Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Autumn leaves garland - tutorial

I just love autumn - the chilly mornings, getting my jumpers out and best of all the leaves.   The colours and the crunch, and the simply amazing transformation they undergo - such a change from that bright spring green that burst forth all those months ago.
There's a whole load of amazing ideas for using autumn leave for your home on Pinterest, and the other day I came across this Martha Stewart one posted on Facebook.  This calls for bleached beeswax and a double boiler - not exactly everyday items in my home; I do however have a few burnt out candles.  Here's how I did it:

Gather your supplies:
  • Leaves (dry off with paper towel)
  • Wax (end of candles works fine)
  • Saucepan and pyrex-type bowl
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Gardening wire (for wreath)
Making the Garland:
1. Chop up the candle remains and melt in a bowl over saucepan of gently simmering water.
2.  Once all the wax has melted, dip the leaves in one at a time, shaking off any excess wax.  They dry within a few seconds enough to place them down, but you could hang them to dry using pegs if you want.
3.  Once you have your waxed leaves, take a needle and thread and carefully string together to create a pretty autumnal garland.
4.  Hang the garland and admire your handiwork!

I also made a little wreath to hang at the window - the light shining through the leave looks amazing!
1.  Make a circle with gardening wire, winding the wire around approximately 4 times to create gaps to poke things through (sorry, no pics of this bit). 
2.  Arrange the leaves around the wire frame, poking the stems through then securing with thread.  

3.  Create a long loop of thread then hang from your window (or anywhere else!).

Kate x

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