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.