Seasonal decorations are a weakness of mine so when I stumbled upon this DIY leaf bowl I knew I had to make it! This is a fairly easy craft which wasn't overly time consuming. It takes about one hour from start to finish so it is good for anyone with very little extra time who would like to add some autumn flair to their home.
- Fabric leaves
- Liquid fabric stiffener
- Bowl or mold of choice
- Paint brush
- Plastic wrap
I couldn't find loose fabric craft leaves but I did find a bundle meant for a flower arrangement. The leaves easily peel off from the stem so I pulled off as many as I would need.
Next, you need to prepare your bowl by wrapping it with plastic wrap. Cover any surface of the bowl that will be exposed to the leaves as this will allow for a quick clean up and easy removal from the mold. Once your surface is prepared you can start painting the liquid fabric stiffener onto the leaves and applying them to the bowl. Make sure the leaves are fully saturated front and back so that they will dry very stiff.
Not all of the leaves will adhere perfectly. Even with your best efforts some edges will lift. Do not be to concerned when this happens as it will not affect the integrity of the bowl and will only add to the natural organic appeal. Once you are happy with the way it looks let it dry for 24 hours.
After it is completely dry, remove the plastic wrap from the bowl and carefully peel it away from the leaves. What you should be left with is a beautiful autumn bowl.
Word of the Day: Cambric
A lightweight cotton cloth used for lace and needlework.