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Decoupaging with Autumn Leaves

Did you know you can decoupage with beautiful autumn leaves from your garden? This simple tutorial shows you how. This is the perfect fall craft!

We have a beautiful Virginia Creeper that grows up the side of the house, and at this time of year it's leaves turn the most stunning Crimson. Although lovely, as you can see from the photos, it really is the most rampant of plants, and every couple of years Hubby asserts his authority over it. This weekend was the fateful weekend when it all came off.

Did you know you can decoupage with beautiful autumn leaves from your garden? This simple tutorial shows you how. This is the perfect fall craft!

The kids and I collected some of the smaller leaves up (we like to be helpful!) and decided we would try and decoupage with them. On close inspection, the leaves don't lie flat, but have a bit of a curl to them, so before we started we stuck them in the telephone directory, under a pile of books for a few hours to try and flatten them out - much in the same way as we did in Using Pressed Leaves to Decorate Candles. This time however, we wanted our leaves to still be fresh, not dried, so we just left them overnight, which did the job nicely.

Did you know you can decoupage with beautiful autumn leaves from your garden? This simple tutorial shows you how. This is the perfect fall craft!

We decoupaged onto a Kraft notepad. Before we started, we painted a layer of slightly watered-down pva glue to the blank cover and let it dry. Traditional decoupage is the art of decorating with cut out pieces of paper. The finished artwork is then covered with many layers of varnish, giving a beautiful glossy effect. There are many different decoupage paper and glue products on the market, but for our crafting adventures we have always had great results with scraps of paper we already have around the house, and plain old pva glue.

Did you know you can decoupage with beautiful autumn leaves from your garden? This simple tutorial shows you how. This is the perfect fall craft!

Working a patch at a time, we applied a generous layer of the slightly thinned glue, applied our leaf, and immediately coated the top surface again with glue. We continued working like this until we had covered the whole cover of the notepad. We then put it to one side to dry. Once the glue was completely dry we painted over another layer of glue. Our finished notepad has had two extra coats of glue on it, and the surface feels nice and robust. The finish on the leaves almost has a leathery look about it, and we are hopeful that the glue will do its job in preserving their integrity and colour.

Did you know you can decoupage with beautiful autumn leaves from your garden? This simple tutorial shows you how. This is the perfect fall craft!

We love how our leaf decoupage turned out, if you would like some more leaf craft inspiration please check out our Using Pressed Leaves to Decorate Candles tutorial, and our Air Dried Clay Leaves.

Did you know you can decoupage with beautiful autumn leaves from your garden? This simple tutorial shows you how. This is the perfect fall craft!

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Learn how to decoupage with fall leaves, a fabulous nature craft to try with the family

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46 Comments

  • Reply kathy burke

    Did you varnish over the glue , love this idea.

    January 11, 2017 at 1:34 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Hi Kathy, no we didn’t we used covered it with a couple of layers of the PVA glue, but you certainly could – would love to hear how you get on if you try it 🙂

      January 11, 2017 at 8:18 am
  • Reply Rose

    How have the leaves held up so far? I would like to make this and then some. I have to walk a little further to gather my leaves, lol.

    October 19, 2016 at 7:49 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      They last really well Rose, we made these last year and the notebooks are still perfect – maybe slightly darker in colour, but no deterioration, and the leaves haven’t lifted at all!

      October 23, 2016 at 11:12 am
  • Reply Linda at Mixed Kreations

    Great idea! Your notepad turned out very pretty, I like how the leaves are different shades of reds, and greens. I love the crafty ideas using leaves, or anything of nature.
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    August 30, 2016 at 8:54 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      We love the natural colours and textures too Linda, and it’s lovely to bring nature into the house 🙂

      August 31, 2016 at 12:02 pm
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