I used a branch from a bunch-of-sticks-used-as-decoration in my house. Some of the leaves were torn and some were cut from my paper stash, and my husband donated the fishing line. Yes, this means the project was 100% free...my favorite kind!
I started by making a rough template of a leaf to follow when cutting or tearing the shapes. I did my best to gather a variety of textures, weights, and colors of paper.
When I had a decent stack of leaves to work with, I set the stick on the ground and arranged the leaves until I had a design I liked. I knew I wanted to have the leaves hang at various lengths, so I kept that in mind as I worked. Once I was pleased with the layout, I used my tiniest hole-punch to make holes for the fishing line. Each leaf got holes near both tips, with the exception being the last leaf in each column, which only got one hole. Next, I cut fishing line to the correct lengths, leaving an extra few inches for knotting and trimming.
I began by threading the bottom leaf (with only one hole) onto the line and securing it with a knot. I was careful not to tear through the leaf. Next, I thread the line through the holes of the remaining leaves on that column. I did not secure each leaf with knots. I found that if I bent them a bit, they stayed put on the fishing line without knots.
I love the way the piece looks on the wall, and I love the dimension of all the textures of the different leaves. Not bad for free artwork, right?
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