Easy to Make Fall Mantel Banner Using Leaves

As the cooler weather begins to turn the fall leaves to brilliant shades of red, orange, and gold, it’s time to infuse your home with the cozy charm of the fall season. One great way to do this is by creating a Fall Mantel Banner using leaves from your own backyard or from your local craft store. 

In this blog post, we’ll show you just how easy it is to craft a beautiful seasonal banner that will instantly transform your fireplace mantel into a warm and inviting autumn haven.

Today is our monthly Handcrafted Society post. This month’s theme is all about leaves. I’m delighted to be in the company of so many talented bloggers and creators. It’s an honor for me to be included and part of this group. Be sure to check out all of their blogs at the end of this post for tons of great Fall ideas for your home decor.  

If you have come over from Nicole at Our Tiny Nest Blog, welcome! Doesn’t her pie crust leaf cookies and apple dip look amazing? I’m drooling over those cookies!

fall mantel banner on fireplace with candles on top of shelf
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Fall is the perfect season to bring with it a natural abundance of colorful leaves, making it the perfect time for DIY projects that embrace the beauty of natural elements and brilliant fall colors.  

If you’re looking for a creative way to spruce up your home decor this Fall, you’re in the right place! Let’s get started!

fall faux leaves on table with canvas banner and sheet music

The crisp air, pumpkin spice lattes, and the breathtaking transformation of leaves – there’s something undeniably magical about Fall colors.

As a matter of fact, growing up each Fall my mom would exclaim with an abundance of joy and enthusiasm, ‘Look all around, God is painting us a beautiful picture with his paintbrush’! It’s the time of year when nature itself becomes a masterpiece of art. 

I’ve never forgotten her words and find myself saying this to my husband and children.

How do you make a fall leaf garland?

Creating a fall leaf banner is a fantastic way to bring the beauty of autumn into your home decor. Here are some tips to help you make a stunning fall leaf banner:

Gather Your Supplies to make a fall leaf banner using leaves

One of the things I love about this particular project is that it takes very little time. It also needs a pretty basic list of supplies.

Here is a list of craft supplies you will need:

Instructions to make Fall Leaf Mantle Banner

I’ve outlined a list of easy instructions to get you started. Follow these ten easy steps to create this charming mantel leaf banner.

Step One

  • Begin by collecting the necessary supplies, including fall leaves (real or artificial), string or twine, canvas banner with grommets, Mod Podge, paintbrush, scissors, acrylic paint pens (optional), sheet music, and any other optional embellishments you’d like to add.

Step Two: Choose Your Leaves

  • Decide whether you want to use real leaves or artificial ones. Real leaves can provide an authentic touch but may not last as long. Artificial leaves come in various colors and are more durable. I used faux leaves like this with a sticky backing on them.
  • Feel free to alter the color scheme of the leaves to match the decor in your home. Wouldn’t different colors look great on this sweet banner? I can picture using blue and white leaves or with neutral tones of brown and tan. With the leaf theme, your banner will surely welcome fall into your home, no matter what colors you choose.
  • If possible, use a flat surface or cutting mat to work on.
canvas banner pieces on table with leaves being placed on the top of them

Step Three: Prepare your canvas banner

  • For the best results, lay out your banner with the design of the leaves you’d like to use before you begin on each piece of canvas. This is very helpful to visually see how each small banner section will look when your finished banner is completed.
  • I moved them around a little bit until I found the look I liked. I add two or three leaves together on a few of the burlap pennants. With the larger leaves, I used only one per piece.
  • If using real leaves, you will want to press them between heavy books for a few days to flatten and preserve them. Coat the leaves with a clear acrylic sealer to prevent them from drying out and crumbling.

Step Four: Time to Trace Your Leaves

Step four is to trace your leaves on your sheet music. I love any time I get to add music to my decor. Whether it be an actual instrument or pieces of sheet music, it’s so much fun to add creative ideas to your projects that make them unique to your home.

Be sure to trace the leaves larger than the actual leaf in order to have the sheet music appear behind the sticker leaf we are going to add in a moment.

It’s okay if the leaves are not a perfect cut. This will give your banner a unique look.

