Painted Leaves Fall Decorations
So, not to rush summer out or anything, but I am super excited about fall. Not sure if it’s the crazy hot heat or the fact that I just love wearing sweaters and boots but I’m ready. For my fall decorations this year I want to bring in some non-traditional colors. I like using blues in my everyday decor, so it kind of just makes sense and everything can transition pretty easily. I’m also excited about the idea of painted things non-traditional colors. Like leaves. In an afternoon you can make leaves any color you want and it’s a fun fall craft too.
If you enjoyed my fall garland, you guys are going to love this super simple fall decorations.
I snagged this bag of faux leaves (affiliate link) for just a few bucks. There is a variety of sizes and colors (which totally doesn’t matter since they are all getting painted, anyway). I laid them out on four pieces of cardboard making sure I got a good mix of sizes in each group. Then I went a spray painted each group a different color.
It took me less than 10 minutes to spray them all. You want to do this on a day when it’s not so windy because the leaves are really light and tend to get picked up easily (clearly, I attempted this on a windy day – it was a disaster).
After the leaves were all dry I wanted to string them up on large twigs to create large scale fall decorations. To do this I gave each leaf a very small cut (you could use a hole puncher if you have one handy) just to create a little hole to string some raffia through. I tied different lengths of raffia to different leaves and tied and the other end to the twig. No measuring, I just kind of eyeballed it.
Currently, this is hanging above my chalkboard. I love the black background since it really makes the color of the leaves pop.
Also check out the faux leaves garland you can whip up in 5 minutes for just $1!
I love, love, love this, Chelsea!
This is amazing!! I love the non-traditional colors, too. And I really like the branch you use to hang them from!! I might need to make this for my fall decor this year! 🙂 Visiting from The Makers! Have a fabulous Tuesday. 🙂
This is fantastic! Such a simple and creative way to decorate for fall 😀 I would love for you to share this post at my Create & Share Link Party tonight (7:00 PM MST)! Hope to see you there 🙂 http://designsbymissmandee.blogspot.com/
What a great idea Chelsea! I love the paint colors and that branch against the chalkboard. Very pretty.
Thanks so much, Kathy!!
Very cute! I really like the blue. It’s non-traditional, but it totally works. Visiting from The Maker’s Link Party!
Thanks so much for stopping by, Natasha!!
I love this! So cute and SO simple! I really like to you didn’t go with an obvious fall color! Would love to have you and your inspiration over at Motivational Monday party link-up! (http://www.kentheartstrings.com/2014/08/motivational-monday-party-link-up.html)
Verryyyyyyyy cute, and so unexpected with the blue. Gorgeous.
Kinda fun going non traditional!! xo
I love this! I was just at the dollar store looking at faux leaves and wondering what could be done with those ugly things. You have inspired me…and I can save a few bucks too!
Thanks so much, Michelle! And thank you so much for sharing on FB as well 🙂
Chelsea! You are a genius! These are AMAAAZZZING! I have a few bags of leaves I tried to find a place for last year, but I hated the colors and they didn’t match anything. Now I know what to do with them! Such a great idea and I can’t wait to try it. This whole project is perfect… right down to the chalkboard background! LOVE!
Such a cute and fun idea, Chelsea! Love it!
Love it so Pretty! I bought leaves and painted them Too.
Love, love, LOVE this color scheme for your autumn leaves display! I’m definitely going to be making this – it’s simple, but has such great impact. Thanks for sharing! Pinned it. 🙂
Love this girl! So pretty! Thanks for linking this up to The Creative Collection Link Party!
Love this…you had me at aqua. 😉