Paper Leaf Garland | I’m certainly not trying to rush the end of summer but the little guy and I spotted some changing leaves the other day and it has me yearning for fall. The changing of the seasons makes me want to make our home all warm and cozy – and I just love this time of year.
The trail walk inspired me to put together this simple paper leaf garland for CJ’s school room. It’s incredibly easy and since it’s made of paper, the leaves can be packed away at the end of the season for additional crafting next year.
I used my Silhouette to sketch and cut the leaves, however the same garland can be made using this printable. (simply print the leaves off on various pieces of scrapbook paper and cut them cut by hand)
If you do have a Silhouette, the following is a detailed tutorial to let the machine
do all the work for you!
Step 1 – Open the Silhouette Studio Designer and add the desired ‘sketch’ shape to the design page.
Step 2 – Open the Offset Window – as shown above.
Step 3 – Make sure the shape is highlighted. (simply click on the shape)
Step 4 – Click the Offset Button – as shown above.
Step 5 – Adjust the Offset Distance – as shown above. This adjusts the outline cut of your shape.
Step 6 – Click Apply.
Step 7 – Right click the image and select Release Compound Path.
Step 8 – Remove all the little extra cut marks in the shape – this will vary based on the shape chosen. To do this select the piece that needs to be remove and hit the Delete Key on the keyboard. The arrows above show some of the pieces that need to be removed from this particular shape.
Step 9 – With the shape Selected, right click the image and select Group.
Step 10 – If you would like to sketch and cut multiple shapes – right click the image and select Copy, then right click the image again and select Paste. Move the images around to space them out on the cutting page.
Step 11 – Drag the cursor across all of the shapes to highlight them – then right click and select Ungroup.
Step 12 – Open the Cut Style Window – as shown above.
Step 13 – Drag the cursor across all of the shapes to highlight them and select Cut Edge.
Step 14 – Working with one shape at a time – click the shape to select the outer most line – as shown above.
Step 15 – Then select No Cut. This will make the outline of the shape noticeably lighter which will allow you to sketch the shape prior to cutting.
Repeat step 13 and 14 for each individual shape.
Step 16 – Now you are ready to sketch your shapes. Select Send to The Silhouette and change the Current Settings for using the Sketch Pens – as shown above.
Then load the Silhouette and press Cut.
Once the machine is done sketching – Do not remove the cutting mat from the machine)
Step 17 – Open the Cut Style Window – as shown above.
Step 18 - Drag the cursor across all of the shapes to highlight them and select No Cut.
Step 19 – Working with one shape at a time – click the shape to select the outer most line then click Cut Edge – as shown above. This will make the outline of the shape noticeably darker which will cut the shapes.
Repeat this step for each individual shape.
Step 20 – Click Send to The Silhouette and change the Current Settings to cut paper - as shown above.
Place the Cutting Blade back in the Silhouette Machine and press Cut.
You can see the actual sketch and the offset distance outline clearly above. The offset distance can be adjust as described above in step 3.
I used a pencil to slightly curl the edges of each leave for some added texture.
The leaves were then hung by mini wooden clothespins on a piece of decorative jute string.
Different color sketch pens were used for the various patterned papers. I have only used the sketch pens a few times though this project certainly put them to the test – sketching leaf after leaf. Each pen lasted for approximately eight leaves before they seemed to run out. If I were to do another project that required heavy use of the sketch pens, I would definitely opt for the silhouette pen holder adapter which allows you to use regular ball point pens for the ink.
With the variety of scrapbook papers available the possibilities for
colorful pattern combinations are endless.
Alternatively, the printable version could also be printed on plain cardstock and your little ones can get involved by painting or coloring in the leaves by hand.
We used our garland to add a fun touch of fall to the chalkboard in CJ’s school room.
Are you dreaming about the fall yet? Enjoy.