Recreating natures imperfect perfection in burlap.
Burlap is a natural fabric made from hemp or jute the fibers of plants. So I removed the fabric leaves from inexpensive dollar store fall leaves and added burlap leaves.
But I still used the “plastic” stems!!
A couple of Country Design Style followers joined me last week for a “LIVE” tutorial through our Design Workshop and our computers. It was a blast!! Thank you DIYers for creating along with me. We create something each month and you’re welcome to join us. Click here to read more.
For this DIY project you will need to prepare a piece of burlap. About 1/4 to 1/2 yard will do. Click here to learn how to prepare your burlap. At tip to cover your burlap quick is those small paint rollers.
When dry, lay out your leaves and trace around the edges using a permanent marker. Then cut out the leaves. I used different shapes of leaves.
Then gently pull the fabric leaves off the plastic stems from your dollar store stems. Note: some are super easy to pull off and some are a bit…harder.
Then spray the plastic with a dark spray paint…or not! On one set I sprayed them on one I didn’t. Since spray paint the computers don’t work well together, we didn’t last week! 😕
Next fire up the hot glue gun. While it’s getting hot, add a bit more marker around the leaf edges. I found that laying the leave face down, adding a line of glue along the plastic veins then laying the veins along the center of the leaf is easier. Press lightly using a silicone rubber spatula or fingertips.
Then display. The leaves can be shaped and bent too. Notice I left some of the veins without a leaf…it is fall! 😀
More ideas for burlap leaves.
Add glue and glitter to the edges
Draw veins using markers in autumn colors
Cut the plastic stems from the “handlethingy” to make arranging easier
Cut different shapes of leaves
Basic List of Supplies
Paint brush or small roller
Small bunch of fall silk leaves
Black permanent marker
Hot glue gun with glue sticks
I would enjoy seeing your photos of burlap leaves! You can send them using the form here.