My favorite tree in town sits on a classic suburban street filled with colonial-style homes both small and overly large. This is the third fall in our new town, and I’ve come to look forward to this particular maple tree’s firey red and orange leaves. I love the bold colors of fall so much, but real leaves don’t last very long. Today’s DIY fall leaf garland project brings brilliant (faux) color to your fall mantel decor.
Fall Leaf Garland Supplies
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Fall Leaf Garland Tutorial
- Measure your length of twine based on the size of your mantel and how much you want the garland to drape.
- Create a clean look from every angle by gluing the leaves together on both sides of the twine (create a “sandwich”).
- Continue to glue the leaves to each other and the twine to create the fullness you desire.
- Attach the hooks to your mantel.
- Tie a loop at the each end of the twine, and attach the twine to the hooks.
Easy Way to Hang Garland
These extra-small Command hooks are perfect to attach garland to your mantel. I personally prefer to mount them to the underside of the mantel if possible simply because it’s a cleaner look, but it’s also fine to attach them to the top of the mantel.
The bright fall leaf garland adds so much color to the mantel! I still use it every year, and it’s held up quite well.
Another super simple decorating trick: Wrap plain vases or glass hurricanes in ribbon for a festive touch. The hurricanes in the photo below are wrapped in one layer of brown satin ribbon and topped with gold jute ribbon for additional texture. A small dot of glue or piece of double-sided tape is enough to hold them together. Simply slide them off at the end of the season, and swap with another fabric or ribbon combination.
Thanks to the drought, this year is different. Half of my favorite tree’s leaves dropped to the ground before they reached their peak color, and unfortunately it looks like New England’s classic fall foliage won’t be as brilliant this year.
Faux leaves certainly can’t replace the beauty of natural leaves, but at least we can use them year after year to add rich fall color to our homes.