BURLAP AND BOOK-PAGE LEAF GARLAND-And easy to make garland!

This year’s fall decor is full of neutral colors, white pumpkins and lots of burlap! So I hung a fun and easy-to-make burlap and book-page leaf garland across my mantel! I love how a simple garland can transform a mantel! Just a little twine, burlap, a few pages from an old book and some clothespins are easily fashioned into a garland that will work until Thanksgiving! Want to make one? Here’s how…

NEUTRAL FALL MANTEL-Creating a neutral and white fall mantel celebrating the softer side of Autumn!


Isn’t this just the cutest idea? In full disclosure, this idea is not original to me. I found a garland similar on Pinterest. Make sure you stop by Sondra Lyn At Home and check out her inspiration! Don’t you love to find a DIY project and just know you have to make it? That is exactly how I felt about this project! Thanks so much Sondra Lynn! Here’s Sondra’s leaf garland. So so pretty!


I used Sondra Lyn’s idea and styled it to suit my home. That is exactly what I hope you do too! Don’t you love how one fabulous idea can be interpreted differently? When you make this garland (and I hope you do!) put your own personal stamp on it!

BURLAP AND BOOK-PAGE LEAF GARLAND-And easy to make garland!

So let’s make this really fun, fall-inspired garland…


  • leaf template  
  • burlap
  • old book pages
  • twine
  • clothespins

BURLAP AND BOOK PAGE LEAF GARLAND-instructions 1-4-stonegableblogcom


  1. You can download the template for the leaves HERE.
  2. Using the template cut out burlap leaves from the larger maple and oak leaves. And cut out book page leaves using the smaller maple and oak leaves.  I also cut out printed burlap leaves but ended up not using them.
  3. Use a long length of twine for the garland. Tie the clothespins onto the twine at the neck of the clothespins. I used 5 inch intervals of twine between clothespins.
  4. Pair burlap leaves with their corresponding book page leaves and attach to each clothespin. Because the leaves are too thin for the clothespin to pinch them and hold them, fold a piece of paper behind the leaves and attach. See image.

BURLAP AND BOOK-PAGE LEAF GARLAND-And easy to make garland!

So easy and so many possibilities! I hope you will give this easy and attractive fall garland a try!!!

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  1. I really like the burlap with the book page print! Two of my favs together! I’m gonna give this one a try! The jut an natural wood clothespins just scream FALL! Can’t wait to create this garland, thank for the great idea!
    ~Gin K.~

  2. Love this idea. I just finished decorating for a baby shower and did a similar display with books and used small cloth spins I got at Hobby Lobby. going to try this with the leaves. Thanks Yvonne!!?

  3. Want to give this a try! The Amazon links do not take me to the actual item, just to Amazon. Did you use burlap ribbon or just burlap fabric?

  4. i love the simple ideas you share that have major decorating punch! I even have all the supplies on hand for this one! Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. So lovely and thanks for sharing the source of your inspiration…I’m going to think about how to make this craft project uniquely my own just like you did, Yvonne.

  6. Not so much into banners, however, I can find many other ways to use the leaves. Thanks for another great inspiration. JudyC

  7. Your banner is perfect for fall! I actually just finished making a burlap banner with cream sunflowers for the picket on my front porch and I’m eager to put it up!

  8. Love this simple-beautiful garland. I don’t have a mantel, but I’m thinking I could find another spot!!

  9. Dont have a mantle….but plan on using the garland for my chalkboard. Thanks for the inspiration …Have a blessed day! ?

  10. Who would think you can do so much with burlap. Wouldn’t our ancestors be amazed. Theres were used practically. I love the print on the leaves.

  11. Well,Yvonne, I know what craft project I will be up to this Labor Day weekend. The biggest challenge I will have is always my biggest crafting challenge. She is furry and sweet and says meow and thinks that my crafting supplies are her playground of fun and frolic !! Oh well gotta love our fur babies. Hugs, Dorinda

    1. I’m right there with you, Dorinda! I was thinking that the banner could also be strung outside the front door – my 4 month old kittens can’t get to it out there! I’m so glad to know that all of these great ideas are often thwarted with the thought of my little terrors ruining them! 🙂

      Take care & Happy Fall to you!
      Mischelle in Woodstock, GA

  12. Love this! I have some old books I was going to donate, but I think I’ll keep one to make this project. I love that this idea is simple, easy to create, but looks amazing!

      1. Love this leaf craft. I plan to hang across my wall near some pictures.
        Can’t wait for the revealing of the Christmas tree project.
        You always come up with things I love.

  13. Love love love this idea! I may actually string it outside my front door, if not on the mantle! It will go beautifully with the plan I have for my fall “front porch-scape,” now that I have my first home to decorate!
    Take care & Happy Fall!

  14. Cute idea if I was having a fall party but It would not fit into my home decor on a daily basis. My style is traditional with emphasis on art. I do love the farmhouse look though.

  15. Did you whitewash the brick or is that the color of the brick? I have been thinking of doing a whitewash until I can afford to replace the brick, if ever.

