Since autumn began I've been wanting to do some autumnal themed crafts with my boy to have some fun and to make something nice for our home. I had seen some beautiful autumn leaf garlands on Pinterest made out fake leaves but I was intent on making ours out of real leaves. I took my boy on a nature walk, something which was on my toddler autumn/winter bucket list and we collected lots of leaves and conkers in the woods for our crafts. I was going to use the conkers as part of the garland too but decided to leave them out and just focus on the beautiful colours of the leaves instead.
I used some gorgeous gold rope which was part of a little toga costume Tyler Lee had lying around. I then sewed some leaves onto the rope using a very thin needle and some thread. I sadly ran out of thread and had to resort to stapling the remaining leaves onto the rope but this actually worked fine, the didn't tear and stayed on the rope. I then covered some of the leaves with some PVA glue I had and sprinkled glitter onto the glue covered leaves, you can never go wrong with a bit of glitter! I decided to have a plain leaf, a glittered leaf, a plain leaf and so on as I didn't want to go glitter overboard and wanted to show off the gorgeous reds, browns, yellows and tinges of green on the leaves. That's all it took to make this lovely garland, just a few bits lying around the house and some leaves and I'm absolutely delighted with our thrifty autumnal decoration, I love it!
I have the garland hanging on the garden fence and the glitter is shining so brightly in the sun, it's stunning. This is such a simple thing to do and was lots of fun to make with my boy but I think it looks beautiful and is such a great autumnal decoration to have. I think I'll leave it in our garden on the fence but I also think something like this would be lovely to frame a mirror or hang on the mantlepiece.
Next up on our autumn crafts list is leaf printing, I hope our efforts turn out just as lovely as our garland.