1. Trace leaf shape onto thin cardboard and cut out. Trace and cut out as many leave shapes as desired.
  2. Rip several paper towels into small pieces and set aside.
  3. Cover mouth on bowl(s) with plastic wrap and set aside. Use one wrapped bowl per leaf.
  4. In another container, mix 2 parts glue to 1 part water making a thin glue mixture and set aside.
  5. Glue pieces of twine or string to each cardboard cutout leaf forming veins on one side.
  6. Dip paper towel pieces in glue mixture and adhere to each cardboard leaf on both sides.
  7. Set each leaf on a plastic wrapped bowl mouth letting it sag slightly for a concave appearance. Let each leaf set on top of plastic wrap for 24 hrs. or until completely dry.
  8. Once dry, use flat brush and acrylic paints to basecoat each leaf in a variety of fall colors. Apply as many coats as needed for coverage allowing to dry between coats. If desired, apply a clear acrylic gloss sealer to each finished leaf for a porcelain look.

Crafter’s Note: If doing this project with children make their leaf shape simple with fewer curves so it is easier to work with.

Paper Mache Fall Leaf c/o Country Woman’s featured blogger Lucy of Craftberry Bush.

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Photos by Lucy Akins.