Fall is such a magical time of year. There is just something so special about cool crisp air, gently falling leaves, and the knowledge that Christmas is just around the corner.
This DIY fall project combines some of my favorite crafting supplies – glitter and book pages – with one of my favorite aspects of fall – LEAVES! Seriously, what could be better than a fall diy project where you create glittery leaves, especially when it is so simple!
What you’ll need:
Leaves – either from nature or printed from the sources
Cutter Bee Precision-Cut Scissors - these are my favorite scissors for precision cutting
Paper – 2 sheets if possible
Glitter – I used Sugar Coating Metallic Glitter Assortment
If you can’t get your hands on some real leaves you can go straight to the source that I used for the maple leaf - this is actually a very nice tutorial on how to draw a maple leaf – or the oak leaf and size them yourself, or you can download a document of the above Paper Leaves to get the same size leaves that I used for this project.
First, place the leaf on a piece of book paper and use the highlighter to draw the shape.
Remove the leaf and use the scissors to cut the highlighted leaf.
Don’t worry about trying to cut off all the yellow highlighter, the glitter will cover it up – or you could always just use the non-highlighted side.
Using the first piece of paper below the leaf apply the glue on the edges of the leaf. Then remove the leaf and place it onto another clean piece of paper to apply the glitter – this way the excess glitter doesn’t attach to the glue on the bottom sheet of paper.
Sprinkle the glitter onto the leaf then lift it up and lightly shake off any excess glitter onto the paper. Then place the excess glitter back into the container – I did this by creating a crease on the side of the paper to funnel the glitter back into the container.
If the glitter sticks to places you do not want it, you can use your fingers and nails to move it or take it off. Personally I liked how each leaf turned out different and unique.
Once you’ve seen for yourself how pretty these Glitter Edged Fall Leaves are I’m sure you will find a million ways to use them to decorate this fall. Such as for a center piece, placed next to a fall picture – like the sepia photo up top that my sister in law took a couple years ago, or hung on twine by mini clothespins like this paper fan garland!