Golden leaves.....leaves from grape vines, olive trees, pomegranate trees and fig trees......are the perfect subject for making elegant garlands for Tu B'Shevat!
I actually used these small garlands to wrap around hurricane candle vases for a party last week, and now I'll enjoy them hung just about anywhere thanks to washi tape!
- gold cardboard, or gold contact paper affixed to cardboard
- leaf shapes to trace
- crochet string or yarn
- a tool for scoring, I used the end of a small metal crochet hook
How To: Find some photos of these leaves courtesy of google, print them out, make a template from a cereal box, and trace your leaf outline onto golden cardboard. Cut out, and score leaf vein lines in your cardboard with a dull took or some kind....a ball point pen that's out of ink, etc. and assemble! I couldn't find my hole punch, so I made holes with a large needle.
Also, if you're so inclined, you can crochet your leaves together as I did using a tiny crochet hook, and one strand of metallic gold and one strand of creme crochet string. The crocheted chord adds a little decorative touch that makes the garlands look truly elegant!
And after you've enjoyed them for Tu B'Shevat, pack them away carefully to use as Succah decorations and applaud yourself for getting a head start on your Succah decorations!