Leaf installation part 2

I’m thrilled to say that I finished my leaf Installation and I’m so happy with how it turned out. You know how sometimes you have this vision for an art project and then when you actually do it, you feel let down because it didn’t match what was in your head?! I’m seriously happy that was not the case this time given I invited you all to join in and do this with me.

In my last post I left off with my waxed leaves and a stick. Now we assemble! So to start off you will need to find some string, I just used some thin brown and cream striped string than Angie gave me a while back (thanks Angie). Now clear out a large space on your floor and lay out your stick and then your leaves. After you have them looking the way you want to, start tying the strings to your leaves, careful not to mess with their placement too much, and then tie them to the stick. After you have tied, oh say 50 plus leaves and your back is throbbing, it’s time to find some eye screws. I just used some that I found in my picture hanging kit, but a small ceiling hook could work well too.

Hanging the art piece up is a two person job. First install the screws in your ceiling, then cute some string at the desired height level of your display. I eyeballed it and it was fine. Then have your helper hold the leaf bearing stick up to your strings and tie them on. Easy peasy!!

I hope you give this a whirl! There are still fall leaves out there, and it’s not too late to start. The way I will transition this into winter display is spray paint it some metallic color and voila’ winter is here. The other great thing about this project is that when you are done, you can just throw it out and it will decompose nicely (minus the spray paint). So low on the guild spectrum for sure.

I also used the a few of the leaves to update my front porch display and I love how it turned out too. Now I’m just rubbing my hands together wondering what else I can dip and wax and dangle around my house. Please share your ideas if you have any! I know the picture is tight but I duct taped the strings of the leaves to the back of my 1930’s window pane, and leaned it up on the corner of my porch. You can find old windows (warning don’t let your children lick them because they are guaranteed to have lead paint), at the Re-store for 5.00 per pane.


Oh also I have to attach a picture of the squirrel that was watching me and “hanging” out while I completed my project. Give that squirrel all the bird seed it wants: it earned it!

On that note, I hope you have a lovely Monday.

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Alyson Ross-Markley - October 29, 2012 - 11:04 am

WOW!!!!! This is awesome. LOVE you choice of location… boy does this bring back memories!

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