Gilded Fall Leaf Artwork

October 25, 2014Laura Mason

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Hello and happy Saturday! It’s Laura from Lovely Wren, popping by to show you how to combine natural fall colors with pops of gold to make this easy and eye-catching artwork. Although you need to let your leaves dry for a few hours after decoupaging and painting, actually putting this canvas together only takes about twenty minutes, and since you probably have all or most of these supplies on hand, it should cost you next to nothing. Definite bang for your buck!

You Will Need:

  • Dried Leaves (press them between the pages of a heavy book to dry)
  • Gold Spray Paint
  • Foam Brush & Decoupage
  • A Canvas
  • Gold Sharpie
  • Hot Glue Gun

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That might seem like kind of a lot of supplies, but I promise this is an easy project! First you need to collect and dry two different kinds of leaves. I used maple and an unknown variety (LOL – I love plants but I am horrible at identifying them!).

After drying the leaves, use the foam brush to apply a coat of decoupage to all the maple leaves. You don’t need to do multiple coats, but slather it on pretty thick. Spray paint the “unknown variety” leaves gold.

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Once the paint and decoupage dry, hot glue the maple leaves to your canvas. I laid them all out first and fiddled around until I got the placement right, then secured them with a few blobs on hot glue on the back of each leaf. Decoupaging/painting makes the leaves somewhat pliable, so you can even gently bend them around the edges of your canvas for a more finished look.

Add the gold leaves on top of the maple leaves as accent pieces, and top everything off with a simple “fall” inscription – bonus points if you have gorgeous calligraphy skills, unlike me ;) And voila – gilded and natural leaves combine to make simple art that will look lovely anywhere in your home. I hope you liked it, and I’d love to hear what you think! You can find me here: blog // facebook // twitter // instagram

ps – you could probably skip the part where you dry the leaves, if you used them right after collecting them. But I didn’t do mine that way, so I can’t guarantee good results ;)

Comments (2)

  • Sasha

    October 28, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    Beautiful! I love this!

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