If you’re like me, you spend one-third of your life at work and you would much rather be home surrounded by all things crafty! Since I have to work to afford my hobby (and pay the bills), I wanted to make something seasonal to decorate my office. That way, I can still have a little bit of my papercrafting with me while I’m there! You could use this as home decor on an end table or to greet your guests as they enter your home!
Here’s what you’ll need to make this seasonal beauty…
- Golden Harvest Collaboration by Mari and Danielle
- Autumn Leaves Template Set and Cutting Files by Kelleigh Ratzlaff
- Brown Chalk Ink
- Embossing folder
- Wooden circle (or other shape)
- Circle Cutting Tool
- Scissors and adhesive
- Embellishments and ribbon
Begin by printing out the papers you would like to use for your leaves and then run them through the printer again so the leaves template prints right on top. Print out any additional patterned papers you would like to use as well as any titles or other elements.
Cut out the leaves, emboss them with your favorite embossing folder and ink the edges. Sweep the ink pad across the top of the leaves to bring out the embossed pattern.
Repeat until all of your leaves and elements are cut out and inked up! I was surprised at how quickly this was done!
I used an eight inch wooden circle that I had laying around from an unfinished project, but you can use any sturdy material…maybe even an old plate.
If you don’t have anything sturdy, try cutting your own circle from chipboard and covering it with a piece of cardstock cut to the same size.
Cut out your background paper and apply to the circle with adhesive. Apply your title or sentiment with adhesive in the desired location. Then, start to layer up your leaves.
I originally layered my leaves in a pattern going up the left side of the circle, but I bumped into it and all the leaves ended up in the center…I liked it better there so I decided to adhere them across the center of the circle instead! Funny how things happen that way!
Finish off your decor with a matching ribbon and some Fall inspired embellishments. My bow is actually three bows layered on top of each other. I added a chipboard clock and some Fall colored berries. I topped it off with my acorn that was embossed and inked to match the leaves.
Here’s the finished project sitting on an easel in my family room. I hope I can bring myself to take it with me to work tomorrow! Maybe I’ll wait a few days…
This project can easily be made for all of the seasons and even holidays too. Keep an easel on your window sill or shelf at work and swap it out to surround yourself with your favorite things while you’re at work!
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