Friday, September 23, 2011

[Make] Painted Burlap Leaves

I love Fall-- I especially look forward to the crisp air and falling leaves.  However, where I live, it usually doesn't start to look or feel like Fall until late November/early December. sigh.  I'm a bit impatient so I decided to create my own "fall colors".  With some burlap scraps, scissors and paint, these Painted Burlap Leaves are easy and pretty quick to make. 

At first I wasn't exactly sure what to do with them, but then decided to go with my old standby- a garland for my family room mantel--

the low-down
download the leaf template [HERE].
to save time, i folded up the burlap in thirds so that I could cut out 3 leaves at a time

these metallic paints give the burlap a little color and sheen. 
to stiffen the material, i painted both sides of the leaf. burlap tends to fray so the paint also helps hold the fibers together.

i cut up a sponge applicator, then went to town-- blot and dab, blot and dab....

painting the burlap was my favorite part.  on some leaves i used one color, others 2-4 different colors.  keep it light, there really is no right or wrong.  the paint dries pretty quickly and i used a hot glue gun to attach the leaves to twine.

This is pretty much it for my Fall decor.  I'm keeping it simple this year.  I'll probably take out some pumpkins, but the rest will stay put in the closet. 

Do you decorate for Fall?  

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