I love fall. The cooler weather after the southern summers is a blessing! The beauty of the leaves always takes my breath away. God has created such beauty in each season and I try to enjoy each one for its uniqueness.
I found the idea for these leaves while searching for paper flower ideas for my daughter’s upcoming wedding. It is a simple project but to make several of them does take time. I spent a few hours working on the leaves themselves then let them dry over night before doing anything with them.
- tissue paper in assorted colors (I couldn’t find orange or brown tissue paper, but I did find napkins the right color. Worked well, just make sure you divide the layers if they are 2-ply napkins.)
- binder, clothes pin or paper clip
- floral wire
- wire cutters
- Mod Podge ®
- paint brush
How To Do It:
I am just using the red leaf for instructions. All leaves are made the same way
Now, if you want to stiffen the leaves and make them shiny and more realistic, paint a little Mod Podge between the leaves (to hold them together better) and paint one side of the outside. The paper tends to curl like a real leaf and you can also bend the wire to shape them.
I saw a garland in a magazine that I liked but couldn’t afford. Like to make my own stuff anyway. The garland had lights, like Christmas lights, in it. I thought “why not make some leaves and attach them to some lights and make my own?’ So that is what I am doing. I have actually found “Halloween” lights, Christmas lights that are all orange or purple, that I am using.
You could also make long steams for the leaves and put them in a long neck bottle as a center piece. You could also make several of the same leaf and attach them to a tree branch and make a small, fall tree for your home. Let your inspiration lead you.