I haven’t decorated for fall in years, but decided to this year and I am so glad I did. I mean, I will most likely regret the decision when I am frantically putting up Christmas decorations, but for now, I’m going to enjoy it.
I decided to keep things really simple. I used a few decorations that had been collecting dust in the garage, re-purposed some of my Halloween decor and made a few leaf garlands. The leaf garlands are without a doubt my favorite addition to the house. It cost me less than $10 to make (and that’s including the felt ball garland, which I already had), the kids were able to help me and it didn’t take long to complete. Plus, Luc is really into water coloring these days so I figured I might as well put him to work. 😉 The fact that he helped make the leaves makes the decorations extra special.
To make one, you will need the following:
White cardstock paper
- Search google or Pinterest to find a leaf template. There are tons available. I used this one, but had to enlarge it and make a few adjustments. Unfortunately, I can’t offer the one I altered as a printable, but it shouldn’t be too hard to find a leaf template you like.
- Print out the leaves on white cardstock.
- Use red, orange, yellow and brown watercolors to paint the leaves.
- Once dry, cut out leaves.
- Using the mini clothespins, hang the leaves on the garland.
*As another option, you could punch holes in the leaves (one on each side of the top like a banner) and string them up. That is what I did for the garland hanging in my kitchen.*
This really was a fun and easy project that added a bit of color and “fall feel” to our house. It also gave my simple garland a whole new life and looks so beautiful hanging from my mantle. I hope this inspires you to create some fall decor of your own. Happy Fall Y’all! 🙂