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DIY Fall Foliage Garland

2013 November 15

Being a graphic designer and blogger means that my eye is constantly searching out inspiration wherever I am. It’s hard to walk down a tree-lined street without my mind wandering to fall leaf inspired DIY projects for example.


I don’t know about you but my iPhone Camera Roll is more like a private Pinterest board filled with photos I’ve snapped and saved for inspiration than a photo album.  So, recently when Canon gifted me with a beautiful PIXMA printer, (who I named Han Solo since it looks like a Star Wars character), I was most excited to discover the Cloud Feature. The PIXMA Cloud makes it possible to take a photo anywhere on multiple devices and print it at home. It’s kind of exciting to come home to a printer tray filled with bits of blog inspiration and future projects!


Recently I snapped a photo of the changing fall trees in our neighborhood that ended up inspiring today’s DIY Fall Foliage Garland. You could certainly make this garland using real fall leaves but I chose to print paper maple leaves and use silk leaves from the craft store instead. I love the combination of the ethereal white paper oak leaves mixed with the sparkly gold accents. Sort of magical, much like my new Han Solo!

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Here’s what you need to make this DIY Fall Foliage Garland:

Wire Garland- I found this white pearl garland at Joanne Fabrics
Fall Foliage Template – download here
Dried or faux leaves
White spray paint
Gold glitter
Hot glue gun and glue


photos by Whitney Lucas

Step 1: Spray-paint all of your dried or faux leaves white on both sides. While the paint is still wet, sprinkle with gold glitter. Allow leaves to dry completely.
Step 2: Print out multiple copies of the Fall Foliage Template on white paper and cut out leaves. Fold down the middle and set aside.
Step 3: Starting at one end of the garland begin hot gluing paper and painted leaves to the garland. Alternate between the paper and painted leaves to create volume and definition.
Step 4: Hang and enjoy!

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Leah Bergman

Editor at Freutcake
Designer, blogger, cocktail shaker. Classic with a bit of sparkle. Founder & Editor of Freutcake.

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  1. November 15, 2013

    this is really beautiful! cannot get enough

  2. November 15, 2013

    I love this so much! Lovely!

  3. Kate permalink
    November 15, 2013

    LOVE! Such a understatedly beautiful way to decorate for the fall.

  4. November 15, 2013

    I love this!!

  5. Mallory permalink
    November 15, 2013

    You truly have the best taste in design, and you make it so simple to re-create! Thank you! 🙂
    — Mallory

    • November 15, 2013

      That is just so sweet of you to say Mallory! I hope you will re-create a garland and share your picture. 🙂

  6. November 15, 2013

    I love the mixture of paper and silk leaves Leah, I never would have thought to use the two together. How perfect is would the printer be for assembling things on your real-life inspiration board?! Love it.

    • November 15, 2013

      Thank you Chelsea! Yes, the printer is awesome for real life inspiration boards. I’m obsessed.

  7. November 15, 2013

    This is fabulous! Love this diy!

  8. November 15, 2013

    This is quite stunning and elegant, Leah! I would love to make this at some point, maybe not this season, but maybe next! Thank you! ~M.

  9. November 16, 2013

    Gorgeous! I’m having a huge love affair with garland right now.

  10. November 19, 2013

    beautiful! thanks for sharing!

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