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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Book Page Leaves And Fall Garlands



Loving your fall garlands but ready for a bit of a refresh? Add book page leaves to punch them up with great texture and neutral color. It's easy!


I am always on the lookout for autumn leaf garlands at thrift stores and yard sales. And there is always the Dollar Store! Then I add leaves cut from book pages to give them a little extra decor kick. You probably have everything you need on hand already. 



Here's how to do it...


Make a template from one of the garland leaves. We used cereal box cardboard. Trace the leaves on pages of a book you don't mind using. We used a 25 cent paperback that was ruined by water on one corner.

You can layer the pages and cut up to six pages at a time. Use a smaller pair of scissors, such as manicure scissors, for this task. It makes it easier!


Use a glue stick on one leaf. Add a long 8" stem of florist wire then glue a second leaf on top. Putting glue on the second leaf helps to make a secure bond.


Add your leaves to your garland, twisting the florist wire around and around the existing garland for a good hold. Curve your leaves just a bit. The wire inside them helps hold the curve and makes them look more pleasing then just flat leaf shapes.


See how the book page printing gives interesting texture to the colorful garland? I like this alot!


I love the way the new book leaves punch up this garland.



For beautiful table decor use a garland as a runner and add other book page accents. So pretty!


They look great against my muslin curtains. But then I couldn't leave well enough alone and so I added....


twinkly lights!

Ooh aah.

This is a fun and easy project. Plus, cheap. 

Try it out!

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5 comments:

  1. The book page leaves that you added to your garland look great and it gives the garland a lot of character. Thanks for sharing with "Best of the Weekend" so that I could discover your idea!

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  2. Great idea! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Can I have permission to post the image of the leaves and the parts of pages of text on YouTube along with and Emily Dickinson poem? I would want to have it with proper attribution attribution written below the image and not superimposed on the image. If this is OK with you, please respond to g7mattingly@yahoo.com. It would appear on my YouTube channel. Thank You. Greg Mattingly

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    1. Greg, thank you for your kind words! Certainly you have my permission to use the images from this blog post. Now I need to visit your YouTube channel!

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