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Recently, I was inspired by my mentor and fellow creative, Brooke from Re-Fabbed. She recently shared her >>fall mantel<< and I just loved her big metal leaves she had hanging from it! I set out to try to recreate that somewhat with this DIY!
Supplies Needed for this Project:
- Paper stem wire
- Berry pick
- Hot glue
- Wire cutters
This oak leaf isn’t perfect, because it’s hand drawn. I drew it onto a regular 8.5×11 sheet of paper. Afterwards, I enlarged it with my printer using two sheets of paper and piecing them together. After using tape to connect them, I cut the leaf out as my template. You can laminate it to prolong it’s use, also.
Using the template, I traced the leaf onto my burlap, then cut it out.
I found these paper stem wires in the floral section of Walmart recently and they are perfect to use for the ribs of the leaf. Because they are wired, they make the leaf nice and sturdy.
I used hot glue to attach the paper stem wire to the burlap leaf. You will need wire cutters for this.
After attaching the paper stem wire, I outlined the entire leaf with regular twine to finish it off.
It was a bit messy around the edges, so I cut around the outside of the twine border to clean it up a bit. Now onto that bow!
I like the leaf by itself, but I wanted to add a little something to the stem and let the leaf hang down. The bow I made was basically a Re-Fabbed bow, but I used a single larger ribbon strip along the back to anchor the criss cross pieces.
I added raffia, greenery, wooden swirls, and a berry pick to my bow, also. What do you think?