September 10, 2013

Fall Leaf Garland + Leaf Templates

Sometimes the simplest projects can make a big impact. Case in point: this super quick, super easy fall leaf garland. Made with adhesive foam sheets and scraps of your favorite fall-colored fabrics, this is a fall craft project that can be made in minutes to spruce up any number of spaces. It is a great project to do with children, too! Ready to see how it comes together? Let’s get started!

Fall Leaf Garland at Positively Splendid

 For this project, you will need…

  • Large Fall Leaf Templates << Click link to download

  • Small Fall Leaf Templates << Click link to download

  • Adhesive craft foam sheets
  • Fabric scraps
  • Ball point pen
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch (I absolutely love my Crop-A-Dile for projects like this, as it cuts easily through the fabric layer)
  • Twine
  • Wooden beads
  • Large embroidery needle

To begin, print off and cut out each of the fall leaf templates (linked above). I opted to cut off the stem from each leaf to streamline the project, but you can feel free to leave the stems on if you prefer.

Next, remove the paper backing from one sheet of the adhesive foam. Cut a piece of fabric that is the same size as the foam sheet, and adhere the fabric to the sticky side of the foam, using your hand to smooth out any bubbles as you work.

Fall Leaf Garland at Positively Splendid

Use a ball point pen to trace the leaf shapes onto the foam side of the sheet, and carefully cut out with scissors.

Fall Leaf Garland at Positively Splendid

Punch two holes about 1/2″ apart along the bottom edge of each leaf shape, as shown.

Fall Leaf Garland at Positively Splendid

When the leaf shapes are all prepared, cut a piece of twine that is the desired length for your finished garland. Thread the embroidery needle with twine, and then start stringing the elements onto the twine strand. Add 2-3 wooden beads…

Fall Leaf Garland at Positively Splendid

…and then add a leaf shape by passing the needle up through the first hole on the leaf and then down through the next, as shown.

Fall Leaf Garland at Positively Splendid

Continue adding the leaves and beads in this manner until you reach the end of the twine piece.

Fall Leaf Garland at Positively Splendid

Your fall leaf garland is complete!

Fall Leaf Garland at Positively Splendid

I love how this garland looks displayed on my fall mantel…

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…and the fact that is utilizes scraps of my favorite fabrics that would otherwise be discarded makes this a great stash-busting project. I love that!

How cute would this craft be to make with children at Thanksgiving, having them write with a fabric marker on each leaf something they are thankful for?

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Fall Leaf Garland at Positively Splendid


For all the details on the fall mantelscape I created with this garland, be sure to check out my fall mantel post.

Thanks so much for making PS a part of your day!


Amy @ Positively Splendid

Amy @ Positively Splendid

Having grown up in a home brimming with sewing notions and paintbrushes, Amy has a deep love for all things creative. On any given day, you'll find her knee-deep in her latest creative endeavor, with projects ranging from sewing and crafts to home decor and kid-friendly ideas. Amy believes that everyone, regardless of skill level or experience, possesses the ability to create something beautiful, and Positively Splendid was born of her passion for helping others harness their innate creative potential.
Amy @ Positively Splendid


9 Responses to Fall Leaf Garland + Leaf Templates

  1. Marci @ STone Cottage Adventures September 10, 2013 at 8:09 am #

    How pretty! Thank you for the templates! Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  2. Marti September 10, 2013 at 10:29 am #

    Looks really cute!

  3. Crystal September 10, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

    I love the fabric you chose!! It’s so pretty and unique. I’m loving the colors and pattern!! Can’t wait to do this project!! Thanks for the tutorial!!

  4. Sue {munchkin munchies} September 10, 2013 at 7:23 pm #

    I LOVE it! MAYBE even I could handle making it:)

  5. Bonnie @ Uncommon Designs September 25, 2013 at 6:07 am #

    Love this Amy! The colors and patterns are fabulous and I love the added wooden beads! Your mantel is gorgeous!

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid September 25, 2013 at 8:10 am #

      Thanks so much, Bonnie! 🙂 I am so glad you stopped by. registered & protected

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