creating garland out of the natural beauty of autumn leaves is always a favorite activity of ours. this time, we made it even more vibrant!
we have gone on many leaf collecting walks around our neighborhood these past few week, and brought home some beauties. we pressed them for about 24 hours or so to flatten them out.
the opportunity to mod podge our autumn leaves passed us by last year somehow, but this year we were able to do so. after the leaves were pressed, i applied a coat of mod podge to each side of each leaf (in the evening – thus the dark photo – sorry.) this preserves the color and returns some suppleness to the leaves — like magic!
once they were dry, N and i got out our wooden beads and some wire to string the garland.
we wrapped each bead through twice, to hold it in place.
we had fun interspersing beads with the leaves, and it looked pretty when finished.
now we have it hanging over our balcony for thanksgiving time… (but secretly, i’m sooo ready for christmas decorations instead!)