Make Stunning Art for Fall on a Budget

5 Materials
1 Hour
Grab a canvas; old or new, some colourful leaves and you can make some beautiful new art perfect to bring the outdoors in for Fall.
I like decorating for the seasons... especially Fall.  Changing things up every season not only brings a new energy into my space but excites me to bring the outdoors in. As much as I like decorating for each season, I don't want to spend a ton.  I always try to come up with some new art that doesn't cost much and reuses as many materials as possible.
This is a perfect project to add a little rustic decor for next to nothing... especially if you have an old canvas that you can reuse. Start by collecting some colour maple leaves or you can use some fake ones if real ones are not available in your area. To get the leaves ready, lay them out between two pieces of wax paper. Be sure to lay them exactly how you want them to be once dried.  
Use an iron on the hottest setting and iron the leaves for several minutes on each side. Be sure to cover the wax paper with a plain sheet of paper before ironing or you will get melted wax on your iron!  Once the leaves are cool, peel them off and you have a collection of nice crisp Fall leaves. Be gentle with them as they will break easily once they are pressed. 
Next, lay out the leaves in the general area you want them on the canvas and draw in the branches with a pencil.  
Once I had the branches drawn and leaves arranged, paint them over with a dark chocolate-brown paint.  
To attach the leaves, spray each with a spray adhesive, allow it to sit for a minute and then stick it to the canvas. 
To finish the piece, add a little dictionary type description to the corner.   Lay the description over some graphite paper and trace over the letters.  This will allow you to transfer them onto the canvas so you can paint them.  
Paint over the words using the same brown paint that was used on the branches.  
This DIY Fall art is so easy to make that even someone who doesn't fancy themselves an artist can do it!  And the best part?  You can recycle an old canvas, collect some leaves from your yard and for next to nothing have something new for Autumn.  
Check out these other easy, rustic Fall projects to get your home ready for Fall...

To see more pictures and detailed directions, pop over to the original Recreated Designs post...

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Suggested materials:
  • Canvas   (craft store or Amazon)
  • Brown Paint   (craft store or Amazon)
  • Leaves   (outside)
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Recreated Designs
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  • 861650 861650 on Oct 05, 2017
    You said to use the hottest setting on an iron. Do you use steam or a dry iron?

  • Julie Julie on Oct 06, 2017
    This is a great idea. My sister lives in AZ. and would love this in her home. How long will this last? I would love to give her a little bit of fall color from Co.

  • Sandy Sandy on Oct 15, 2017
    Can you use this system for magnolia leaves?

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