mod podge leaf garland

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!

notice it doesn't say "modge podge" on the bottle, folks. ;)

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!)


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  • Chrissy @ The Outlaw Mom Blog

    Super awesome idea! We’ve been gathering piles of leaves and they lose their color when they dry and are too crackly to work with. Totally doing this!

  • Mod Podge Amy

    This is so pretty! Love this garland.

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  • Aleacia @ Dilly-Dali Art

    Mod Podging leaves! I would have never thought of that, great idea! Pinning for next year!! :)