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Todays post is a fabulous craft idea that even the smallest children can help with. I love decorating the mantlepiece in our dining room, which doubles as our craft room. And this decoration is made even better by the fact that it costs practically nothing to make and is compostable afterwards! Here is how to make an autumn leaf garland.
How To Make An Autumn Leaf Garland
I love Autumn. The colours of the leaves and the slight chill to the air makes it my favourite time of year. For me there is nothing better than bringing those colours into your home.
And even better, it is lovely to go hunting for all the materials needed to make this wonderful autumn garland. I love going to the park with my little girl and trying to find the most diverse range of colours to make this fabulous decoration that will brighten up any room in your home.
Ready to make this garland? Read on to see how!
You Will Need
- 100% cotton string or burlap twine
- A selection of autumnal decor – such as conkers (buckeyes), leaves, and flowers. I love Chinese lantern flowers (Physalis Alkekengi) because they look a little like pumpkins and so they really brighten up the display.
- A bradawl, thin screwdriver or sharp scissors.
Importantly, an adult will need to make the holes through any conkers used with a sharp bradawl or thin screwdriver. But then after that it is then very easy for a child to thread the leaves, flowers and conkers onto the string or burlap twine. So this is a brilliant family activity.
Here’s a couple of tips to remember:
- TIP 1 – tie a knot before and after threading a conker – to prevent them from drifting too far out of place.
- TIP 2 – make 2 small slits towards the tops of the leaves rather than in the middle – which stops the leaves from twirling too much when threaded in place.
It is very easy to thread the leaves when moist, and I would certainly recommend not waiting too long before threading collected leaves or they dry out and become brittle.
The Finished Garland
Over time, you may find that the leaves do dry out completely and become quite delicate. If they start to crumble a little too much, maybe it is time to take the garland down and make another. Or maybe you could make our Halloween Garland instead!
In any case, once you have taken down the garland, if you have used 100% cotton string or burlap twine, the whole thing can just be placed in your garden compost bin. Meaning that there is absolutely zero waste. Which to me is totally the best type of decoration that there is!
Happy decorating, and have a wonderful autumn!
Do you think that you will be making any autumn garlands this year? I would love to see your makes. Comment below, or find me on social media.
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