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How to Make a Fall Leaf out of Burlap

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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
  • Printer
  • Tape
  • Burlap
  • Paper stem wire
  • Twine
  • Ribbon
  • Greenery
  • Berry pick
  • Hot glue 
  • Scissors
  • Wire cutters
hand drawn oak leaf printed on paper

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. 

paper leaf cutout being used to cut a leaf out of burlap

Using the template, I traced the leaf onto my burlap, then cut it out.

tracing a leaf onto burlap
burlap oak leaf cutout

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. 

paper stem wire used to create the lines on a burlap oak leaf

I used hot glue to attach the paper stem wire to the burlap leaf. You will need wire cutters for this. 

adding paper stem wire to a burlap leaf to make the ribs of the leaf
adding paper stem wire to a burlap leaf to make the ribs of the leaf

After attaching the paper stem wire, I outlined the entire leaf with regular twine to finish it off. 

using twine around the edge of a burlap oak leaf

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! 

using twine around the edge of a burlap oak leaf

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.  

criss cross bow used for a burlap leaf swag

I added raffia, greenery, wooden swirls, and a berry pick to my bow, also. What do you think? 

burlap oak leaf swag

How to Make a Fall Leaf out of Burlap

burlap oak leaf swag

I hope you enjoyed this fall leaf DIY! If you did, I would love for you to leave a comment below, join our email list, and follow me on >>Facebook<<! God bless my friend! 

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  1. Shari

    L’Briska I have enjoyed every creation that you have shared with those of us in your online community. I loved this oak leaf you created with burlap and paper veins. I also loved the wooden oak and maple leaf that you crafted. Thank you for sharing. I don’t feel I have a lot of creativity, but I do get inspired when I watch and am encouraged by you to try one of your creations and make it my own.

    Thank you for selecting me to received a portion of the Goodwill tablecloth. I received it 2 days ago. I thought I was going to make a pumpkin out of it but now that I have it, I do not like where the design lands on the pumpkin. I will think about it a little bit longer before I use it in a creation. Again thank you. I will continue to watch you and encourage my crafting friends to watch and follow you too.

    1. JRandLBriska

      Thank you so very much for your encouragement! I did send you a couple of the round motifs that you can make a pumpkin with as well. I can’t wait to see what you make with it! ☺️

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