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Falling Leaves Garland Tutorial

November 11, 2013

Falling Leaves Garland

This has been one of the most beautiful autumns in a while.  Every day, I think the foliage has reached its peak, and then the next day is lovelier still. We have been gathering dozens of colorful leaves (and pinecones, and sticks, and acorns, and it looks like my child is destined to become a hoarder), and David pressed a bunch of them in a big book, figuring we’d want to make something with them. Today, we got out a few craft supplies and put together what turned out to be a pretty little mantle decoration. So, if you, too have been collecting those spectacular leaves, why not make a simple falling leaves garland for your home? Here’s the how-to:

You will need:

Falling Leaf Garland Supplies

To make this garland, you’ll need just a few supplies:

1. A needle. I used a ridiculously long doll needle, because I had one on hand (don’t ask), but any sewing needle with a large enough eye to fit your yarn will work.

2. Yarn. The thicker the yarn, the more control you’ll have over the placement of your leaves. You could also use thread or fishing line, if you don’t want it to show.

3. Pressed leaves. We stuck ours in a very thick book for nearly a week.


This couldn’t be easier. Cut a 16″ of yarn and tie a knot in one end. Thread your needle and thread about 10 leaves onto your string, leaving a couple inches between each one.

Falling Leaves Garland Process

If your yarn is thick, your leaves with stay wherever you place them, if you’re using thread or fishing line,  you’ll have to tie a knot in between each leaf. You don’t want things to be too uniform–the leaves should look like they’re just randomly falling. Once you’re happy with the arrangement, tie the top off in a loop and hang from a mantle (just make sure it isn’t too close to the fire, because dried leaves are really flammable) or in front of a window. As you can see above, my leaves weren’t particularly vibrant, but when the light comes through them, they are really beautiful.

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Falling Leaves Garland

This is such an easy way to display your leaves–give it a try!

One Comment leave one →
  1. Anna permalink
    November 11, 2013 8:27 am

    I love this idea!

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