One of my favorite things about the fall is the leaves changing colors. For a few weeks, the world looks like a painting and it's so magical! Even though these colorful leaves can't be found on any natural tree (but can you imagine?!) I think they will add the perfect hint of color to your fall decor or Friendsgiving dinner. This tutorial features leaves from my fave party shop, Oriental Trading, and some Martha Stewart Paints. This garland is so easy to make that it's not even funny! If you've ever wanted to paint a tree but had no artistic talent, this project's for you!
You will need:
Burlap Leaves from Oriental Trading
Hot Glue Gun
*The colors I used were Hydrangea Purple, Beach Glass, Orange Soda, Yellowjacket, and Date Night Pink
Step 1: If your paints are brand new, remove the seal. Deduct points if you were accidentally slightly squeezing the bottle and spewed neon paint all over yourself, then dropped the seal on the carpet, paint-side down.....
2. Cover your workspace with scrap paper. The paint will seep through the holes in the burlap, so be sure you have it adequately covered!
3. Paint the leaves with complimentary colors so that the original color gets covered up. Let dry. Flip over and paint the other side. If the color of the leaf is still seeping through, paint a second coat.
4. Repeat for as many leaves as you would like and let them dry overnight.
5. Cut a length of ribbon or twine long enough for your leaves plus a little extra to hang it. Glue the leaves onto the twine, evenly spaced out, starting at the center.
6. Hang up and enjoy!
And that's all there is to it! I think this would be a super fun pre-Friendsgiving day activity. You can invite over your gals, have some moscato, and paint leaves into the night while watching a rom-com! Then everyone gets a fun parting gift they can hang up and remember you by. It's super affordable too!
So what do you think? Will you be inviting your besties over to create this colorful garland? What would you watch as you make it? Let me know in the comments below!