Paper Leaf Garland – sketch and cut

Paper Leaf Garland – sketch and cut

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.

Fall Paper Leaf Garland
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.

Leaf Garland
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!

How to cut a sketch with the SilhouetteStep 1 – Open the Silhouette Studio Designer and add the desired ‘sketch’ shape to the design page.

How to Sketch and Cut with the SilhouetteStep 2 – Open the Offset Window – as shown above.

Silhouette TutorialStep 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.

Silhouette Sketch TutorialStep 7 – Right click the image and select Release Compound Path.

Sketch and CutStep 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.

Sketch and Cut TutorialStep 9 – With the shape Selected, right click the image and select Group.

Silhouette Sketch and CutStep 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.

Silhouette Cut TutorialStep 11 – Drag the cursor across all of the shapes to highlight them – then right click and select Ungroup.

Silhouette CameoStep 12 – Open the Cut Style Window – as shown above.

Silhouette Sketch and CutStep 13 – Drag the cursor across all of the shapes to highlight them and select Cut Edge.

Silhouette TutorialStep 14 – Working with one shape at a time – click the shape to select the outer most line – as shown above.

Sketch Cut TutorialStep 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.

Silhouette Cameo SketchStep 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)

Silhouette CameoStep 17 – Open the Cut Style Window – as shown above.

Silhouette Sketch and CutStep 18 - Drag the cursor across all of the shapes to highlight them and select No Cut.

Sketch and CutStep 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.

How to Sketch and Cut with the SilhouetteStep 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.

Silhouette Fall ProjectsYou can see the actual sketch and the offset distance outline clearly above. The offset distance can be adjust as described above in step 3.

Paper Leaves
I used a pencil to slightly curl the edges of each leave for some added texture.

Paper Leaf Garland
The leaves were then hung by mini wooden clothespins on a piece of decorative jute string.

Leaf Garland
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.

Handmade Leaf Garland

Fall Leaf Craft
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.

DIY Paper Garland
We used our garland to add a fun touch of fall to the chalkboard in CJ’s school room.

DIY Chalkboard Wall
Read more about the DIY Framed Chalkboard Wall and Wooden Alphabet Wall Art.

Are you dreaming about the fall yet? Enjoy.

                  

Comments

  1. Super cute!!! THanks for sharing!

  2. That is truly lovely. So pretty with all the different patterns playing so well together! What a fantastic tutorial too. Thank you for sharing in such great detail. Happy Fall (almost!)

  3. Your garland is soooo pretty! What a perfect way to celebrate the first falling leaves :)

    xo, Tanya

  4. How cute! The garland looks beautiful, I love all the different leaves!

  5. I love this! I think I will have my kiddos do this to decorate our classroom too.

  6. Thanks so much for this great tutorial. I will be making myself a banner soon for fall. How cute is this!

        

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