Thursday, September 29, 2011

Fall Mantel - Easy Book Page Leaf Garland

Hello friends!  I hope you are having a fabulous week!  I have been busy...having a little fun around the house!  Putting together a Fall look for my shop space last week, and perusing all of the amazing projects and inspiration in Blogland has motivated me to do a little seasonal decorating at home.  In past years I haven't done a lot of Fall decorating...I tend to skip the Halloween and Thanksgiving decor and go straight to decking the halls!
  I started with the family room mantel, removing my usual pale pink accents and trading them in for darker burgundy and brown tones.  I am still having fun with the coffee-stained paper leaves, and this time around I used pages from a (boring) book instead of sheet music. 
If you missed my simple tutorial on making the aged, scented book page or sheet music leaves, you can find it hereThey are easy, cheap and fun to make!
Here is how I made my book page leaf garland:
For a 6 foot garland, take 35-40 aged, dried book page leaves and run them through your sewing machine, overlapping and alternating their direction as you go.  What you end up with is a 2-dimensional length of leaves sewn together.  To get the 3-D look you see here on my mantle, secure one end where you want to hang your garland, and start twisting (like crepe paper).  Once you have a look you like, secure the other end.  Voila!
I am really enjoying my new Fall family room decor!  Somewhere in the attic is a box of ceramic orange pumpkins and leaf platters that I haven't been motivated to dig out.  Now I don't feel like I need to!  The orange has never really worked well with the colors in our home.  I love this warm, muted palette and I am looking forward to spreading it throughout the rest of our home for the Autumn months ahead! 
Sometime soon I am going to grab a can of that heat-safe black paint I keep hearing about and do away with the awful awful brass detail on our fireplaces!  It's on my super long list of projects to conquer!  What I wouldn't do for a few more hours in the day!
Thanks so much for your sweet visit today!  I so appreciate you taking the time to stop in and share your thoughts!  I know how busy everyone is and I just thought I'd tell you how much your comments mean to me! 
This weekend I'll be putting the finishing touches on my plans for my window display at Camas Antiques which I will be setting up the first part of next week!  This is the BIG project I keep mentioning!  I am super excited and a little nervous but can't wait to share it with you!  I've been collecting and storing bits and pieces for this display for months now and I think I am just about ready to pull it all together and unveil the vision!  Stay tuned my friends!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Best Wishes and Blessings,

I will be joining in on the following parties:
Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Potpourri Party at 2805
Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove
Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest


  1. May I call you GENIUS! This is so do-able, I can't wait to start this project... I'm using creams and whites for my fall decor this year instead of the typical orange, and this project fits in perfectly!
    Your tha bomb! I'm your newest stalker/follower.

  2. So Pretty and Sweet....I love the Leaf cutouts that you used to make a garland and decorated your mantel with it....It is all so VERY soft...
    Happy Fall to you...

  3. I love your leaf garland. I am going to have to try this one. Thanks so much for sharing. Love your blog also and am a new follower.

  4. wow I love the garland it is just so fresh looking and a great idea...thanks for sharing...I am a new follower...come for a visit

  5. So lovely, I just had to pin it. :)..and follow you!!

  6. Wonderful! I love that garland. I REALLY need to try that one! Thanks so much for sharing

  7. So pretty! You take very lovely pictures!

  8. What a fun and creative idea with the bookpage leaves! I love it! Now you have my head spinning with other ideas. I love that about blogging, so much inspiration! Thank you for joining TTF and have a fun weekend!

  9. Very nice!
    Thanks for sharing.

  10. I adore your book page garlnd & really like the idea of the scent you added! You mantel is beautiful!

    Thank you for linking to Potpourri Friday. I really appreciate your partcipion and hope you will make this a weekly party stop!

  11. Hi Amanda, oh this garland is wonderful! your mantle looks perfect with all these gorgeous colors, so glad you joined in for VIF, today, xoxo

  12. Love this garland. may have to try my hand at making it!~Ames

  13. Beautiful! I don't like a lot of orange, either. You're inspiring me. Thanks!

  14. Hi Amanda,
    You garland and mantel are entirely charming! Love the garland from the book pages! Such a creative an fun look. How nice you get to do windows for an antique store. I used to do windows for a shop and it was my favorite job ever! Thank you for linking it up to Home Sweet Home!

  15. Your room looks very pretty. I love the book page garland and that it is scented! Lesa

  16. You certainy have given the room just the right touch of fall...the garland is awesome. Looking forward to seeing what you've been planning.

  17. Hi Amanda, your place looks stunning and your leaf garland is absolutely darling. Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris


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