Dictionary Leaves (leevz) n. – DIY Autumn Leaves
I am so excited for the first day of autumn next week which is my personal favorite season. I love the crispness of the air and everything smells so clean and fresh. The beautiful rich brown, amber, gold and red tones of autumn inspire me. This is probably why it is my favorite time to decorate and create for the upcoming holidays. As some of you may already know, I really enjoy reusing household items to make some of my creations. Not only do I save money on supplies but I can make such interesting things out of ordinary items like these Dictionary Leaves. They are easy to make and can be used in so many ways to decorate for the season. I love transforming old books into autumn leaves.
Here is a video I made showing how to create my DIY Autumn Paper leaves!
I upload new DIY videos every week!
- Dylusions Ink Spay
- Old Books
- Rubber Gloves
- Spay Bottle Filled with Water
Another option for spay ink is to add food coloring to a small spay bottle to make the ink.
I went outside to gather some leaves.
I traced some of the perfect leaf shapes on card stock to create my leaf template.
I tore out some pages from an old dictionary and cut out leaves from my template. I stacked about five or six pages together so I could make a lot at one time.
I put on rubber gloves because the ink will stain your hands, laid the leaves down on a paper plate, sprayed them with water and then began with the colors. You don’t need to spray much because it goes a long way. You can rub the leaves together to meld the colors. Spread them out and let dry.
After the leaves have dried, you can use a pencil to curl the edges to simulate the shape of real leaves.
Real leaves and…
My dictionary leaves. I think I like my version better. They really came out beautiful. I am going to spread them around my Thanksgiving table to add a festive touch and also serve as a conversation piece. Maybe everyone will learn a few new words while they are gobbling down the turkey.