Monday, November 21, 2011

Fall Leaf Mantel Garland

Please excuse the personal goodies in the background, but I couldn't wait to put it up.

Step One - Visit your local home improvement store, and pick up a few paint chips.
I know they put these out for people to take,  but I still have trouble
taking them without feeling like a thief.  That doesn't stop me though!
I picked up a slew of different fall and harvesty colors.

Step Two - cut each sample down to 1 inch strips.  The Behr samples I got at
Home Depot are five inches so they cut down nicely and evenly...I hate needing to do
math.  Then if you are a control freak as I appear to be...lay out the color scheme as you
want it to look in the garland.

Step Three - Choose the first color and put a piece of tape on the lightest color,
then bring the darker color around and make a circle. 
Step Four - I chose to link two of the same color together, so no color would be lost
in the garland.  Thread another strip through the circle you just made, and tape it closed.
Continue with this step until the garland is the length you want!
Step Five - To create the leaf embellishment in the center of the garland...turn over
one of the paint chips.  I free handed these leaf shapes, but if you want there are
tons of leaf templates to be found on Google images.

Hint! Make sure you either have wrong sides or right sides facing each other or you have 2 leaves
that cannot be put together with the color swatch on the outside.  OOOOPS!

Step Six - After cutting the leaves out the right way (way to go me)!
Attach double stick tape in the middle and put the leaves together.

Step Seven - Use a small hole punch to create a hole in the stem of each leaf.

Step Eight - Add a twine string between two leaves.  This way they
will hang nicely in the center of the garland

Step Nine - I can't show this step in real life...but once the garland is tacked
up in the middle. ..wrap the twine around the tack and shift the leaves up or down to your liking.

Finished garland and my very decorated hearth area.
Have a great the moon and back

1 comment:

  1. pretty! I like the colors, and I bet the paint chips hold up better than lighter paper does.