These rustic garlands mimic the delicate way that leaves flutter down from the trees this time of year. I originally intended to string them in scalloped swoops against the wall, but we found that they looked even prettier when we brought them by the light of the window, so we dangled them vertically like autumnal blinds instead. Whether you dangle them in your window, line a wall with them as a holiday backdrop, or use them to trim the edge of the bar or buffet table, they'll bring the rustic palette of the season - and the woodsy scent of leaves - into your holiday decor. And If you are more adept at using your sewing machine than I am, this is a little Thanksgiving-worthy decoration that you can whip up quickly. Most of my time was spent untangling the string of my sewing machine...
Simply gather a bunch of autumn leaves and feed them through your sewing machine one right after the other. We chose to alternate which way the stems were pointing, but to always have the "front" of the leaf facing up. You can play with how much space you leave between each leaf. Then simply hang them by the thread.
As Marisa pointed out to me today, the nicest thing about a craft like this is that you're making something you can't buy. Sometimes, by the time you get the materials and fumble through instructions, crafting can feel pretty pointless - why not just spend the money and effort shopping for the damn thing instead, you know? But these garlands have an ephemeral quality you can't pick up at a store. The leaves are like little gems gathered on an autumn walk - perhaps the nicest part of the project is that it forces you outside to hunt for fall treasures. And the craft won't last any longer than the leaves themselves. Which is just as well, because the season is fleeting, and soon it will be time to replace them with winter greenery (!).
(all photos, Jamie Grill Photography)