- Colorful leaves
- Book pages
- Hole punch
- Paper raffia ribbon
- Scrapbook paper
- Letter stencils (optional)
- Black cardstock
- Clothespins (one per letter)
- Double-sided tape
Step One: Gather one or two dozen colorful leaves from your back and front yard. Choose varying shapes and colors. Be sure to prep and clean the leaves before you begin crafting, and set them aside to dry.
Step Two: Trace the leaves onto a book page and cut them out. Tracing doesn't have to be perfect -- use the shapes of your leaves as inspiration. To save time, you can typically cut three of four at once with sharp scissors. We cut out about 15 leaves for this banner.
Step Three: Fold each book page leaf in the center. This will help add depth and dimension to your banner.
Step Four: Using a hole punch, create a hole in each leaf and book page leaf. Consider punching them in different areas like the top, bottom and sides. This will allow all the leave to hang differently, giving your banner a whimsical effect.
Step Five: String the leaves onto your paper raffia ribbon in alternating colors and textures, while also alternating leaves and book page leaves.
Step Six: To make the letters, we used small book pages, stencils and a pencil. You can also free-hand the word and use other materials such as markers or paint. Pre-made letters are also available at any craft store.
Step Seven: After the letters are stenciled on, layer them onto the back card stock using double sided tape to create a border.
Step Eight: Use clothespins to attach the letters onto your leaf banner.
You can use your banner to adorn your fireplace mantel or hang in a doorway or window. Consider stenciling other words like "Autumn," "Give Thanks" or "Welcome" to adorn your front door. A simple DIY banner like this is a great way to bring the warmth and beauty of the outdoors into your home.