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Make This: Colorful Leaf Garland for Fall and Thanksgiving

DIY fall leaf garland for Thanksgiving

Autumn brings to mind some of the best memories for me, like the crunch of leaves underfoot, the crisp, fresh air and the trees ablaze in brilliant shades of red and yellow.

It’s only natural to want to bring some of those elements indoors, and one easy way to do this is by making a fall leaf garland to show off those fantastic fall colors.       

DIY fall leaf garland for Thanksgiving

This is a nice, quick project for an afternoon indoors, so grab a hot chocolate and a pair of scissors and let’s get crafting!

DIY fall leaf garland for Thanksgiving

Materials

  • White cardboard
  • Paper in fall colors
  • Leaf template
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Hole punch
  • Twine

DIY fall leaf garland for Thanksgiving

Step

Download the fall leaf template, print it out onto white card and cut out the leaf shapes. 

DIY fall leaf garland for Thanksgiving

Trace around the leaf template shapes onto the back of your colored paper. Trace as many leaves as you’ll need to fill the length of your fall leaf garland.

DIY fall leaf garland for Thanksgiving

Step

Cut out the leaves you traced with a pair of scissors.

DIY fall leaf garland for Thanksgiving

Step

Punch two holes in each leaf with a small hole punch. You’ll use these holes to attach the leaves to your garland.

DIY fall leaf garland for Thanksgiving

Angle your holes in various ways to make your leaves hang in different directions: 

  • Two holes straight across will make your leaf point straight down.
  • Having one hole higher on the left will make your leaf point to the right.
  • Having one hole higher on the right will make your leaf point to the left. 

DIY fall leaf garland for Thanksgiving

Step

Cut a long length of twine and tie a knot in one end.

DIY fall leaf garland for Thanksgiving

Step

Get the opposite (unknotted) end of the twine and start threading your leaves onto it. Alternate between leaves of different colors, shapes and directions.

DIY fall leaf garland for Thanksgiving

Step

Once all your leaves have been threaded on, tie a knot at the end to secure them in place.

DIY fall leaf garland for Thanksgiving

It’s easy to tweak this fall leaf garland to suit your fall decorating - just use alternative colors and maybe other types of leaves for a completely different look!

DIY fall leaf garland for Thanksgiving

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Judy Hall on Nov 13, 2017:

Thanks Stephanie!!


Stephanie Lee on Nov 13, 2017:

Hi Judy! I think I used around 40 leaves for my garland all up, but I only made a small one for hanging over my window. To make a larger one, you might need closer to 60 leaves. I hope that helps :)


Judy H. on Nov 12, 2017:

So darling! Can you estimate the number of leaves you needed for your garland? Thanks!


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