Fall Leaf Decorations - Make a Leaf Mandala for the Wall

Fall Leaf Decorations :: Make a Leaf Mandala for Your Wall

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Fall Leaf Decorations - Make a Leaf Mandala for the Wall

Look what we’ve been doing with our pretty doodled leaves! Arranging (and rearranging) them into leafy mandalas and other designs on our living room wall.

I’ll share a few photos of our fall leaf decorations, then I’m going to call it a night and go finish reading The Hunger Games!

Fall Leaf Mandala5

We used this removable mounting putty to attach the leaves. So easy! Just a tiny piece was all we needed for each leaf. I haven’t used this much at all in the past but will definitely start using it more for hanging art up temporarily. I think the packet cost $1.99 so it was cheap, as well as effective.

Fall Leaf Decorations - Make a Leaf Mandala for the Wall

We all got into arranging the leaves. Luckily they are both flexible and strong enough to be handled repeatedly, thanks to the coat of Mod Podge.

Fall Leaf Mandala

And beautiful, of course.

Fall Leaf Mandala

I just love these leaves! Love that we took something so full of natural beauty and were able to add our own creative stamp to them.

How about you? Have you been making any fall leaf decorations or autumn leaf art? Share, share!

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  • Sarah M
    November 14, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    so great! This morning we went out and bought some silver sharpies and modge podge (I really have ever other craft item except that–strangely!) and did this to the leaves we’ve been collecting.
    This was a fun craft to do with my two kids. Thanks for the inspiration. We needed it–dad is gone on a business trip and everyone’s cranky! :)
    Sarah M

  • Gesche
    November 15, 2011 at 5:51 am

    so pretty!!!

  • Karen
    November 15, 2011 at 5:53 am

    So gorgeous! I read your posts quite a lot but never comment, even though I find them very inspiring. These leaves look so beautiful, I just had to let you know I love the way they look!

  • Rachel
    November 15, 2011 at 9:13 am

    joe is sitting on my lap currently begging to go to your house after seeing these pics. :)
    and i’ve been lusting after mod podge for wks now b/c of you. totally forgot to pick some up after my big trip there last wk. gracious. again soon! or can you pick me up some on your next trip? i’ll give you $ or canvases! (with interest! ;) )

  • Melissa Taylor
    November 15, 2011 at 11:27 am

    I love how beautiful and simple this idea is, thanks, Jean!

  • Rashmie @ MommyLabs
    November 15, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    This is so beautiful – both the drawings on the leaves and the way you guys arranged them in mandala fashion!
    We love making leaf art but sadly our fall leaves don’t wear those riot of colours that they do in your part of the world… :(
    Nevertheless, we keep making some leaf art every now and then. Made these leaf decoupage candle holders that I posted just today :)
    http://mommylabs.gorgeouskarma.com/art_craft_projects_kids/creating-my-me-time-leaf-decoupage-votive-candle-holder/

  • Alice
    November 15, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Love it!!! I am so sad we cannot get MOD PODGE over here.
    I´m totally in love with falling leaves this fall. See our projects – Falling leaves garland http://www.magrata.cz/2011/11/podzimni-girlanda.html
    Falling leaves crown http://www.magrata.cz/2011/11/podzimni-kralovska-korunka.html

  • Sarada
    November 15, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    this is so pretty, what a great idea!

  • Heather Collins
    November 15, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    That is just gorgeous! I might have to try that putty too. Tape doesn’t always work so well.
    We made a “give thanks” banner just yesterday and I blogged about it today. It’s so pretty. Homemade decorations are the best! :)

  • Jean Van't Hul
    November 15, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Beautiful! Love your candle holders!

  • Jean Van't Hul
    November 15, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    If I still had some, I’d let you borrow it. As it is, I used the last of it on these leaves. Yes, I’ll pick some up for you next time I’m at the store!

  • Jean Van't Hul
    November 15, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    I bet another glue might give a similar effect. Actually, I’ve see links to a homemade version of mod podge off pinterest. Off to explore…

  • Jean Van't Hul
    November 15, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Yes! According to these links you can make your own mod podge with white glue watered down with water in a 1:1 ratio.
    http://doityourselfdivas.blogspot.com/2011/09/diy-mod-podge.html
    http://sunnyslifeinrehab.blogspot.com/2010/08/homemade-decoupage-medium.html
    I’d better try that!

  • Jean Van't Hul
    November 15, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    By the way, I love your leaf garland and leaf crowns!

  • Jean Van't Hul
    November 15, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Thanks for commenting, Karen! I’m so glad you like the leaves!

  • Jean Van't Hul
    November 15, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Yay! So glad you tried this and had fun with it.

  • Kristine
    November 16, 2011 at 12:09 am

    I love your use of Mod Podge. I am going to go get some tomorrow and use them on the glorious ginko and maple leaves.
    We have been tracing leaves on to construction paper and then cutting them out and drawing on them. We are simply stringing them up or tossing them on the dining room table as a centerpiece.

  • Vegetable Gardener, Cook, Homesteader, Miser, Homeschool mama
    November 16, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Wonderful idea! I think I will have to try this with my boy. He’s only four, and I’m having a hard time nurturing his creative side.

  • Alice
    November 21, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Jean, thanks for those links. I´m definitely going to try make my DIY Mode Podge.

  • Alice
    November 21, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Thanks. I wish I had time to write our blog also in English. Just to let you know I mentioned your leaf printing tutorial in our Leaf girland post.

  • learning parade
    December 11, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Wow! These leaves look really amazing when displayed so creatively!

  • Roxanne
    August 29, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    What did you use to decorate them? They are beautiful. :)

  • Melissa
    August 31, 2012 at 10:23 am

    do you use modge podge first or draw on them with markers and then use mod podge?

  • Erinn
    October 9, 2013 at 1:28 am

    curious if the leaves are pressed first or just collected and then modge podge applied? does modge podge go on before or after you draw on them?

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