We needed ::
- Paint chips – about 30 (hardware store)
- Hemp String (craft store – any string will do but we like hemp string as it is waxed and easy to thread through little holes)
- A small hole punch (craft store)
- A leaf punch (craft store)
Use the leaf punch to cut the colorful paint chips into leaf shapes.
Use the hole punch to punch two small holes in each leaf, just above the stem of the leaf. This was Teddy’s job and he set about it with great diligence. I love watching him work on fine motor skill tasks as he has a habit of sticking out his tongue in concentration which makes my mothers-heart melt.
It really doesn’t matter if the holes are skew or unevenly spaced… the randomness of how they hang will add charm to your garland.
Cut off a length of string about 7 feet long and thread an end through one hole on the leaf and back through the other. Make sure to thread each leaf the same way as the paint chips we used were only colored on one side.
Thread all your leaves onto your string.
Our mantle looks like Autumn has visited our home, leaving her gorgeous colors to tempt us with visions of her as we wait patiently for her to arrive.
Has Autumn come to you already or are you also waiting patiently? Or, is Spring your next season?
Blessings and magic,