Autumn Garland from Paint Samples
Here's a fall project to spruce up your home that is perfect for crafty parents to make during nap time or with older children. All it requires is avoiding looks at the hardware store when you make off with a whole bunch of paint samples!
What you'll need:
Paint samples (large sized)
Sharpie (orange is best)
Your first mission is a stealthy trip to the paint section of your hardware store. I don't think there are any rules that limit how many samples you can take, but I don't have the guts to do this without turning four shades of red. Maybe you have more confidence than I do, but if not get in, be quick, and wear something with pockets. Lol. Select some nice fall colors (greens, reds, yellows, oranges, browns) and smile your most innocent smile as you make your exit.
Print out this template I made (or if you are feeling particularly crafty you can make your own) and cut out the leaves. You may have to resize depending on your paint sample size.
Trace them on to the back of your paint cards. I was able to get two leaves on a few of them.
Cut them out.
Draw on the leaf veins - I found orange sharpie the best for this, but I imagine you could use red, yellow, brown, or in a pinch black. A straight edge helps for the center lines.
Punch two holes at the base of each leaf. If you only punch one hole they will twist on the twine and you will see the white backs. Two holes keeps them nicely lined up.
String them on your twine leaving an inch or two between each leaf and hang them up to add some fun fall color to you house! Then light some scented candles and cuddle up with some hot apple cider to admire your handy work.