How To Make a Sugar Leaf Garland

In my last post HERE I shared a little Thanksgiving Vignette that I put together.
As promised, today I'm going to share how I made my 
Sugar Leaf Garland.

I had heard that if you spray leaves with a clear spray paint it would preserve them and keep them looking freshly fallen. So I gave it a try. I first gathered up some pretty leaves.

I laid my leaves out and sprayed them with the clear spray paint.  I then sprinkled some white sugar onto them to give them a frosted look.

Once the leaves were dried, I hot glued them onto a strand of jute twine.

 And then I hung the twine from the old wooden shelf in our dining room.


It turned out really pretty but unfortunately it didn't last long. The leaves are now starting to dry out and crumble. The clear spray paint did not preserve them as well as I had hoped.   Has anyone tried this before, or have any tips?

So if you try this craft, just know that it will only last for a week or two.  
Thanks for stopping by,


  1. I just found your blog today! I love your leaves.. I did something similar the other day for my mantle. I went sparkly! ;) Looking forward to following your blog and getting fresh ideas!

  2. Not sure how to preserve the leaves, but your garland looks so pretty! Maybe a spray sealer from the glue aisle at most hobby stores?