Step Five: Cut out the Traced Leaf Pieces

  • Now that you have the leaves traced on the sheet music, it’s time to cut them out.
single leaf on top of cut out music sheet in shape of leaf

Step Six: Attach the Leaves to the Canvas

  • Use the Mod Podge to adhere to the cutout sheet music leaf first. Gently paint a small coat of the adhesive glue and press lightly onto the canvas banner.
mod podge being added to back of paper leaf and canvas banner piece

Step Seven: Remove Sticker Backing

  • Then, remove the sticker backing from the sticker leaf and place it on top of the paper cut-out leaf.
  • Staggering the tops of the leaves behind each other gives each leaf a layered look and an added dimension.
peeling the back of paper leaf to adhere to top of another paper leaf

I used this set from Michael’s although if you don’t have a store near you, you can get this set delivered in a day or two.

adhering sticky paper leaf to top of the music paper leaf then the canvas banner piece

Experiment with Leaf Placement

Experiment with leaf placement and colors to create an appealing design. You can alternate leaf types or create patterns to make your banner more visually interesting.

several banner pieces with leaves being placed on top of them to be glued

Step Eight: Add Embellishments (Optional)

I thought about using different glitter colors to add a pop to my fall banner. Instead, I opted to use a gold paint pen to outline the leaves. It was an easy way to add visual interest and depth to the canvas.

  • To enhance your fall leaf banner, consider adding embellishments. To add more dimension to your banner leaves, paint a gold outline around each of the leaves.

This step is optional but I really like how it gives this DIY project just the right additional touch.

placing leaves on top of canvas banner with mod podge
  • Lastly, add gold paint to the ‘veins’ of the leaf for a finished look.
outlining the vein of leaves with a gold marker

Hanging your banner: Step Nine

It’s time to hang your banner. I chose to hang my banner on my mantel. The banner would also look great hanging across a farmhouse hutch.

Space the leaves evenly

To maintain a balanced look, space the leaves evenly along the string or jute twine. This ensures that your banner looks well-organized and visually appealing.

  • To hang your fall leaf banner, you can use removable hooks or adhesive tape without causing any damage to the rest of the mantel.

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weaving the jute string thru the banner grommets

Step back and admire: Step Ten

Step back and admire your latest creation. Your homemade fall leaf banner adds a beautiful touch of autumnal charm and cozy ambiance to your space.

All that is left to do in your home is incorporate cozy blankets, a few more fall decorations, fall stems, and some throw pillows. These additions can truly transform your living space for the autumn season.

Crafting a simple fall mantel banner is a great project that effortlessly ties these elements together, adding a touch of warmth and seasonal charm to your home. So, cozy up and enjoy your haven of fall-inspired delight!

Fall mantel banner with leaves hung from a mantel

Creating a fall leaf banner allows for personalization and creativity, so don’t hesitate to make it your own. Whether you choose real or artificial leaves, your banner will be a beautiful addition to your fall decor.

​What can I make out of leaves?

Here is a list of five things you can make out of leaves for your home decor.

  • Leaf Garland: String together a colorful assortment of fall leaves to create a stunning leaf garland that can be draped along mantels, staircases, or across windows for a festive touch.
  • Leaf Wreath: Craft a beautiful leaf wreath by attaching leaves to a circular frame. You can add some pinecones, acorns, or small faux pumpkins for extra flair.
  • Leaf Candle Holders: Decorate glass candle holders with pressed leaves, securing them with Mod Podge or clear tape. When you place a candle inside, the warm glow will accentuate the natural beauty of the leaves.
  • Leaf Centerpieces: Place a cluster of vibrant fall leaves in a decorative vase or mason jar, and you have an elegant yet simple autumn centerpiece for your dining table or sideboard.
  • Leaf Place Cards: Personalize your fall table setting by writing guests’ names on large, dried leaves and using them as place cards. It’s a charming way to add a rustic touch to your Thanksgiving or autumn gatherings.
fall mantel banner on fireplace with candles on top of shelf

Now it’s time to head over to Amy from Amy Sadler Designs. Wait until you see her copper leaf bowl diy blog post. You are going to fall in love with her and her creativity! It’s next level.

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Fun fall decor ideas for home

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  1. This fall leaf garland is beautiful, Susan! I love the colors of the leaves and the musical leaves in the background. Such a creative addition to your gorgeous mantel! I’m so glad you have joined the Handcrafted Society!

    1. Thank you Missy. I’m happy to join all these talented ladies.

    1. Thank you Michelle. I’m so pleased to join such a talented group of ladies.

  2. Susan this is so pretty! I love the addition of the sheet music, it adds a little extra whimsy!

    1. Thank you Jennifer. Happy to join such a talented group of ladies.

  3. Such a fun project, Susan. I love the addition of the music paper. So glad you could join us.

    1. Thank you Wendy. Such a fun and talented group that I am thrilled to join.

  4. Susan, love your colorful banner and the gold details! So glad you are part of the Handcrafted Society.

  5. Okay…trying again this week with this one! HUGS!! Chloe

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