Paper Oak Leaf Garland

October 7, 2015, In: Creativity, DIY, Home Decor, Living

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.

Paper Oak Leaf Garland

This paper oak leaf garland is very easy to make and can be completed in an evening.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • low temperature glue gun and glue sticks
  • wired twine
  • gold ink pad
  • decorative handmade paper
  • sheet music or book pages
  • oak leaf pattern (download available here)

Paper Oak Leaf Garland

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.

Paper Oak Leaf Garland

Follow the same process with the decorative handmade paper. I chose a metallic gold paper to compliment the gold ink.

Paper Oak Leaf Garland

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.

Paper Oak Leaf Garland

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.

Paper Oak Leaf Garland

Salute, Sharleen

  1. This project sounds awesome! Your picture is not working, but I liked what I could see from the thumbnail at the linky party. Thanks for sharing and co-hosting at the #HomeMattersParty – you’re lovely! 🙂

    Life With Lorelai

  2. How pretty! Looks so easy I might have to try it! It’s great co-hosting with you at the #HomeMattersParty

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