If you have followed this blog for a while you might recognize this project. It’s a lot like the valentine garland I hung up last February. It was supposed to come down by March but I liked it so much I let it hang up year round. Which is really just a nice way of saying I was too lazy to take it down, so okay, you got me, my butt is a lazy one. Revelation I think not.
I like this project because 1. It was 100% free, and 2. I can leave it hanging September to November, and even after that it can stay on display in my pantry window or some corner of the house that doesn’t need to look all seasonally fancified.
- 15 Plastic grocery bags (5 will get painted, 10 will remain unpainted)
- latex paint
- electric iron
- parchment paper
- tin foil
- sewing machine (or needle and thread)
To start out, take 15 plastic bags and paint the inside of 5 of them
To fuse the plastic together, sandwich the painted bags in-between the non-painted bags, then sandwich that in between parchment paper. The thickness of the plastic bags will determine the thickness of your leaves. Personally, I like 6 layers of plastic Target bags (=3 target bags total), but you could do this with twice that many if you wanted super thick leaves. Your sewing machine might not like them that thick, but we will get to that in a minute.
Note: If you do not have a sewing machine you could do this by laying your leaves out in a row and laying a glue-drenched piece of cotton string across them. It will take two days to dry, and won’t look as pretty from the back, but who cares?
The sun filters through the layers of paint and plastic in a way that my camera cannot capture. It’s nothing less than spectacular.
Hang them behind a curtain and they make the niftiest shadows.
Let me know if you have any questions. I hope to see these hanging in your window soon!