It’s Autumn. Rain, blustery winds, grey skies, trees losing their leaves. The odd sunny day then draws me outside to soak up some fresh air and take in all the wonderful colours. It was on such a day that I went for a long walk and started thinking that all these leaves on the ground seemed to go to waste. I mean, they lie there and then rot away, so surely it would only be appropriate to use them in a creative way.
What colours spring to mind at this time of the year? Well, one of them for me is gold. Gold is the colour of autumn along with deep reds, burnished orange and warm browns… Anyway, I decided to collect a stack of leaves and put them to good use. Something that would bring a lovely bit of glitz to the home but still have a natural feel to it.
This is how I came up with this “gold leaf mirror frame”. It’s not very hard to make, so if you’d like to add an autumnal and elegant accessory to your home, why not give this one a go?
The whole project will take around one hour, plus an afternoon for a walk, drying time and overnight flattening time!
here's what you'll need...
- A stack of leaves collected on a nature walk
- A mirror – one that’s already designed for hanging up
- PVA glue
- Gold spray
- A large piece of craft card – around 7-8cm larger than the mirror
- A cutting mat
- A craft knife
- A pencil
- A ruler
- Old newspaper to protect surfaces when applying the spray (not shown)
- Books or magazines to weight down the frame over night (not shown)