How to make a leaf garland

By Andrea Williamson, from Folk Art meets Fair Isle .

Andrea Williamson

leaf garland materials - two baskets filled with various sizes and colours of fabric

Materials

Step one

A book with leaf shapes cut from the pages

Using your hand drawn template (don’t worry about it too much, just make it look roughly like the example shown) cut out at least 35 leaf shapes.

Step two

Fold a length of florist wire in half and twist to make a loop for hanging your garland from. Tuck the leaves in (a max of 4 at a time) and twist above them to secure.

Hands holding leaf shapes made from fabric and thread

Step three

Hands holding leaf shapes made from fabric and thread

Twist again about 2cm above the leaves.

Step four

Add in a button and twist to close.

Hands holding a small button and leaf shapes made from fabric and thread

Step five

Take the next piece of wire, fold in half and twist all 4 pieces together to make a strong join.

Hands holding a button and thread

Step six

A garland made from leaf shapes, two buttons and some thread

Repeat step 3 – 7 depending on desired length. You could make short lengths of wire garlands to put in vases, or longer lengths to hang. Have fun!

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