I love autumn. I love the colors, the cooler air, the jackets, the fires, the leaves falling to the ground. But, sometimes I need a change of decoration. While I love the traditional autumn decor, I was wanting to do something a little different this year - so out came the idea to make a color blocked leaf garland.
It is fairly simple and very fun. The biggest factor was time - it takes a while for the leaves to dry. But I am getting ahead of myself, so, for full instructions:
fake leaves - I found the green ones worked better than red
tape (hooray for washi tape)
Paint over your leaves with white acrylic paint. Let dry and the repeat. Once the leaves are dry and as white as you want, you get to add different colors! I color blocked different patterns onto my leaves, but you can do whatever you want. I would look great if you did the same pattern on each leaf. Allow for the color paint to dry. I let mine sit for a few hours. Then grab your twine and tape some to the wall. You can then go and tape the back of each leaf onto the twine. You could tape them all on the twine before hanging, but I didn't. I didn't want to worry about making sure they were all facing the correct way - ha!
I am enjoying how my garland turned out. It is sitting right above my fireplace (next time I will take a picture with the fireplace..) But we are welcoming fall in our house! If you like the banner "welcome fall" it will be available soon at Confetti Sunshine.