Make Pretty Pressed Leaf Bunting This Autumn
Celebrate the beautiful shapes of autumn leaves with this easy to make pressed leaf bunting. It’s a gorgeous way to bring the outdoors in, and you can reuse them year after year. Have fun foraging for leaves, and searching for some old books at book sales and car boot sales, then check out Penelope’s step-by-step tutorial below, to create your own pretty autumn decor!
What You Need:
- 8 pages from an old book
- Some teabags and half a cup of warm water
- Paper straws
- Autumn leaves – pressed for a week
- Double sided tape
First stain the pages to give them an aged look. You can use a teabag that’s soaked in hot water – just squeeze out the excess water with a spoon, (be careful not to burn your fingers!) and once it’s cooled, gently dab onto the pages. Let dry and repeat, building up the colour and texture gradually.
Cut a triangle into the bottom of the paper, so it reaches about a fifth of the way up the page to make a bunting shape.
Stick down a strip of double sided tape about 2cm from the top of the page. Remove the backing.
Now put the paper straw at the very top of the page, and start to roll down until it sticks with the double sided tape. Cut your straws to size if need be.
Next take out your leaves – I like to press mine for at least a week, between the pages of a heavy book with some paper towel. The drier they are, the longer they’ll hold their colour.
Glue the leaves to the bunting with some pva glue. Press in between the pages of a book until dry.
You’re all done! Time to hang your pretty pressed leaf bunting in your favourite spot at home, and welcome autumn in crafty style!
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