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Autumn Leaf Bunting

Now I have an area of the house that really feels like home, I have become so. so house-proud. I’m doing all the things I’ve always wanted to – displaying knick-knacks, plants and flowers dotted about, relaxing and just smiling at my surroundings – and it’s lovely.
And for some reason, it’s even better at this time of year. Autumn and Winter are for snuggling up together, and warming up after getting some of that crisp, fresh air. 
On Saturday, it was a Mama and Bill Day as Mark was watching the match in Preston. I wanted to do something fun with him, and for some reason, a glittery string of leaves seemed like a good idea.
First we went on a leaf hunt, after a shop to get some essential supplies at this time of year – pumpkins, munchkins, chocolate and maybe some gin for Mama as it was Saturday and she deserved a treat. 

Picking leaves was just so much fun for this little guy. He loved coming to me and telling me the shapes and the colours. And was so excited when he found one that we could add to our plastic bag-full.

Back at home, after making sure the leaves were dry and we had our aprons on, we got to work.

All we needed was:

  • Leaves
  • Gold and silver glitter
  • Glue
  • Needle and thread

It was as simple as taking a leaf, splodging it with glue, and then pouring glitter over the top. The nicest thing was that it didn’t need to be perfect or between the lines. It was perfect because we did it together, and glitter looks pretty however you choose to display it.

We left them to dry for a little while, while William watched Curious George, and then I set to work threading them on to some very fine white thread with a needle.

I chose to thread the leaves upside down, with the stem at the top, but you can thread them however you like. Just make sure you have a fine thread, a) because it doesn’t show as much so the leaves look as though they are floating, and b) it’s much more easy to thread without breaking your glittery leaves.

We hung ours over our fireplace, adding to our Autumnal theme. William was so proud of them and I absolutely loved watching the sunlight catch them on Sunday morning as I sipped my coffee.

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    T
    20th October 2014 at 12:10 pm

    This is a really lovely idea – Definitely one that H and I will be trying this half term!
    And I do love a bit of glitter!

    Tess x

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    Alex Bumptobaby
    21st October 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Love this idea. We are decorating our fireplace too with autumn nature finds and a bit of halloween in there too! 🙂 x

    Alex | http://www.bump-to-baby.com

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    Sonia Constant
    22nd October 2014 at 12:10 pm

    This is an amazing idea. I love it. I might pinch it too 🙂 x

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    Jenny Ripatti-Taylor
    26th October 2014 at 8:14 am

    Absolutely love your fireplace its heavenly!!! These are so fun and what a creative great project with your little one. Love it.

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    Lulu Ewing
    26th October 2014 at 10:39 pm

    Everything looks amazing! x

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