I wanted to make a garland to bring some of those shapes and colors inside. Preserved leaves are nice, but not enough of them have changed color yet here, and I wanted something a little softer.
I think I'm going to make more because it was fun to do. I think Benjamin's preschool class might like one for their window... :)
You will need:
felt in assorted colors (I used Eco-fi, which is made from recycled bottles)
string or cord for the garland
leaves from various trees
Step 1: Gather and Trace Leaves
It's good to get a variety of leaf sizes for each type, in case you get home and realize some are either too small or too big to look okay with the rest of the design. I tried to get leaves that weren't all dried out yet. It's easier to trace them if you can flatten them without breaking them.
Tracing leaves with a pen or marker would take too long. I used a powder instead. I put some flour on a plate, dabbed it with a roll of felt, then dabbed the flour onto the leaf and felt. It worked really well, and the flour wasn't a problem removing after I'd cut out all the leaves.