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Dollar Store Autumn Leaf Decor

My friend Bre is visiting today with a super simple (and super cheap) upcycle! If you're looking for a quick way to add a touch of Fall to your home, you will love this project!

Hello, diy beautify readers! I'm Bre and I blog at Average But Inspired, where I share creative (and budget-friendly!) crafts, furniture makeovers, and home decor ideas. I am so excited to be guest posting for Cindy while she's busy getting ready to move into her new home. Since she and I share a love for simple and inexpensive home decor, I knew that this Dollar Store Autumn Leaf Decor project would be the perfect one to share with you! With a few simple supplies and about fifteen minutes, you can make one, too!

Autumn Leaf Decor

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dollar store leaf decor upcycleThis is what I started with. This little leaf wasn't awful, but the art on the front wasn't exactly my style. I was kind of digging the burlap and raffia bow, though, so I figured I could make the $1 investment. I found this particular leaf at Dollar Tree (one of my favorite shopping spots!).

Fall decor from the dollar store

I started the transformation process by removing the raffia bow and taking the top layer off of the leaf. It was hot glued onto the burlap part, so it came off with no problem! Then I traced the shape of the leaf onto the back of a piece of scrapbook paper.

trace the leaf onto colorful paper

Next, I used spray adhesive to glue the scrapbook paper to the leaf. (Please ignore the mess in the background. That's my kids' fault..it's always their fault.)
  glue the paper to the leaf shape

I fired up the old hot glue gun and adhered the leaves to one another. And then I grabbed one of my kids' glitter glue sticks and outlined my little leaf with some fun gold flecks.

glue the two leaves together and outline with glitter glue

Next, I tied a bow with some cute gingham ribbon I found in the Christmas section at Michaels (oh yes, it's out already), added a little wooden tag, and some faux maple leaves. I also gave the maple leaves a little of that glitter glue attention.

make a bow

I attached the bow to the leaf with hot glue, and hung it up!
  Fall leaf decor

For a little something extra, I attached a piece of velcro to it and mounted it onto a backboard that I used for my Interchangeable Early Fall Wreath.

Fall leaf decor

I feel like the original dollar store leaf decoration is thankful that I gave it this makeover. It's no longer at risk of being on What Not To Wear - phew.

Thanks so very much for reading my guest post! If you like what you saw and are interested in following along with me for other crafts and home decor projects, please connect with me at the blog or on Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram.

 Bre Eggert | Average But Inspired


Thanks so much to Bre for this cute, quick craft! I recently spotted this very same decoration in the Dollar Tree and passed it by. All it needed was a little extra attention! Make sure you visit Bre and give her some love...she has some great ideas on her site!

In other news: We are closing on our home early next week and have all our fingers and toes crossed that the movers will arrive next weekend (they give you a window of time that they could show up). I wish they could be more accurate because we're all eager to move in! However, I'm just glad that it's finally here.

Have a blessed weekend.

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5 comments:

  1. Great makeover and I like the finished project. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. You're welcome! It's been fun to have blogger friends share some of their projects!

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  2. Good luck on your move. I hope it goes smoothly and you can jump into the fun if making it your own.

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    1. Aw, thanks so much Ann! I can't wait to get in and starting nesting :)

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  3. Yeah best wishes! I always admire your work.

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