Fall is in the air! With every transition between seasons, I like to change my home decor to reflect the special and unique aspects that each season has to offer. Of course the first thing that I think of when I think of fall is changing leaves. September and October are always filled with absolutely gorgeous colors and blooming trees all around our little city of Portland. For this reason, I like to incorporate lots of leaf accents into my fall decor. Here are just a few of my favorite ways to style paper leaves to create stunning fall decor for your home. The trick for each of these is to use metallic text weight papers that will give an elegant shimmer to your projects. I have added links for some of my favorite colors in the Shop this Project section!
Fall Leaf Garland:
A leaf garland is a fantastic way to add some pops of fall colors to your mantel or front door. Crafting a garland is super easy with just a needle and some thread. Use gold thread for an extra metallic accents! Simply fold the leaf stem in half and poke the needle through the paper to string the garland together. Talk about easy fall decor!
Fall Leaf Wreath:
Wreaths easily showcase seasonal offerings in an elegant way, and you can use them for indoor or outdoor fall decor. Use a wreath on your front door to welcome guests as they enter your home, or hang one in your kitchen or dining room to add a cozy, rustic touch. All you need is a wreath form from your local craft store and some hot glue to attach the leaves. You can even add a couple of acorns or pinecones amongst your leaves for added interest.
Fall Leaf Candle Wreaths:
Turn your fall leaves into a mini wreath that you can use to adorn your candles. We found some simple grapevine wreath forms that fit perfectly around our candles. Again, just attach the leaves to the form with some hot glue and you are ready for decoration. Of course, you could also use mini wreaths to hang on your walls as well. And it’s a great option for bringing a little fall decor into your office space!
Fall Leaf Tree Branch:
I particularly love incorporating tree branches into fall decor. You can find tree branches at your local craft store, or you might be able to find a nice one outside! Glue metallic paper leaves to the ends of your branches and arrange them randomly for a quick and beautiful home accent. You can hang this on a wall, or stick the brand into a nice vase. If you are having trouble keeping it steady in a vase, fill the vase with some rice or pebbles to anchor the branch.
Fall Leaf Wine Charms:
If you are hosting a fall gathering, paper leaves are a wonderful option for easy party decor. Punch a hole in the stem, tie some ribbon or twine and your leaves can easily become wine charms. Write your guests’ names on each leaf so that they won’t misplace their glasses! If you want to make your charms a bit smaller than the original design, you can also resize the file before cutting.
Fall Leaf Place Cards:
Similarly to the wine charms, you can use leaves as place cards for a dinner party. Add your guests’ names to the leaves and place one on each place setting to create a seating arrangement. You can style one leaf or multiple leaves for this. I used an organza ribbon to tie around the napkins while also securing the leaves. And now I am in the mood to host my own dinner party 😉
Fall Leaf Gift Tags and Toppers:
The last way that you can use these fall leaves does not necessarily count as fall decor for your home, but it certainly counts as fall decor for your gifts! Create a colorful DIY gift topper and gift tag combo for your seasonal gift exchanges with these papercut leaves. Pair them with a pretty ribbon or baker’s twine for a beautiful presentation.
To use these papercut leaves in your own fall decor, you can find the PDF and SVG files here. I’d love to see how you’re using your fall leaves, so share your photos on Instagram using #DIYDreamingWithLia! Cheers to Fall ~ Lia