Anna, Studio

What to do with leaves: Foliage frame for a door

Traffic light from leaves
Traffic light from leaves

After having finally and successfully wrapped up summer, let’s dive straight into fall. I have marvelled over this flower art for years and have been wanting to recreat it ever since I first saw it. Think artificial flowers and washi tape. It just never happened (read I did not do it). And why just recreate when one can make their very own version? So I have…

Door decor with leaves
Door decor with leaves

I decorated my living room door with a heap of leaves from different trees. Don’t they look like a frame or a garland?

Supplies: leaves and washi tape
Supplies: leaves and washi tape

Seize the sunny fall day and gather your supplies, if you have not yet collected a whole bunch of leaves in different shapes, sizes and colors. Apart from them you will only need washi tape and maybe regular clear tape as well. It is exceptionnally pretty if you use washi tape in natural hues, too. Mine is the color of kraft paper with writing (excerpts from a dictionary) on it. I got it at Depot

Washi tape autumn decoration
Washi tape autumn decoration

Start with your biggest leaves, chestnut in my case. Tape them to the corners off the door . The stems of the upper leaves should be towards the lower part of the door, the lower leaves should be stems up – this will make it easier to cover them later on.

Colorful leaves
Colorful leaves

Take smaller leaves and arrange them so no same colors will be next to another and no same leaf types are near each other. Start on the top and work your way down. Always try to hide the stem under the leave that’s already in place. Since one hides the stems clear tape is fine here.

Autumnal door "garland"
Autumnal door “garland”

Go all the way around the door taping leaves one underneath or beside the other while hiding the stems. Use some special leaves to create a piece for the center of the door or use this foliage frame to showcase a work of art or your favorite piece of fall decor.

Big bowl of leaves
Big bowl of leaves

The unused leaves I arranged in a bowl with those yellow spider look-a-likes. Making this foliage frame took me under 10 minutes. Taking a walk, enjoying the sunshine and collecting leaves was way longer. Obviously creating and collection were equally enjoyable…

Apart from being pretty I find this educational, too. You can look up the leaves and learn – or teach your children – which tree or plant they are from. I have among others chestnut, maple, beech and vine. ~Anna~

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