Beautiful Autumn Leaf Garland

We thought the dining room (aka sewing studio) could use some decorating this season, so Emily gathered up some leaves earlier in the day and we got to work on this beautiful garland for some late night crafting.

Emily had been begging me to do the waxed paper leaf collage for a long time, but I don’t know… it seemed kinda… *yawn*. Boring. But, when we thought of this project, we both got so excited about it.
The garland turned out even better than I had anticipated, and we had so much fun putting it together! From start to finish, it took about five minutes.

To make your own Autumn leaf garland, you will need some leaves, waxed paper, and a sewing machine or serger (you may call this an over-lock machine). Begin by laying down your leaves on top of some waxed paper. It helps if the leaves have been pressed first for a few days, but if you are particularly impatient (as my five year old sometimes is…. ahem) that isn’t necessary.
Sandwich the leaves between two sheets of waxed paper, as shown. Be sure to have plenty of space between the leaves.
Use a cloth to cover over the top….
…now iron until the wax paper melts together.
Trim the edges as shown.
Using your serger, or sewing machine, start with a tail of thread about 4 inches long.
Stitch through the top of the leaf square, and continue with just the thread for another four inches, stitch through the top of another leaf square. Repeat this step until all the leaves have been stitched to make a garland.
Hang proudly for all to see!
I think Clara approves of our taste in home decor, don’t you?


  1. Dear Valerie,

    Will we ever get our dining room back, or am I expected to eat a felt and thread salad? I am getting older, but I don't need that much fiber yet.


  2. @ Mark — We have an eat-in kitchen. What do we need a dining room for, anyway? Besides, I've heard felt tastes better than Metamucil, so you'll thank me later.

  3. What a great and cute idea. I love all the things you are doing with the leaves!

  4. The garland is adorable. Can I really let my sewing machine stitch four inches of thread without it going into anything? Really? Weird.

  5. Very cool idea! I saw Martha Stewart make a photo banner like that, stitching pictures backed with paper together the same way. Love this autumn inspired one even more!

  6. @ Ivy — Yes, really! It's great fun, try it! Only difference you'll notice is that yours will have two threads, and the one I made with the serger uses four threads. It will still work, and I'm sure it will look great!

  7. That is so pretty! Nice idea.

  8. EntertainingMom says

    adorable! Don't have a sewing machine but have mini clothesline (I think) clips… and we have the most gorgeous leaves 'round here! Thanks!

  9. This turned out great!

  10. That turned out lovely! It looks like it came from a store that sells fall decorations.

  11. Meninheira says

    Es preciosa Valerie, me encanta! πŸ™‚

  12. Infant Bibliophile says

    Love this idea! So cute. We certainly have a few thousand leaves to spare in our back yard…

  13. Pretty! Clara is getting so big! Your going to have yourself another crafter in no time.

  14. @ Meninheira — Gracias! Es muy facil!

  15. Val in the Rose Garden says

    I bet you could do this very easily with just a sewing machine and some ribbon too. What a great idea! I may have to make one… although I am really enjoying reading right now… crafting may have to wait until I am done with the new Diana Gabaldon book. πŸ˜‰


  16. Very festive! The leave are just starting to change around here so maybe we'll be able to collect some soon!

  17. Not sure I'm ready to have one strung up in my place but I think it looks great!

  18. The DIY Show Off says

    I love this project. Great job! πŸ™‚

    I'm new to your blog. Nice to meet you, Valerie! πŸ™‚


  19. Biancifiore says

    wow! very very beautiful!

  20. Really pretty! I wish we had leaves like that here.

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  22. @ Roeshel — Welcome! I just visited your blog, and it is soooo right up my ally. I'm so glad you stopped by and left a comment so I could find your site!

  23. Your Frugal Friend, Niki says

    Turned out really pretty.


  24. This is so pretty. I just love all your projects.

  25. WOW, this is so simple and fantastically beautiful. I just brought my sewing machine out of the attic and as a (very) beginner sewer this looks like something I can totally accomplish. What a great way to preserve leaves…how long did they keep their fall color?

  26. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    Thanks, Regina! Since the leaves are encased in wax paper and do not have contact with the air, they keep their colors for a very long time. Ours are still going strong, and it's been several months now! πŸ™‚


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