Of course we all know that real autumn leaves can be preserved, but if you don’t have the time and are looking for a way to bring the falling leaves inside, you can make your own leaves (in colors and textures that appeal to you and your spaces) in no time at all. Here’s what you’ll need to make framed leaves.
- A Leaf template
- Variety of textured, color papers
- Desired number of see through glass and wood frames
1. Make a template of a fall leaf. You can do this by finding a real leaf with a shape you love and trace it, or sketch it larger if you like. Or, you can find one on the internet, copy and paste it into a document that you can use at any size you like, print it and cut it out. There are lots of ways to get a leaf shape in a size that will fill the frame to make your own framed leaves.
2. Place the template on the textured, colored paper and trace around it with a pencil.
3. Using scissors, cut out the leaf, removing all the pencil markings as you cut.
4. Insert cut leaf between the two glass pieces of the see through glass frame, being very careful of the glass edges.
5. Re-assemble glass back into frame and it’s ready to hang!
When Matt and I did this project, we made six of them in various textures and colors and hung them in a collage, three across by two down. It looked great in the den we were working in because it was decorated with fall colors and the neutral wall color showed through the glass behind the framed leaves….very nice.