This summer my boys were doing what they so love to do, climbing a tree. They came to me with a confession: "Mom, we broke the tree." I went outside and sure enough, a branch was bent. We cut it off, and then I saved the smaller branches to make a swag.
First, I pulled the leaves off (I waiting until they dried so it was easier). The I grouped the branches together, taped them together, and covered the tape with patterned paper strips, specifically GCD Studios' Ponderosa from The Great Outdoors and papers from Elementary, My Dear.
Next, I die cut leaves out of more paper from Elementary, My Dear. I cut three leaves from each die: two in different kinds of patterned paper and one piece of cardstock. I used glue dots to adhere the leaves together, applying them with a little pace in between so that I could stitch them together later. After I'd stitched them, I folded the leaves up to make them dimensional:
Next I broke out my hot glue gun, which I used to attach the leaves randomly across the swag. I also used my hot glue to attach a hanger to the back.
My wall is prettier that my door, so that's where this project resides. Here it is:
And a close up:
I tied little bows with linen thread around the swag for a little whimsy.
Thank you for letting me share this project with you--I hope it gives you ideas for using your paper products to add some swag to your house this fall!