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How to make a Fall Leaf Garland

how to make a fall leaf garland

A fall leaf garland decoration is simple to make and perfect to bring autumn inside the house. I love this time of year when we can still take advantage of the last sunny days and start thinking about the next Halloween and Thanksgiving celebrations.

Fall is a beautiful season with unique colors and light. Nothing better than a DIY leaf garland to bring a little of this autumnal atmosphere into your decoration.

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This fall leaf craft is made with very simple material: crepe paper, rope, and the free easy leaf template you can find it in the resource library.  Feel free to add a cord light into the garland to enjoy it at night too.

It took me about 1 hour and a half to make a 12ft (3.5m) garland. This artificial fall leaves garland is easy and quite quick to make, so it’s perfect for a fall window decor or a fall door garland, as long as your front porch is protected from the rain of course.

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materials to make fall leaf garland

How do you make a fall leaf garland?

Besides the leaf garland printable you will also need a few simple supplies to make your paper garland:

The FREE leaves template is available in my resource library along with a load of other great prints and patterns. All you need to do is fill out the form and check your inbox for a welcome email with the password in. Click here to get in  >>>> FREE LIBRARY ACCESS

I choose 4 different colors of crepe paper: chocolate brown, light brown, peach, and ivory. Feel free to combine any shade you like and that works for your fall decor. This crepe paper bundle combines amazing autumn colors.

free leaf template to make fall garland

The crepe paper that I used came in flattened rolls, as you can see in the photo above.

If your paper doesn’t come the same way, just fold it in wide folds to have several layers of paper on top of each other.

Then place the leaves template above all the folds and with a pencil, transfer the leaves shapes on the paper.

paper fall leaf to make garland

Cut all the paper layers at once, following the leaves shapes. You can hold the layers together with binder clips while cutting.

The crepe paper in thin enough to cut several layers of paper together, so you can make your fall paper leaves for the garland very quickly.

paper leaf to make fall garland

Repeat the previous steps to cut more paper leaves in different colors.

twine rope to make fall leaf garland

Time to assemble the paper leaf garland. Take the twine and make a loop knot at the end.

I find that making a loop is the most practical way to then attaches your garland where ever you want: around the front door or to frame a window, on the chimney mat, or simply on the wall.

A quick tip: if you like a change your decor you probably don’t want to hammer nails in all your walls. I suggest you take a look at this alternative. It’s super practical for hanging any type of decoration and it comes out without leaving any mark on the walls.

glue leaf to make fall garland

Take a leaf, add a little glue on the tip and attach it on the rope.

Try to wrap the leaf base around the twine a little…and watch your fingers with the hot glue. I should have used these, be smarter than me a get them if you don’t already own some 😉

making fall paper leaf garland

Glue one leaf next to each other. The leaves need to overlap. You can glue 5-6 leaves of each color and create an “ombre” garland or mix all the leaves color, as you prefer.

diy paper fall leaf garland

Listen to your favorite podcast and keep gluing all the leaves until your garland is long enough.

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Remember that the FREE leaves template is available in my resource library along with a load of other great prints and patterns. All you need to do is fill out the form and check your inbox for a welcome email with the password in.

Click here to get in  >>>> FREE LIBRARY ACCESS

easy to make fall leaf garland

And done! You just finish your autumn leaf garland. Do you enjoy making fall leaf crafts?

Tell me, where would you like to hang your paper garland?

fall decor with diy leaf garland

I create a simple fall decor in our living room and hang it above the faux chimney. What do you think? Do you like it? Would you add something?

This paper leaf garland can make a pretty table runner too. It will look nice to decorate a Thanksgiving dinner table.

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diy fall leaf garland

hanging fall leaf garland diy

fall decor with diy paper leaf garland

Want to remember it? Save this DIY fall leaf garland in your favorite Pinterest board.

Easy paper leaf garland DIY


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Michelle Bagby

Thursday 28th of October 2021

Oh my how sweet! Made mine with the brownish coffee filters and turned out great. Can't wait to use it as a runner on my Thxg. table! Thank you for cheap, easy to do cuteness!


Thursday 25th of November 2021

How clever to use coffee filters to make the garland! Thanks for sharing the tip Michelle!