Staying Stylish in Suburbia

DIY gold gilded leaf garland

Monday, November 18, 2013

One of my favorite things about having a mantel are the little touches you can add or subtract from season to season. This autumn I went for simple leaf garland, adding a bit of bling with gold and white painted designs. Here is the result...

Materials Needed

All you need for this simple project is the following
  • A variety of fallen autumn leaves (I collected mine in the back yard)
  • Gold metallic spray-paint 
  • White acrylic paint (optional)
  • White acrylic paint pen (I used Craft smart from Michael's)
  • Twine
  • Hot glue gun

How it's done

  • Collect a variety of fallen leaves. 
  • Measure the length of the mantle you are hanging them from and cut a piece of twine to fit it.
  •  Next figure out the order you want the leaves to go in. You can do this by laying them out on the ground in even spaces along the twine. 
  • Then take the twine away and put the leaves on a tarp or some sort of plastic or paper ground cover to spray them with the gold spray paint. (For the white leaf I painted it with the acrylic white paint (2 coats) and then spray painted the tip gold.)
  •  Next, let them dry. (It only takes a few minutes.) 
  • Then add whatever design you want to by drawing over the gold with the white acrylic paint pen. Just make sure you don't press too hard or you'll break the leaf. 
  • Finally you'll want to add a dot of glue on the back of each leaf, gently attaching it to the twine in the decided order.

The final garland

So what do you think? Is this something you might try? Of course if you don't like the gold and white you could always go for a different color scheme. If you like what you see here don't forget to "like" my Facebook page to keep updated on my future posts. Thanks for stopping by! xoxo


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