Frugal Craft Idea | Make Beautiful Autumn Leaves

Christy | 3:25 AM |

Autumn's cooler weather inspires us to make some autumn crafts. Whether it's wreaths for the door or decor for the home, there are many great craft ideas to deck out your home. The changing leaves in colors of gold and copper are beautiful and are a symbol that autumn has arrived. Unfortunately, some people who live in the southern states don't get to experience the changing of leaves. Their leaves stay a vibrant green all year long. Many people plan vacations to northern states just to see the changing of the leaves. While this may not be feasible for everyone, perhaps bringing a little bit of autumn into your home can help put you in the spirit. One idea is fun, easy and can be done in a minimal amount of time. Here are instructions to make beautiful autumn leaves using actual leaves as your template.

Here's what you'll need:
  • Real leaves
  • Window screen from a hardware store
  • Newspaper
  • Gold spray paint
  • White printer paper
  • Permanent black marker
  • Scissors
  • Gold, copper and bronze paint pens

Let's get started:

First, cut a rectangle or square piece of window screen that is slightly larger than the leaf.

Second, place the cut piece of screen on a piece of newspaper and spray with gold spray paint. Allow to dry. Then turn the leaf over, spray the other side and allow to dry.

Third, place the leaf on a piece of white printer paper. Place the gold piece of window screen over the leaf. Using the black permanent marker, trace the outer edge of the leaf. Once you have done that, then add the veins.

Fourth, cut out the leaf from the window screen.

Fifth, use the gold, copper and bronze paint pens to outline the leaf and add the veins.

Lastly, bend the screen slightly to give the appearance of a real leaf.

These leaves can be used to decorate napkin rings or placed in a clear vase and used as a centerpiece. The possibilities are endless. Whichever way you use leaves to decorate your home, you can be sure that your home will have the spirit of autumn. So, pick up your supplies and get started because it's the season to start crafting.

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Cindy Buccieri is the creator and author of Busy Mom's Tips. Busy Mom's tips offers information on working from home, gift ideas, party ideas, family vacations, meal planning, fitness and exercise. To learn more about craft tips and more, please visit

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