Now that my girls are getting a little older (7 and 9) they are really getting into decorating for the seasons and holidays AND they are old enough to help. So this weekend the three of us worked together to make this fun fall garland with paper leaves.
- Big Shot Die-Cut Machine
- Autumn Accents Bigz Die
- Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
- Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Die
- Crushed Curry 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock
- Garden Green 8-1/2″X11″ Card Stock
- Cherry Cobbler 8-1/2″X11″ Card Stock
- Cajun Craze 8-1/2″X11″ Card Stock
- 7/16″ Natural Trim Ribbon
- Tombow Multi-Purpose Adhesive
How to Make this Fall Garland
- Select your colors. This is a great way to use up paper scraps! Select card stock in the fall colors of your choice and if you are using bigger pieces cut it down to less than 6″ so it will fit through the Big Shot.
- Cut your leaves. This is a great job for kids. Just show them how to line up the paper on the leaf die and how to layer everything (clear cutting pad – die – card stock – clear cutting pad) and they love to turn the Big Shot crank!
- Emboss your leaves. You don’t have to do this step but a little texture does add a lot!! Another great step for the kids to help with. Just place the leaves in an embossing folder (you can do more than one leaf at a time), layer between two clear cutting pads and place on top of the Multi-Purpose Platform open to Tab 1 to run through the Big Shot.
- Assemble your garland! Spread a line of wax paper down your table to protect it and then put the ribbon down. My daughter selected a color pattern that she wanted to use and handed me the leaves while I glued each down with Tombow Multi-Purpose Adhesive. It takes longer to dry (we left ours overnight) but it really stays stuck when hanging.
For me, hanging it up was the trickiest part. I cut my ribbon extra long, used tacks to secure it to the wall just above my fireplace mantel and then used candles to keep the ends in place where I wanted them.
Have fun making your version of this garland!