I’m so excited about how my thankful tree turned out! You can make this in under 30 minutes and it will add a beautiful touch to your space.
When we first moved into our home, I added an antique table to the entryway that I found at Goodwill for just a few dollars. I decorated it with a large vase and branches from the Japanese maple tree in our front yard that we had just pruned. I had learned how to make crystal droplets at a crafting party earlier that year and decided to add some of these to my branches to add a bit of flair and fun to the entryway. I have loved this little space in my house so much! Sometimes it’s the littlest touches that speak loudly in your home.
Now that it’s Fall, I couldn’t wait to add a bit of Autumn touches all throughout our home. We finally finished putting in our hardwood floors downstairs and I cleaned all the dust (so much dust!!!!!). Really, I can say that I have not deep cleaned like that in a REALLY long time. But, that gave me even more motivation to start decorating. Here is the “after” of our new floors! EEK…..so exciting!
Since I’m totally a Pinterest addict (yes, I admit it!), I started looking there for ideas first. I saw so many great autumn leaf tutorials on there but I decided that I wanted to make my own oak leaf printable for this. I’m really excited about how these turned out and I’ve decided to make the printable available to you here. This project is simple to do. I printed my oak leaf template on white cardstock paper. Then I added a fun twist to create a beautiful and warm effect. I used a small paintbrush, a glass bowl, water and DecoArt Dazzling Metallics Rich Espresso (I think any metallic fall color will work though).
I added a few drops of paint and water and mixed well. Adding water to the metallic paint will create a shimmery watercolor effect. Using my paintbrush, I painted over each leaf quickly, making sure to cover the entire leaf including the stem.
I wiped the leaf with a paper towel to remove any excess paint and then repeated this step for each leaf. You will notice that each leaf is a slightly different shade which is wonderful!
Once the leaves were dry, I cut them all out and gave a quick coat of paint to the backside of each leaf. Voila, I had all the leaves that I needed to create a beautiful thankful tree.
Using baker’s twine, I tied each leaf to the branches in my entryway and secured with a small bow.
This is a close up of the unique lamp that we added to our space. I fell in love with lamp that I found at Goodwill last year. It was really, really ugly at the time but the bones were good. Someone had created a lamp out of an old GE watt meter and it actually told you the wattage that you used when the lamp was turned on. I brought the lamp home and cleaned it thoroughly. I found the perfect new shade and finial to update this piece. Now it is a gorgeous addition to our entryway.
And of course, my handknit pumpkin found it’s perfect spot on our newly decorated table! Did I mention that I love Fall and pumpkins???!!!!
I absolutely adore this little nook under the steps in our entryway!