04/11/2013

Loved It, Made It: DIY Painted Fall Leaves

DIY Painted Fall Leaves by Love From Ginger

I’m getting pretty jealous of everyone’s Fall instagram photos (and I’m starting to see snow too! Wowsers!). Down here we’re just about to hit summer head on so the only fallen leaves I’m seeing are the poor leaves on our overheated plants.

To make up for the lack of lovely leaves down here at the moment, I thought I’d follow the lead from Lauren of A Fabulous Fete and make some painted ones instead.

DIY Painted Fall Leaves by Love From Ginger

Supplies:

Dried leaves
Paint
Paint brushes
Gold thread
Sewing needle
Scissors

TIP: wrap your leaves in greaseproof paper and place under some heavy books for a few days to dry them out.

DIY Painted Fall Leaves by Love From Ginger

Step 01: Paint a base for your leaves.

You’ll need a few coats depending on the colour of your dried leaves.

DIY Painted Fall Leaves by Love From Ginger

DIY Painted Fall Leaves by Love From Ginger

Step 02: Add another colour to your leaves.

You can paint on stripes, dots of whatever pattern takes your fancy!

DIY Painted Fall Leaves by Love From Ginger

Step 03: Tie the ends of your gold thread together and then sewing from the bottom go up onto the right side of the leaf and down again to the wrong side.

You can now attach your leaves to whatever you like.

DIY Painted Fall Leaves by Love From Ginger

You can make a garland by sewing them together.

This would a pretty Thanksgiving decoration don’t you think?

DIY Painted Fall Leaves by Love From Ginger

To make your little painted leaves tree, place your leaves on a branch to see where you’d like them to be attached.

Then, using the same technique as you did for sewing the garland, sew your leaves onto the branch.

DIY Painted Fall Leaves by Love From Ginger

Wrap the ends of the leaves around the branch with your gold thread to keep them secure.

To finish, just sew your thread through the back of the wrapped part and tie a knot.

DIY Painted Fall Leaves by Love From Ginger

I really love having this pop of colour on my studio desk.

Polka dots always make for happy decor!

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11 thoughts on “Loved It, Made It: DIY Painted Fall Leaves

  1. Vixi

    This is so beautiful and creative, no words just staring this amazing creation.! Well done Rachael and thank you for shearing it! Have a nice week <3

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    1. Rach Post author

      Awww…thanks Vixi!! This one is really easy and so much fun – I’m totally into polka dots right now, so basically I’m just trying to find places to put them ;) Have a wonderful week!

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  2. Fiona

    Eep, these are so pretty! At first I thought they were seed pods, they look so 3-d. Love all the colours and patterns, would definitely make a house a happy place :)

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  4. Kay

    Absolutely Gorgeous!! Funny I just raked leaves and filled 2 bags full!! I have try this out! Than for always posting the coolest creations!

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