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How to Make a Garland – Fall Craft

There’s just something about leaves in the Fall. I’ve already shared some DIY Leaf projects but this may be my favorite. I was browsing Liz Marie Blog and she had this amazing Leaf Garland and since I’m always up for a challenge, I decided to see if I could make something similar.

Here are all the details on How to Make a Garland, using regular brown craft paper, a simple leaf fall craft for you to try.

It’s actually super easy and inexpensive to make and I can’t wait for you to see the results.

Supplies for Fall Craft Leaf Garland

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How to Make a Garland

First, to begin this fall craft, you need to determine how long you want your garland to be.

I wanted a 6 ft. garland so I cut my Vine Wire 6 1/2 ft. This allows 3 inches on either end to use for attaching if needed.

Design and Cut Leaves

Next create a template for your leaves. I made 5 different shapes and size leaves using a piece of light weight card board. You can trace actual leaves or print a leaf shape to copy, if you’re not good at drawing them yourself. Keep your patterns simple for ease of cutting.

You will want to cut more than one leaf at a time, so cut a length of your craft paper and fold it several times.

Now you are ready to trace your leaf designs and cut them out. I used these razor edge scissors which worked great for cutting the smaller details on some of the leaves.

You can easily cut six to eight leaves each time. There is no need for each leaf to be perfectly the same so don’t worry about the paper slipping or mis-cutting a detail from your pattern.

Cut a variety of each leaf. I’m not sure how many leaves I used but your can always cut more if you run short at the end.

How to Make a Garland Fall Craft using craft paper for the leaves.

Assemble Leaf garland

Next, start approx. 3″ from the end of your vine wire and begin attaching the paper leaves to the wire, using hot glue.

Place a line of glue at the bottom edge of the leaves and wrap around the wire.

CAUTION: I recommend placing your glue gun on a low setting, but still be cautious when pressing the leaf around the wire. It is easy to burn your fingers with the hot glue.

Fall Craft - How to make a Leaf Garland with craft paper.

Be sure to alternate the leaf designs as you assemble along the wire.

I also recommend placing them, first to one side and then the next one to the opposite side, as you see below.

Fall Craft - How to make a Leaf Garland with craft paper.

Fall Craft Leaf Garland

I was amazed at how quickly the garland came together. I did have to cut approx. 8 more leaves to finish the project.

The garland was ready to use immediately after the last leaf was in place.

DIY Fall Leaf Garland displayed on a cabinet. Easy Fall Craft

The vine wire allows the garland to be easily bent, where needed, to curve around your mantel or shelf.

Do you remember when I found this cabinet. I’m still trying to fill all the little drawers. You can see the details on this treasure here.

DIY Fall Leaf Garland displayed on a shelf. Easy Fall Craft

I added the garland to the top of a shelf on our screened porch. The rustic feel of the paper garland works perfectly with the wheat wreath.

You can see the table view of this porch here.

DIY Fall Leaf Garland displayed on a shelf. Easy Fall Craft

Did you see how I made these Leaf Chargers and the Plaster Leaves hanging on the light fixture here? Click on the red high lighted items to link to those tutorials.

I hope you enjoyed this simple tutorial on How to Make a Garland. It is an inexpensive and simple project. I hope you give it a try.

DIY Fall Leaf Garland displayed on a shelf. Easy Fall Craft

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Thanks so much for stopping by today. I look forward to sharing my next adventure with you.

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Michelle Bagby

Thursday 28th of October 2021

Oh so wonderful! Made mine with the flat brown coffee filters (so much easier to cut.) 2 boxes made PLENTY. Looks darling on my Thanksgiving table. Thank you! MIc

Thursday 28th of October 2021

Michelle, Thats great. Thanks so much for sharing.


Saturday 16th of October 2021

This is the funniest thing. I had just finished seeing this garland on Liz Marie’s blog and thought how cute it was and my next stop was here ! Couldn’t believe it when I saw you made one! I love it! Approximately how many leaves do you think it took to cover the six foot vine? Did you freehand your leaves or find a template?

Saturday 16th of October 2021

Colleen, Oh that is so great. You made my day by saying this. I haven't counted but several. I drew my own templates for approx. 4 different shaped leaves for my garland. I cut a few at the end to finish the garland. I suggest cutting approx. 70-80 if you want a full garland.

Michelle @ The Painted Hinge

Thursday 14th of October 2021

This is so pretty Rachel, and so easy to make to boot! What's not to love?

Thanks so much for sharing it with us on Farmhouse Friday! We're featuring you in tomorrow's party!

Thursday 14th of October 2021

Michelle, You are so sweet. I really appreciate you for sharing.


Wednesday 13th of October 2021

Rachel, This is one of the prettiest (if not the prettiest) paper leaf garlands I have ever seen! So lovely! I shared it in my newsletter that went out today! Pinning!

Wednesday 13th of October 2021

Chloe, You are so sweet. This means so much coming from you.

Cindy Rust

Sunday 10th of October 2021

Love the neutral tones of this garland Rachel! I pinned this idea so I can make it next year! Loved your YouTube video tutorial too!

Monday 11th of October 2021

Cindy, I really appreciate this. Thanks for stopping by.