Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Easy and Free Twig Leaf [Celebrating Fall, Day 2]

Today I have an easy (and free!) d├ęcor hack for you. I've been seeing a twig leaf around Pinterest that is apparently from Joann's. I'm sure you've seen it. This one here.

As soon as I saw it, I thought to myself what many of you crafters out there probably think … "I can make that!"

Here's my version:
how to make a Joanns-inspired twig leaf

Gather a bunch of sticks about the width of a pencil or smaller. Don't worry too much about length because you can always break them into the lengths you need.

Before you begin, I would advise you to protect your table with paper or a silicone mat. If you're like me, you might make a mess with hot glue.

Set out the sticks into a shape of a leaf. Take some time and play around until you're happy with it. When you're sure you like what you have, begin hot gluing each piece together. You only need a small bead for each joint. It may seem like it won't hold together at first, but have a little faith. After the glue has cooled and set, it'll stay.

twig leaf outline

Next, add in the interior sticks-- this is more to your preference. The Joann's version had more interior sticks and I liked mine with less. I would advise you at least add an interior stick to each intersection of the leaf outline.

When you're happy with it, let it cool for a bit, and then give it a little wiggle to see how secure it is. Mine was good to go, but if anything is loose, you'll have to add a touch more glue.

twig leaf

I hung mine on a bare, lonesome wall for now. I'm thinking of making two more with slightly different shapes, so I can have a triptych of twig leaves.

How's that for a free project? :)

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