Learn how to make a paint-by-number leaf garland. This easy-to-make garland uses photocopies of paint-by-numbers cut into leaf shapes. It’s perfect for decorating a fall mantle.
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For me, fall conjures up feelings of coziness and outings. I love spending those last few warm weeks at flea markets and barn sales.
Want to know my favorite thing to find at flea markets? Paint by numbers! I love their simple images and colors.
So I decided to use the images that I love so much for a fall-themed project.
Best of all, no paint by number paintings were harmed in this process!
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How to Make Paint by Number Leaf Garland
- Paint by number images
- Card Stock
- Silhouette tools
- Hole punch
- Yarn or string
- Leaf cut files
It’s possible to cut the leaves by hand. The leaf cut files also come with JPG versions to print and use as a template.
- Find your paint by number images. If you have a paint by number collection, you can scan them in to your computer. The leaf garland would also look cool with maps or fun printed paper.
- Print them out on cardstock. I chose fit to page to make the most of the design.
- Place the cardstock on the silhouette mat and cut the shapes with the correct settings. Make sure that your leaves fit inside the printed portion of you paper by leaving a 1/4″ to 1/2″ space around the edges. I moved my leaves around to take advantage of certain views that I wanted, like the deer.
- Use the silhouette spatula to remove the extra cardstock, then carefully remove the leaves. If you paper curls, you can flatten it under some heavy books.
- Use a hole punch to make holes in the leaves. I chose to place my holes in the body of the leaves instead of the stems for added stability.
- Cut a piece of yarn to length, giving yourself a several extra inches.
- Lay out your yarn and string to figure out the spacing and pattern for your paint by number leaf garland.
- Thread the yarn through the holes, tying each leaf in place. If you knot the ends, the yard will thread through the holes much easier.
- When I was done, I tied little loops at each end to make hanging easier. The leaf garland is hung on tiny nails in my mantle. I painted them white to blend in, but I find them very useful!
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