I made three of these felt leaf garlands for Emmet's birthday party and I absolutely loved them! I fell in love with leaf garlands last August at my friend Erin's wedding. She had leaf garlands made for the centerpieces on all of her reception tables and they were absolutely gorgeous. So, I thought it might be fun to do a whimsical nod to them for a child's birthday party, PLUS they would look super cute hanging up in a nursery or child's room. They were so easy to make and didn't cost very much at all! Read more below.
To make these I cut my felt sheets into 20 equal sized pieces (approximately 2x4 inches each). This allowed me to cut out many leafs at once AND make the most of my felt sheet. I then cut four pieces at a time into football or leaf shaped pieces until all of my leaves were cut. How many pieces you cut will depend on how long you want your garland and how close or far apart you want your leaves to be. I cut out approximately three sheets for a 5 foot garland.
I then cut my waxed craft cord to the length I wanted (I cut ours 5 feet long) and began gluing on my leaves. I used hot glue so that leaves would be secure. To glue, simply apply hot glue to one end of the leaf and fold the leaf in half around the waxed craft cord starting on one end. Then repeat with more leaves placing them a half inch or so behind the first until the entire cord is covered.
I used ours as a garland behind Emmet's high chair and behind the food table at his birthday party. Plus it made a really cute table runner surrounded by the party animals, made here. They would look so cute hanging up over a dresser or a crib in a nursery or hanging from the top bunk of a set of bunk beds!