Thursday, September 30, 2010

How to Make "Real" Miniature Fall Leaves

A number of customers have come into the shop asking if we carry miniature fall leaves for their miniature gardens. So, I searched and searched and wasn't quite satisfied with what I found.  I decided to make my own. I purchased a tiny leaf punch and set out to find the right material for leaves. I didn't want paper because it would dissolve the minute the leaves came into contact with water. I tried to punch silk but the ends frayed.  Then I got the idea to use real leaves. Success! The punch cut through the leaves like butter! I gathered leaves from all around the Geneva area. They are a bit time consuming so I will have small bags of leaves for sale at the shop for those who would rather have me do the work for them :-)

Here is what I did:

1) Gather leaves of various colors including green

2) punch leaves with a leaf shaped punch

3) Spread out in a drawer or pan to dry. I put them in a drawer so that I could shake them from side to side to get that natural curled edge. Let dry over night.

4) Enjoy!


cherry said...

I adore the miniature leaves! You never cease to amaze me!

Craig said...

Great idea, very cool!

Rachel Rose Saunders said...

This is just more wonderful than anything. I am dazzled.

Bridget said...

Brilliant! Absolutely, utterly brilliant. Your creativity never ceases to amaze me.

The PURE Gardener, Inc. said...

Thank you Bridget. I just had to make them for my small gardens- They needed them. They are real little leaves :-)

Brian K said...

Fantastic..just what I was looking for...I used to cut my own but would love to know thw source of your Miniature Leaf punch? Another way to get that natural leaf texture is to paint a variety of a cetain hue upon tracing paper...Let dry and cut..I mean punch out! Can you give me the name of your punch product or source? Thank you, Brian

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