I decided I wanted to add a little extra decoration to my fireplace mantel by adding a DIY Fall Garland, I wanted to create something that was affordable and easy enough that my children could help. After a little brainstorming, I decided to create a leaf garland. Below you will find my step-by-step guide on how to create your own. So clear off a work space, grab your supplies and let’s get started!
I cozy up to autumn’s trees. Fall asleep to the lullaby of windblown leaves.Angie Weiland-Crosby
- Wooden Clothes Pins
- Glue Gun
Step 1: First you will need to decide the necessary garland length. I decided to make a garland for my fireplace mantel. In order to cover the span of my mantel, I needed six large leaves. (To give you an idea on the size my mantel is 4’6″)
Step 2: Once you have determined the length of your garland, you will be able to determine the amount of leaves you will need. There are many options to use when creating your leaves. Personally, I wanted to create a burlap style leaf with a newspaper background. I purchased my leaves from Amazon. If you would like to do the same, here is the LINK.
Step 3: After you have chosen the type of leaves you would like to use or create, you will need to make your predetermined amount needed to fill the garland. I suggest laying the garland out to determine leaf placement.
Step 4: It is officially time to glue! Gather the amount of wooden clothes pins you will need for your leaves. There are several styles of clothes pins to choose from, for the same style shown, use this LINK. Using the glue gun, add a small line of glue to one side of the clothes pin, followed by your created leaf. Continue this process until you have glued all of your leaves to a clothes pin.
Step 5: Allow time for your leaves to dry to each individual clothes pin. After the glue has dried the last step is to add your clothes pins to the twine. I decided to add my pins to the twine using a simple Clove Hitch Knot and looping the twine around the top of each pin (Video Tutorial). Depending on the type of clothes pin you decided to use, you may be able to easily clip the leaves to the twine.
Voila! You have just created a DIY Fall Garland! Congratulations! Now comes the fun part of decorating! Like I mentioned earlier in the post, I created my garland for my fireplace mantel. The garland I created was the perfect addition to my other fall decorations. Keep scrolling to see my final creation!