DIY Fall Leaf Garland & Kid’s Learning ActivityNovember 10, 2014
When I think of Fall, I think of leaves. Pretty orange, brown and green leaves… falling from the trees and landing so peacefully and beautifully on the ground. This tutorial for making a lovely, festive Fall Leaf Garland is so simple, you will be making a few different versions for different rooms in your home. This Fall Leaf Garland is made from felt leaves, but this can be reproduced using foam leaves, paper leaves or even fabric leaves.
If you live near a Dollar Tree, you
are a lucky duck will be able to purchase felt leaf table scatter there for only one buckaroo! These felt leaves will form the basis of your garland, and you will have just saved yourself 30 minutes of manually tracing & cutting leaves out of felt. You’re welcome! 🙂
Even if you don’t have a Dollar Tree nearby, or you can’t find the felt leaf table scatter, you could always trace the outline of leaves onto felt and cut them out. You could also recreate this look with foam sheets, scrapbook paper or seasonal fabric.
Fall Leaf Garland
What You’ll Need:
- Leaves cut out of felt
- Needle & Thread
Here is the pile of felt leaves that I started with. Pardon the
blurry iPhone pic!
Now here is where my 3 year old was able to help out and how I was able to make this a fun learning activity for her. We started with the big pile of leaves in random order.
- First, have her help you sort all the leaves by color. I start by placing one red leaf in one pile, one yellow leaf in another pile, one green leaf in yet another pile, etc. Then I hand her a second red leaf and have her place that leaf in the corresponding pile. She loves being able to help me organize and sort other things around the house, so I knew she would love this activity.
- Second, have her help you recognize and form patterns. I started threading leaves onto the thread: red, yellow, green, red,… and asked her which color came next. She loved this part, too, but it took a little more thinking from her to figure out how to repeat the pattern. All in all, it’s a great way to incorporate some learning activities into what seems like a fun Fall décor project.
Now the directions for this are ridiculously simple … Simply use a running stitch to attach all the leaves together on a piece of thread. Done! Easy peasy!
I then made knots at the ends and simply adhered the ends of the thread to the windowsill with a strip of clear tape.
Now you can make one for every windowsill & mantel in your home!