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
- Brown Craft Paper – this is a full roll! I use craft paper for everything, especially now.
- Vine Wire
- Wire Snips
- Scissors – I prefer these razor edge scissors for this project.
- Hot glue gun & Glue
- Yard Stick
- Pencil or Pen
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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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