Thursday

Fall Leaf Garland



The weather around here it's been wonderful! All this week the temperatures have been around 70° - 75°, isn't that great?! I need to work outside in the front yard getting rid of the Summer flowers that are beginning to get wilted with the now low temperatures, but I haven't had the time :(  Hopefully I can work on that next week ;)
Thanks for your kind comments on the Fall mantel reveal, many of you liked the leaf garland I used there, well, this post is for you, this is the how it was done.

Long time ago I bought a wreath,
                                               a wooden wreath,
                                                                     this wooden wreath:

I used it for about four consecutive years on my front door, the first and second year I loved it, then it was used just because! :/  I got tired of it, it really bothered me that every time it was hung on the door on windy days, it was like if someone was knocking at the door...annoying.  Last year, working on another project, I took off the top sign that said: "Autumn Leaves are Falling" hmmm I didn't use it after all.
This year, while looking for stuff to create a garland, the wooden wreath came to the rescue :)
The leaves got separated, they were nailed together very well, one of them even got split (nothing wood glue couldn't fix).  At first I thought they were staples, that would've been hard to get rid off, but luckily they were very little nails, they were pulled out with pliers.

One hole was drilled on each leaf (not in the same spot), and they were ready to be hung.

A long piece of jute rope was used, but of course not in this way, otherwise you would be looking only at their sides.

For the leaves to hang facing the front, you have to do a little thinga-maginga that is better explained with these pics:

One after the other looking forward they got hung :)

They are pretty.  I love that they are made out of wood. However, I don't think I would ever go to cut twelve leaves out of wood!  I'm leaving you with a silhouette of the leaves, you can trace them around cardboard to get a similar look ;)


Check them here adorning the mantel ;)




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27 comments :

  1. I love those leaves and the jute rope goes great with them. I need to repurpose more!

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  2. That is such a great idea. I love reusing items. The garland is beautiful!

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  3. Cristina, you are so creative! Great way to reuse those pretty leaves.

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  4. Such a great idea, Cristina. What a great way to upcycle something you already have. :)

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  5. Very cute way to recycle -- this is adorable!

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  6. This is an awesome repurpose! All those nails...you are a patient woman! It really is super cute, I love your cleverness Cristina!

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  7. That was a great reuse of that old wreath. I LOVE it-so very cute. Rustic and refined! xo Diana

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  8. I love it as a garland! Such a cute and clever idea :)

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  9. Perfect way of re-purposing old things Cristina~!!!! Love your Fall mantle dear!

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  10. This garland is so cute! Great idea!

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  11. I love your re-purposing idea! And too funny that the wreath sounded like someone knocking on the door. That would drive my dog bananas!!!

    :) Linda

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  12. you are so creative Cristina; you did a great job repurposing these! they look amazing! :-)

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  13. I love that idea. And I agree with you.. anything heavy on the door clanking around gets annoying. I don't know how people can stand those huge bundles of bells on their doors at christmas time. That would make me bonkers!

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  14. Good thing you saved that wreath...it made the perfect fall garland!! XO

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  15. I love this! Way to upcycle your wreath. It's so pretty as a garland Cristina!

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  16. That is such a good idea... now I'm thinking I should cut out some maple leafs and make something similar. I will put that on my "to do" list!

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  17. Very cute! A great way to recycle an item that you have gotten tired of (or sounds like someone knocking on your door). Thanks for sharing that idea...I saw your post over at " A Stroll Thru Life" blog party.

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  18. This is a lovely idea! I like it much better than the wreath it started out as!

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  19. I really, really like this idea. Love the colors and such a fabulous garland. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  20. Cristina siempre me sorprendes con tu creatividad , linda esa guirnalda otoñal

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  21. So very cute! Come over and share your post with us on the Style Sisters linky party..http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com/2013/10/centerpiece-wednesday-95.html
    Karin

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  22. Christina, How creative! I love that you repurposed an old wreath! You are a smart one! Thanks for sharing your festive fall garland at TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS!

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  23. This is great - so pretty and will look great all the way through to Thanksgiving!!

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  24. I'd love if you'd link up to The DIY'ers. http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/10/diyers-32-and-marathon-weekend.html

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  25. What a beautiful way to reuse the wreath! I love this!

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  26. Now that is just the sweetest Fall garland, it's perfect! Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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