Create autumn leaves from paper mache and decorate in bright seasonal style.
- Thin cardboard (Lucy used a recycled cereal box.)
- Silk or real fall leaf
- Acrylic craft paint – red, yellow, orange and brown
- Clear acrylic gloss sealer (optional)
- Flat paintbrush
- Choice of clear drying glue
- Twine or thick natural string
- Inexpensive paper towels
- Large mouthed bowl(s)
- Plastic wrap
- Container for mixing
- Trace leaf shape onto thin cardboard and cut out. Trace and cut out as many leave shapes as desired.
- Rip several paper towels into small pieces and set aside.
- Cover mouth on bowl(s) with plastic wrap and set aside. Use one wrapped bowl per leaf.
- In another container, mix 2 parts glue to 1 part water making a thin glue mixture and set aside.
- Glue pieces of twine or string to each cardboard cutout leaf forming veins on one side.
- Dip paper towel pieces in glue mixture and adhere to each cardboard leaf on both sides.
- Set each leaf on a plastic wrapped bowl mouth letting it sag slightly for a concave appearance. Let each leaf set on top of plastic wrap for 24 hrs. or until completely dry.
- Once dry, use flat brush and acrylic paints to basecoat each leaf in a variety of fall colors. Apply as many coats as needed for coverage allowing to dry between coats. If desired, apply a clear acrylic gloss sealer to each finished leaf for a porcelain look.
Crafter’s Note: If doing this project with children make their leaf shape simple with fewer curves so it is easier to work with.
Paper Mache Fall Leaf c/o Country Woman’s featured blogger Lucy of Craftberry Bush.
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Photos by Lucy Akins.