At long last, I finally got up my fall garland!
Now I know it's only been fall for about a month now, so I don't seem too far behind, right? Well...I actually cooked up this scheme LAST YEAR, so -- taking that into account -- I am a wee bit tardy.
The important thing is that I finally got my act in gear...and I think it was worth the wait! I love the handmade fall leaves that are adorning my mantle!
So [last year, ahem] I let the girls experiment with red + yellow = orange. I let them loose with finger paints and big sheets of paper. They were happy to oblige.
I then spent what I remember as large amounts of time, tediously cutting out intricate maple leaf shapes from the girls' masterpieces. (I downloaded a template somewhere...there were a ton to choose from...just search "maple leaf shape".)
I glued the leaves onto circles of cardstock. This year [ahem] all I had to do was punch some holes in the circle and thread them with a couple of pieces of twine.
[I originally tried to thread strips of burlap through the holes, but I quickly learned how burlap ravels. Maybe a tighter weave of burlap would have worked?]
The girls were beyond excited to get up one morning and see their leaves -- which they remembered! -- across the mantle.
Happy Fall, Y'all!