Now that my girls are getting a little older (7 and 9) they are really getting into decorating for the seasons and holidays AND they are old enough to help. So this weekend the three of us worked together to make this fun fall garland with paper leaves.
How to Make a Fall Garland
- Select your colors. This is a great way to use up paper scraps! Select card stock in the fall colors of your choice and if you are using bigger pieces cut it down to less than 6″ so it will fit through your die-cut machine.
- Cut your leaves. This is a great job for kids. Just show them how to line up the paper on the leaf die and how to layer everything and they love to turn the crank and cut out all the leaves!
- Emboss your leaves. You don’t have to do this step but a little texture does add a lot!! Another great step for the kids to help with. Just place the leaves in an embossing folder (you can do more than one leaf at a time) and run the folder through your machine.
- Assemble your garland! Spread a line of wax paper down your table to protect it and then put the ribbon down. My daughter selected a color pattern that she wanted to use and handed me the leaves while I glued each down with Tombow Multi-Purpose Adhesive. It takes longer to dry (we left ours overnight) but it really stays stuck when hanging.
For me, hanging it up was the trickiest part. I cut my ribbon extra-long, used tacks to secure it to the wall just above my fireplace mantel, and then used candles to keep the ends in place where I wanted them.
Although some of the supplies I used are no longer available, here are the colors of card stock that I used along with some current Stampin’ Up! products that I think would make a nice fall garland. (updated September 2021)
Have fun making YOUR version of this garland!
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