With Thanksgiving only a couple of days away, my house needed a touch more fall pizzaz, so I searched on my Halloween and Fall Craftiness Pinterest board for something quick and easy. Who really has time to make something super involved this week? Not me! I chose a felt leaf garland from a Beautiful Mess. They have a great tutorial for it on their website. This craft is one that the kids can do, too. You might even have them do it while you’re cooking to keep them occupied and out of the kitchen!
If you have kids in the house, you’ll probably find everything you need to make this garland from your school project leftovers – felt, chalk, scissors, yarn, and a large needle. I chose felt pieces in fall colors and added one punch of color with turquoise. To make the leaves, I used a stencil of sorts. I found a piece of cardstock on which I had previously cut out leaves with my Slice Elite. You can certainly make your own stencil or simply freehand the leaves if you are a better drawer than me. I find that the best way to mark on felt is with basic, white chalk.
With my leaves drawn on my felt, I cut them out and started stitching. Rummage through your yarn stash to find one that coordinates with your felt. I used a size 18 tapestry needle and a running stitch to make the leaf veins. Because the end of this needle is pretty blunt, you can have the kids help out with the stitching, too.
The hardest part of this project was figuring out where to hang it. My Mishka quickly discovered it on a bookcase and had it in her paws. If I get bored with this decoration, it will apparently make for a great cat toy!