Jodie and I love decor projects that are 1) easy 2) inexpensive and 3) create a WOW in your space! This decor/craft project checks all three of these boxes! While we created this project with leaves for fall it can be adapted to work for any season simply by replacing the fall leaves with seasonally appropriate decor. We are excited to share this easy, fun DIY wall art project that will transform your decor for fall!
Today we have teamed up with 12 talented bloggers to bring you 12 fun and inspiring Fall DIY and Craft projects! Oh boy! At the bottom of this post you will find a list of all their blogs and links so you can explore all of them! I hope you have time to take a look! Happy Crafting!
- Fall leaves in a variety of colors and shapes, real or faux
- Adhesive to attach leaves. This depends on which you choose, real or faux leaves. Faux leaves – large glue dots; Real leaves – spray adhesive or any lightweight glue
- Adhesive to attach card stock to wall, I used regular scotch tape and kinda liked the way it shows a bit. You can also use double-sided photo squares or removable glue dots (which should be a good choice to not damage paint)
- White or cream card stock, 7″ x 10″ (or any size you want!!) We used 98 lb/ 160 g paper because we wanted it to be sturdy enough to hold up to glue and not wrinkle.
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3 Steps to Create Your Wall Art
Step 1: Collect Your Leaves
Decide if you want to use real or faux leaves. We chose faux because it was a tad early to find awesome leaves. Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, Ben Franklin’s, Joanne’s or your local craft store are all great options. We didn’t find a large selection of individual leaves, so we bought branches and cut them off.
Want to use real leaves and save money? We recommend including as large of a variety as possible to add interest to the overall affect.
Family Fun Activity
Note: Make it a fun family project by creating a scavenger hunt to find awesome leaves! Kids love helping to create something they can be proud to display on the walls of your home. This is a win/win if you’re looking for family fun activities.
Step 2: Determine Your Desired Size
Depending on the size of your space decide how big (how many squares) you want in your wall art grid. We chose to create our grid 5 cards wide by 4 cards tall.
The size was determined by the space where we knew it would hang. We love how easy it is to create any size for any space. That being said, we can picture someone creating this project for an entire wall for a dramatic affect. Think outside the box and let your imagination be your guide!
Step 3: Adhere Your Leaves
Adhere your leaves onto individual pieces of white or cream card stock using your choice of adhesive.
If you are using real leaves try using a spray adhesive for an easy option. You can also try rubber cement or any light-weight glue.
If you are using faux leaves you may find that getting the leaves to stay is your biggest challenge. Spray adhesive was not strong enough to hold. Scrapbooking photo adhesive wasn’t strong enough either. Scrapbook glue dots were the answer. These hold heavy duty items and work well especially with items that aren’t flat but more dimensional. (Use our links above to order the perfect adhesives for this and many other craft projects.)
Step 3: Hang your Wall Art Grid
- Start by making a map on the floor.
- Lay out your cards and create a visual pattern you like.
- Spread out cards with similar leaves and colors to create balance.
- Hanging is surprisingly easy…start with the bottom row center and work out and up.
- Space each card evenly so that the same space exists between each card side to side and top to bottom
- We used a single piece of scotch tape in the center top of each card. Talk about easy!! (Remember how much we like EASY!!) We recommend using double-sided tape or removable glue dots if you are concerned with the tape possibly pulling off paint.
- Note: Whatever adhesive you choose you may want to test on your wall before using on entire grid.
Creative Alternatives for DIY Wall Art
This project can work equally well for all seasons as we can imagine endless options. Here’s a fun list of ideas we started to come up with, but there is no limit. Use your own ideas and get creative!
- Ornaments for Christmas, lightweight, relatively flat real ornaments or pictures
- Wild flowers for spring/summer, real or faux
- Herbs, real, faux, or pictures
- Snowflakes against colored or dark card stock for fun winter inspiration
Options for grid:
- The grid can be any size that suits your space.
- You can create a frame for your grid or use an empty window frame.
- Use an existing mirror and put your grid on top.
- Make a feature wall and cover the entire wall with the grid.
- Your card stock can be any color you desire. Because Jodie’s back wall was dark she chose white, but if your back wall is white you might want to choose colored card stock, unless you place over a mirror or frame it.
- If your wall is white you also might choose to keep your card stock white and have the squares blend in to be more subtle. This would allow the items featured to stand out on their own.
Honestly, this was one of the easiest craft projects we’ve ever attempted! Psych! And we really love how versatile it is. Not only is it easy and inexpensive but it really has a big impact. Small effort – big impact! Now that’s our kind of project! High five Sista!
Have fun with these ideas and make it your own. We can’t wait to hear about how you took our ideas and adapted it fit your own spaces.
Other Fun Fall Crafts
Looking for another fun fall craft? Check out our DIY Vintage Inspired Painted Pumpkins craft project! It’s one of our favorites as well as a follower favorite.
An easy, any-time-of-year great craft project is our Succulent DIY Driftwood Planter project.
We love how all of these projects easily lend themselves to involving the kids and creating fun family togetherness as well.
Julie & Jodie
Welcome to our monthly Creative Blog Hop!
This month it’s all about Fall DIY Projects where you’ll find lots of inspiration to keep you DIYing for months!
Meet your hosts
Tammy @ Hey Fitzy | Janine @ Happy Happy Nester
Sarah @ Twelve On Main | Carolann @ Sassy Townhouse Living
Lynn @ Nourish And Nestle | Leanna @ Faeries and Fauna
Tara @ Lehman Lane | Michelle @ Our Crafty Mom
Sam @ Raggedy Bits | Amanda @ Life on the Bay Bush
Toni @ Small Home Soul | Jodie & Julie @ The Design Twins