Ok, I think I have finally finished my fall mantel. I was so excited about making this banner, seriously I had been dreaming of it for awhile.
While part of me was concerned that it wouldn’t look as beautiful as I had imagined it to be, I couldn’t wait to get started on this project, especially because I love every excuse I can get to paint something!
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Seriously, when I opened up the beautiful paint set that my in-laws gave me for Christmas last year I literally walked around our house looking for things to paint on.
I felt like a little kid with finger paints!
So pretty much any excuse I get (or create) to paint, I take it!
Like the DIY Chalkboard or the DIY Autumn Canvas? Check out these other Fall ideas!
Since this year’s fall mantel theme has been been filled with dark/neutrals with pops of color, I thought that creating a book page banner would fit perfectly with the rest of my decor.
The great thing about this Fall Leaves Banner is that you could easily paint the leaves any color you want or even print them onto colored or patterned paper to create a banner like this Spring Book Page Banner.
Plus don’t you just love saving an old book from the trash & upcycling it for a fun fall project?
What you’ll need:
Printing or Card Stock Paper – Either will work just fine!
Scissors for intricate cutting
First, print & cut out the fall leaves from Oil & Blue.
Next, place them on old newspapers & paint them with the black paint. If you are using regular printing paper the leaves might curl a little from the wet paint but don’t worry it flattens out with glue!
While the leaves are drying print & cut out the fall banner template.
Next, trace the fall banner template onto book pages using a highlighter & cut the highlighted banner out of the book pages.
*Note: Repeated use of the highlighter on the template can cause the paper to get too wet and rip, so I prefer to use card stock for this part.
Fold the top corner down onto the back (highlighted) side of each book page & glue the corner to the back. If you glue the whole thing down there won’t be a place to string the twine.
Once the paint has dried flip the book pages over & glue a leaf to each page. Oh & try not to let any of the glue get on the front of the black leaves because it will leave a mark.
Run some twine through the back of the book pages & hang it on your fall mantel or use it as decor for a fall party in your home, office, or classroom!
I’d love to see your Fall Leaves Banner!
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With love, G
Since my youth, God, you have taught me,
& to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.
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