. I chose to use Rub N Buff wax in Antique gold.
Brush the wax onto the leaf until the area is covered, and use a small cloth or paper towel to buff until all areas look even. Don’t worry if the wax gets on the smaller leaf, as it will be covered with the book page.
Fold and Crinkle Leaves For Leaf Craft Project
You want to give the leaves an aged look for this leaf craft project. You can begin by folding the leaf in half and then wad it up to crinkle it.
Please make sure to smooth the leaf as much as possible before adhering to the woodcraft cutout.
Decoupage the old book page
Next, apply a liberal amount of Mod Podge to the small portion of the wooden leaf.
Press the old book page leaf onto the mod podge aligning the two leaves.
Then, apply another generous coat of mod podge over the top of the paper.
One application is usually enough; however, if you notice any areas that don’t adhere, apply a second coat.
Stain to finish the book page leaf.
Once the mod podge has completely dried, cut any excess paper that overlaps the wooden leaf.
Then, use a small amount of dark wax around the edges of the book page leaf. The edges of the design don’t have to be perfect. The wax will help to give the leaves a rustic, aged appearance.
In addition, the wax adds a burnt appearance to the edges of the paper.
How To Decorate with Old Book Page Wooden Leaves
You can use your book page wooden leaves to decorate your home for fall in several ways. They look great hanging from a wooden shelf or peg board.
They would also look good as place cards on a fall tablescape.
However, I decided to use mine at the end of my staircase banister.
To do so, tie each leaf to a length of jute twine.
Allow the leaves to drop down from each other with a slight overlap. Then, tie the twine to the banister and make a bow with additional jute.
It was a simple and inexpensive project that cost less than $5.00.
What would you do with the old book page leaves? I’d love to hear your ideas.
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