I love to decorate my home for the seasons, especially Fall! Although I have a fireplace, it’s a built-in and doesn’t have a mantle. Instead I use the space on top of my up right piano as my “mantle”. I currently have a vintage mirror on top of my piano that I often hang some type of garland across. After deciding on a color palette of cream and gold I knew I wanted to try making a paper oak leaf garland for my mirror. Originally, I thought I would use old book pages but later decided sheet music would be more appropriate since it will be hanging in a space where music is created.
This paper oak leaf garland is very easy to make and can be completed in an evening.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Use the oak leaf pattern download to trace and cut several leaves from sheet music or old book pages. Place the leaves on the gold ink pad and tap lightly with your finger to create an uneven application of the ink. Use a dowel or pencil to curl the tips of the leaves and to create a crease down the center shaping your leaves to give them a realistic look.
Follow the same process with the decorative handmade paper. I chose a metallic gold paper to compliment the gold ink.
Cut a piece of the wired twine to your desired length. Using a low temp hot glue gun, glue the paper leaves onto the wired twine in an overlapping and alternating way. Being sure to vary the leaf size and paper type.
Create a loop at both ends of the wired twine for hanging the garland and that’s it! You just made a simple yet elegant paper oak leaf garland! I like to layer my garlands. Pictured here, is a bottom layer of vintage doilies folded in half and hung over a piece of twine, then the paper oak leaf garland and a top layer of a simple popcorn stitch crochet garland. If anyone is interested in how I made the popcorn crochet garland, leave a comment and I’ll post the pattern.