Make this gorgeous watercolor paper leaf and branch mobile with just a few sheets of paper and about an hour’s time! A stunning fall home decor craft to welcome the autumn season!
One of my favorite things about fall is all of the beautiful colored leaves, but in our neighborhood, most of the leaves just turn a boring shade of dull brown. The boys and I decided to take matters into our own hands and make some colorful leaves of our own. We used watercolor paints to turn everyday paper into a gorgeous watercolor leaf and branch mobile that showcases all of the gorgeous colors of autumn.
How to Make a Watercolor Paper Leaf & Branch Mobile:
We started by creating lots and lots of watercolor paintings in a fall palette.
Our very favorite watercolors are the Colorations Liquid Watercolors because they’re super vibrant (they’re even slightly diluted here!).
My boys have been dying to get their hands on my Sizzix Big Shot machine ever since I used it to create a felt star banner for Simon’s superhero birthday party last month. The machine is actually really simple to use, so it’s safe for children (with adult supervision, of course!).
We cut our watercolor paintings into quarters, and then used the Big Shot machine with the Tim Holtz Layered Leaf Bigz Die and Embossing Folder to cut out a bunch of leaves.
Once the leaves have been cut out, it’s time to use the embossing folder to create the texture. Just place the leaf into the embossing folder, crank through the Big Shot machine, and you’re done! SO simple!
It took no time at all to create this entire stack of gorgeous watercolor leaves (okay, maybe about 15 minutes)!
Isn’t that texture incredible?!
I decided to turn the leaves into a mobile, so I grabbed a branch from our yard and some thread that is the same color as our wall. I simply tied the string to the stem of the leaf, and then tied the other end to the branch. Easy peasy!
Start by creating one row of leaves and then layering additional rows to create depth and movement.
I seriously can’t get enough of these! They’re stunning!
All-in-all, it only took about an hour’s worth of work and six sheets of paper to create this entire watercolor leaf and branch mobile, and I love the way it turned out! I can’t wait to add some more of our fall treasures to turn this desktop area into our fall nature table!
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Ummm yes please… I would like to purchase the Big Shot Machine just for this project! No joke! I would do it EVERY year for the next however many i am alive! I think I know I love the autumn leaves more than the kids!
Lisa Mecham says
I LOVE this idea! I’m a DIY blogger too. Nice to “meet” you. I actually just put together a few of my favorite fall decor DIYs post and featured them together on my blog. This awesome DIY is one of them! Have a look and share it if you’d like. 🙂
Kathy Ann Ornellas says
How do you get the branch (stick) to stay on the wall…or do you also attach it to the ceiling….it is beautiful!!!
It is resting upon two tiny nails in the wall, one at either end 🙂
Eden Passante says
Such a genius craft to do with the kids!! I love how beautiful and dainty this is, one of my favorite DIY’s I’ve seen so far!
I love this diy. I edit a bi-monthly paper mailer we send out to our patients and it includes fun stuff, not just dental related. I would love to feature this photo in there. I will definitely have a link straight to this blog! Please contact me if you have any other questions. Thank You.
I loved this DIY so much that I featured it in a recent blog post! You can find it here
Wow! I love, love, love this project. I pinned it and shared it with my google+ craft tutorial community. Thanks for the inspiration.
Lindsay @ Frenchie says
I had no idea this was your project and I always loved it! Awesome job and I love those dies!
Hi, like it a lot! how did you attach the branch to the wall? thanks!
Hi Beth! The branch is sitting on top of two nails that I hammered into the wall. 🙂
MrsMajorHoff (Sara) says
So pretty! I love these!
Steph @ Crafting in the Rain says
So lovely–and it’s great how you got the kids involved too!
Wow, this project is AMAZING! I have never heard of a Big Shot machine before – at first glance those leaves look real! The colors and overall look are fab 🙂
laura londergan says
so yeah, this is seriously one of the coolest projects I have seen in a long time! FAB-U-LOUS! I am so loving it!!!!
This is brilliant! I love that the kids painted and the overall results are awesome.
This is just stunning! I love everything about it SO much.
lisa at mabey she made it says
I love this! Watercolor is one of my favorites
Love your leaf mobile and such a great idea making a mobile. I have got to get that die, I have a Big Shot. Think it’s so great your boys help you and like to craft. Wonderful for them and you. Nice to have help cutting out all those leaves and water coloring the papers first is brilliant to have the colors put on at random, much more realistic looking. So enjoyed this idea and post. Pinning Happy Fall
This is such a fun idea! I love the texture on the leaves, they are gorgeous!
Rebecca | LettersFromSunnybrook.com says
What a beautiful project! I really like the embossing effect and the subtlety of the colors. Great job! pinning 🙂