How to make a metallic leaf garland — the perfect use for fall foliage

Nov 2, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. ET
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Gather a few leaves and some metallic paint and bring the colors of fall indoors with warm metallic hues that add a little sparkle to your home.

DIY metallic fall leaf garland
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To make this craft you'll need some metallic paint (I love Martha Stewart's metallic line), leaves, neutral thread and a few paint brushes. You'll also need a sewing machine unless you have the patience for hand sewing.

DIY metallic fall leaf garland
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Head outside and gather up a few leaves. Place the leaves between the pages of a few heavy books to flatten them out. Leave the leaves to flatten overnight.

DIY metallic fall leaf garland
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Apply a coat of metallic paint to the front and back sides of the leaves. Add a second coat of paint to the leaves if needed, then set them aside to dry completely.

DIY metallic fall leaf garland
Image: Amy Vowles/SheKnows

After painting the leaves, I felt like they needed a little extra embellishment. Use a paint pen to decorate the leaves with different patterns. I had fun coming up with different designs that complemented the veining of the leaves.

DIY metallic fall leaf garland
Image: Amy Vowles/SheKnows

Thread your sewing machine with a color of thread that will blend nicely with the metallic paint colors. Start feeding the leaves lengthwise through the sewing machine. I used the longest stitch length possible on my machine to minimize the number of holes being created on each leaf.

DIY metallic fall leaf garland
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Sew all of the leaves together leaving a few stitches between each leaf to allow the garland to twist and turn when you hang it.

DIY metallic fall leaf garland
Image: Amy Vowles/SheKnows

As soon as you are done sewing, your new beautiful fall garland is ready to hang in your home.

How to make a metallic fall leaf garland

Supplies:

  • Fall leaves
  • Metallic paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Paint pen
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread

Directions:

  1. Gather some fall leaves and press them overnight between the pages of a heavy book.
  2. Paint the leaves with 1-2 coats of metallic paint.
  3. Embellish the leaves with the paint pen.
  4. Sew the leaves together end to end by feeding them lengthwise into the sewing machine. Use a long stitch length and leave a few stitches between each leaf as you sew.
  5. Once all the leaves have been sewn together, your garland is ready to hang.

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