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How to make a fall leaf garland from Dollar Tree supplies

How to make a fall leaf garland from Dollar Tree supplies

September’s Pinterest Challenge: Fall Leaf DIY Garland

Fall has arrived!

My Pinterest and Instagram feed is flooded with all sorts of inspiring images to bring in the season. I don’t usually do much to decorate around this time of year. Mostly I prepare for my first few weeks of teaching and begin the tedious process of winterizing our outdoor space. But who can resist the beautiful ideas of pumpkin displays and vibrant colors of fall?

So for September’s Pinterest Challenge I decided to make something from my Holiday board. Makes it feel just a tad better knowing I’m actually trying some of the massive pins. Isn’t virtual hoarding great, lol.

This will be my fourth Pinterest Challenge. So far I have converted a military footlocker, gave some terra cotta pots some country charm, made over two Dollar Tree candle holders, and repurposed an old picture frame into a blog calendar. Which brings me to the purpose of this Pinterest Challenge. It is to motivate all the participants of this hop (and you too) to not just pin, but to make it happen!

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My pinspiration comes from Ella Claire Inspired by Vintage Charm. She made this cute burlap banner for Halloween. I just love the simplicity of it.

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With her model to go by, I went through my supplies and gathered what I thought might make a fun fall leaf garland decor. Best part is that most of it came from the Dollar Tree so if I didn’t like it, I wasn’t going to be too upset about it.

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Materials needed from Dollar Tree:

  • 1 fall leaf garland

  • 1 package mini-clothespins

  • 2 packages burlap leaves

  • jute rope (mine came from Walmart but Dollar Tree does sell this item)

  • raffia

Tools Used

  • scissors

  • wire cutters

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I first cut the jute rope about a yard long and then strung it up to make it easier to work with. Next was to tie the leaves on with about an inch and a half of the jute rope.

With the burlap leaves positioned where I wanted them, I then filled in the gaps with the raffia. Didn’t measure the lengths at all. I did, however, trim them after they had been strung.

Using the wire cutters, I cut the leaves off of the garland strand and then clipped them onto the jute line with the mini clothes pins.

That’s it!

Pretty simple, right?

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Had fun stringing it in several different places.

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Loved it strung across our entertainment center. Added a little somethin’-somethin’ to our rustic pumpkin display.

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I had enough burlap leaves left-over to make this even simpler version. I kind of like it better.

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Even worked across our window. However, I think I would prefer the leaves to be white or natural so it didn’t stay long here. That’s what makes this project so fun…the versatility of it.

You could easily spray paint the leaves to match any color scheme you want. You could even replace the raffia with fabric strips.

And that concludes this month’s Pinterest Challenge.

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Make sure you hop on over to all the other awesome pinspiration posts. Heck, come and join us for October’s challenge. Link is below.



Now let's see what other things Pinterest inspired! Head over and visit the other hosts to see what they crafted, cooked, built, or tried!

Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop

Erlene - My Pinterventures • Alexandra - Eye Love Knots Joanne - Our Unschooling Journey • Laurie - My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies Jenny - Cookies Coffee and Crafts • Kristie - Teadoodles Beverly - Across the Boulevard • Katrin - Kreativ K Debra - Shoppe No. 5Gail - Purple Hues and Me • April - Stampin Fool Chelsea - Making Manzanita Julie - Sum of their Stories • T'onna - Sew Crafty Crochet Michelle - Our Crafty Mom • Lisa - Blogghetti Marie - The Inspiration Vault • Kelley - Simply Inspired Meals Debbee - Debbee's Buzz • Shirley - Intelligent Domestications Habiba - Craftify My Love • Marci - Stone Cottage Adventures Kenyatta - My Design Rules • Kelli - The Olympic Nest Roseann - This Autoimmune Life • Terri - Our Good Life Leslie - Once Upon a Time & Happily Ever After Lydia - Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen

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