I am so excited to share another fall craft idea! I had so much fun making these fall leaves for our family room. And this table just might be my favorite one ever.
Next time I do a fall leaf project, remind me to wait until the trees actually have fall leaves.
Somehow I imagined I could walk around our neighborhood and collect beautiful red and yellow leaves. But it’s early September in Southern California and it really is still summer. Did I mention it is going to be 114 degrees this weekend? Oh my!
Since leaf hunting was out of the question, I decided to make my own fall leaves. Now, should I have bought faux fall leaves to hang above our table? Probably so.
But just for the fun of it, I painted watercolor paper, ironed it flat, and then debossed and cut out the leaves on my Cricut machine.
Piece of cake. Haha.
(By the way, be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post to see twelve more great leaf projects!)
Ok, so maybe that wasn’t the smartest option. But it sure was fun.
And don’t these leaves look amazing? I am addicted to the deboss option on the Cricut. Look at those veins in the leaves.
What You Need to Make the Paper Leaves
Ten sheets of watercolor paper (14o lb, 10″ x 12″)
Paintbrush and glue gun
I used these four colors to mix all my paint colors. The more limited colors you use will lead to a more harmonious color palette.
How to Make the Paper Leaves
Paint the sheet of watercolor with water. Then drip thinned (with water) paint on the sheets. Move around to the desired look.
Place in the sun to dry and paint the backside of the watercolor paper.
This is what mine looked like.
Next, I found a maple leaf in the Cricut Design Store and I made my pattern. The pattern included debossing a pattern for the veins in the leaves. If you would like a copy of the SVG file with the maple leaf, just click here.
Place the dried watercolor paper on a cutting mat and be surer to use a brayer to adhere to the watercolor paper. I used the cutting setting for 140 lb. Watercolor paper.
I made three sizes of leaves and I absolutely love them. I also love that every leaf is different.
Next, I hung the leaves from our ladder chandelier in our dining room.
I cut 72″ lengths of fishing line and attached one leaf at each end with a hot glue gun.
I varied the lengths of the leaves and I absolutely love how this came out.
Don’t these leaves look like a pile of leaves from the yard?
I also found these wonderful glass copper 3″ x 4″ frames and I put the cut place cards inside.
Don’t forget that my daughter-in-law Charlotte is now making these place cards and more. You can find her Etsy store here.
All of the fall branches in this arrangement are from Amazon Home and can be found here. I just love these colors so much!
The glasses are vintage cranberry glass. Aren’t they incredible?
Be sure and check out a fall leaf project by a group of very talented bloggers. Their projects are wonderful!
13 Fall Leaf Project Ideas
Gold Dipped Leaf Place Cards – Modern Glam
How to Make a Paper Quilt Leaf – Happy Happy Nester
Fall Craft Ideas – Jennifer Maune
DIY Gilded Leaf Pumpkins – Tatertots & Jello
Watercolour Fall Leaf Free Printable Series – The Happy Housie
Fall Craft Ideas for Your Table – My 100 Year Old Home
Pressed Botanical Art – Craftberry Bush
Outdoor Fall Tablescape with Leaves – Hallstrom Home
Fall Wood Bead Garland – Lolly Jane
DIY Leaf Pillow – Thistlewood Farms
Dinner Rolls with a Cut Leaf Design – Twelve On Main
DIY Leaf Trivet – My Sweet Savannah
The Worst Project Made with Leaves Ever – Jennifer Rizzo
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