I stumbled upon an idea for fall leaf paper cutting online today and it brought me back to the days of paper dolls.
I decided to recycle the ends of the dustcover paper I use for the back of my frames...ahhhh, recycling!
I found a maple leaf out in my yard and cut a long strip of paper the same width, then folded it accordion style until I ended up with a 3x3 inch square. I used brown craft paper, but think outside the box with wrapping paper, parchment paper, paper grocery bags, or even pull some out of your printer.
I arranged the leaf so that part of the leaf extended beyond the borders of the paper on two opposite folded sides.
Trace the leaf then cut, being careful not to cut through the fold (see arrows). It's more interesting to angle it slightly rather than tracing it straight up and down.
Pull apart your leaves and you've made a garland! I draped mine over my mantle. Happy Fall!
Want more fall decor ideas? Hop on over to the Nester's Fall Nesting Party!