Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Etceteras: faux wood leaves

I’m loving fall right now. Every time I open a magazine, I see dozens of great ideas and my project list is growing. This project was quick and easy so it made it to the top of the list and was quickly checked off. 

I saw this idea in Better Homes & Gardens and tore out the page. It sat in my tote bag for awhile and got a little wrinkled but at least it made it home. BH&G used wood veneer to make these pretty fall leaves. I thought of way to make faux wood leaves without using veneer.

I used wood grain contact paper. I cut small pieces of cardstock and stuck the contact paper onto both sides. Using leaf templates, I drew the outline and cut them out. If you have a die cutting machine, you could whip up lots of these since it’s much faster than hand cutting each one.

The color variations of the leaves are based on the color of cardstock in between the two pieces of contact paper. I used red, green and brown cardstock.

Here you can see the red cardstock along the edge of the leaf.

You can write things that you are thankful for on the leaves using a Sharpie or metallic pen. I happened to have some Mod Podge rub off lettering with phrases that were perfect for this project.

I’m thankful for so many things including family and friends.

And of course, autumn leaves.

Thank you Better Homes & Gardens for the fantastic idea and inspiration.

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  1. Beautiful! I would never have guessed that they were made from contact paper.

    I didn't realize until last night that I wasn't following you via GFC. Now I am.

  2. How creative is this! I saw the same craft idea on BHG and thought how neat it was, but using veneer I quickly moved on. This is what crafting is all about - adding your unique ideas to make it work!!!

  3. U amaze me w/your ideas!. This one is definitely cool and make anyone look twice at!

  4. So neat! Love this idea...found you on Sygar & Spice. :)

  5. Love the look of these! awesome! ;-)

  6. Thank you for sharing this great idea! Love your use of contact paper…much easier!
    Have a great day!

  7. Very cute idea. They make the best contact paper these days.

  8. very very cute!!! I love the look and how simple they are to make! Thank you for the inspiration and for linking up at Happy Hour!
    Jaime from Crafty Scrappy Happy

  9. You never cease to amaze me Carolyn with your creativity!

  10. These are so special Carolyn! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your lovely family!

  11. Elegant and simple and stunning. Thanks for sharing at Friday's BFF Open House. Featured these as part of my wrap up today.

  12. This such a great fall idea. Thank you for sharing.

  13. Wow, awesome! Great work, thanks for sharing..Sawinery


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