Thursday, September 16, 2010

Easy Leaf Garland

When I got home this afternoon there was a box waiting for me, inside were two beautiful baskets from the French Basketeer. Right away the little one wanted the small basket for her own and started filling it with flowers.

I noticed the leaves were already changing on the Dogwood tree so I called her over to see. We gathered up a bunch and brought them in.

I wanted to use them somewhere so I decided to make a garland for the mantel. It took me less than ten minutes to put together.

I poked a tiny hole at the end of one leaf; I used the tip of a sharp knife.

Before I pushed the stem of another leaf through I used a dot of hot glue.

It's not necessary to attach them by the stem, that's just how I started so I went with it. 

I used hot glue to attach it to the mantel; the the Nester says it will come right off, just be sure to test it first. I am curious to see how long this lasts, who knows, it might look terrible in the morning. I will keep you posted.

Centsational Girl is having a decorating with autumn leaves party.



  1. Very creative!! I love this idea, and I think it looks great! Keeping my fingers crossed for you that it stays up. :)

  2. Holy cow! I can't believe you hot glued it on to your mantel!! Gutsy! Please do tell us if it comes right off because that would save me a lot of trouble with decorating - especially at Christmas. What a fun activity for you and your cutie pie!! She looks so excited!!

  3. Londen, you & La Petite have just made my day! I'm so glad you love the baskets...the sizes are perfect for her the next few years.....the pic is just adorable, and I am very impressed with the garland, I will have to try that! Bisous from Beaune,

  4. Oh how pretty! Even if it doesn't last, it would be fun to make another:)

  5. Blog surfing and popping in to say Hi!:)
    This is such a simple fall decorating idea that looks great...right up my ally!:)

    I love your playroom, we are in the process of redoing our basement playroom Pottery Barn style on a budget! You guys did an amazing job. Love it all.

    Enjoy the day and I look forward to popping back in again soon.

  6. Very pretty, and what a cute helper you have! :)

  7. I love your projects. The garland is lovely, and I hope it made it through the night. xoxo

  8. I love fall and all it brings! Great fun project. Looks very cute on your mantel. It is great to do those kinds of things with your daughter. Now my daughter is 12, it is much harder to do them. She is very busy and growing up fast. Like I said before, hold on tight and cherish every precious minute at this age! Every age is great : ) Have fun!

  9. that is so cute and clever! and i love that it is made out of pieces of your own yard! your daughter is adorable.

  10. Very cute and clever, and looks easy enough! I'm all for easy :)

  11. So fun! Let us know how the hot glue works/comes off.

  12. What a great idea!
    Just wanted to let you know I featured you on my blog today! Hope you don't mind!!!
    And I'm a new follower!!!

  13. What a cute (and EASY) idea! I have yet to start decorating for the fall. And thanks for the sweet comment this morning. Just a little encouragement if you really want to learn how to sew...I had no clue as to what a bobbin was as of Jan this year. I learned most I know from some wonderful blogs :-)

  14. heeeyyyy!!!

    oh i love anything natural in a home for fall. well, anytime for that matter. it is simply beautiful.

    thanks so much for linking up to the FALL FESTIVAL. i am thrilled to have you over.

    take care.

  15. i just tweeted about this too.

    are you on twitter?

    you need to be. i would love to follow you.

  16. Cute! I've always wanted to try a real leaf garland a la Martha, but I've been deathly afraid of dried, crumbling leaves. Keep us posted as to how this holds up!

  17. I love this idea and your helper is such a cutie!
    Happy weekend to you Londen.

  18. What a perfect idea!!!!!
    Have a pretty day!

  19. Your daughter is darling! I love the baskets and the garland for the mantle is so fun. What a clever idea with the leaves. I like that it is so simple, too!