  16. Hi Yvonne, As always you inspire me. I don’t always do your ideas but this one is a definite will do. Thanks so much for sharing

  17. I am supremely flattered that you adapted my book page leaf banner, my friend! I can’t believe you even folded paper to slip into the back of the clothespin! Ha!! When I did that, I thought surely there must be a better way… but I didn’t want to use glue or anything that would damage the clothespins for future projects! Thanks so much for sharing my idea with your readers!


  18. Yvonne, your blog is just wonderful and full of so much goodness. The burlap decor is beautiful. My sister recently made all the decor for her daughters wedding using burlap, metal, wood, mason jars, etc and it wa a fabulous. It looked like something out of a magazine. Thank you for all you do.

  19. Like you Yvonne, I love fall & all its rich, warm colours. I might just have to add a wee bit more colour, maybe orange or lime green so it is a bit less bland. No offense, I do like what you created & love burlap!

  20. Hello! Another great idea! Thanks Yvonne….love the blog and all the great ideas…I do not have a mantle like a few others..but will make the banner on a smaller scale to use on a mirror and one to connect to the two knobs on a top drawer of the television cabinet…whatever works, right? thanks again….and have a lovely rest of the week.

  21. When I feel frazzled and ready to scream, I sit down at my computer and look for your blog. After I read about your inspirations for home (love the banner)my focus returns to my favorite things. Thank you.

  22. I get about 20+ blogs most days and you are my favorite. I love your ideas for me and my grandchildren and all the printables. I really appreciate you and the work you do to make your blog so great. Thanks

  23. Cute, cute, cute! I need to get to work doing some fall decorating. Maybe I’ll add a little shimmer to the edges of the leaves.

  24. Thanks for the great idea! I am cheating and using some old silk fall leaves as the background, fronted with natural burlap. Then can hang outside on porch.

  25. The leaf garland is adorable. Fall leaves bring good memories and feelings to me. Plus the wooden clothespins add great charm.

  26. I love seeing all your beautiful ideas! They are so charming and don’t break the bank. Keep up the good work!

  27. So many great ideas from your website. I especially love your Sunday devotionals. The burlap leaves are beautiful and the book covers are great too.

  28. Thanks ,Yvonne for the inspiration.I do not have a mantle,but I do have a plate rail around my dining room and I am going to make this cute fall garland for the dining room. Happy first day of September.

  29. Such a cute idea! Your decorating ideas and tutorials are wonderful!! Thank you for all the inspiration! Happy Fall?

  30. This is such a cute, and easy idea for a fall garland. I will be making one for my mantle. I really enjoy all your posts. You have such a wonderful talent.

  31. You inspire me. I’m making knitted pumpkins I found on Pinterest. Also found spray paint to make Mercury glass. There isn’t enough time for everything!

  32. I love your vintage like fall garland. How cute is that. I like that it is clean yet sophisticated. Please keep these posts coming.

  33. I like garlands, too, but have never made one. I think I could do this one! I might do the leaves out of fall-colored paper. Thanks for the ideas.

  34. This is a great project for my fall theme in my home this year… simple and inexpensive always hits a home run with me! Thanks for sharing!

  35. I really like your early fall mantel – especially the white pumpkins! My living room has some pink and black in it so orange just doesn’t go! The white/neutrals would be a much better choice!

  36. Love the white pumpkins etc. Makes me look so forward to that first cool front. The orange ones can’t be far behind. Love all of your inspirations. Fall is my favorite season too…these Texas Summer’s are so long & hot! Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas with us.

  37. For some reason, this only gives me the option to save to “box” which is not free. PDF is free, iBooks is free and kindle is free. I have things saved there. But I have my Mom’s book from her teaching days in the 1940’s so I’m fine getting the pattern. What was useful was telling us to use the exact pattern larger behind and adding a folded wad of paper!! I do have orange “shimmer burlap” from a clearance when I had a party several years ago. I think this is a good use for it along with some old newspapers from our original hometown where our family still remained. Sentimental Garland. Thanks for all the tips. I like some DIY.

  38. Love the way you cover books with burlap…have been look all over my area for the alphabet burlap…no luck finding it. Do you have any idea where I might find some?
    The leaves is such a cute idea.

    1. HI KATHY! I found the type print burlap years ago at JoAnne’s fabric. I know that when I find something like this I scoop it up. Styles change and don’t stay in the stores very long.

  39. The banner is sooooo cute!! I love the look of the chippy black mixed in with the fall decor in neutrals !!!! Getting some great ideas!!

  40. Love the “earthiness” of burlap. It really says “Fall”. I am always drawn to the graphic nature of book pages, words and typography. These leaves combine the best of both for a super cute, easy garland! Thanks for sharing the easy instructions.

  41. Oh my gosh, I work in a neonatal intensive care unit and this would make a cute name banner for our fall babies! The book pages could be from nursery rhymes

  42. What a great idea for fall! I love that you paired burlap with book pages – it looks great on your neutral fall mantel, too! Looking forward to more fall posts from you…. Happy Weekend!

  43. The garland is such a cute idea and easy to change with each season! Thanks for always sharing something inspirational! Also loved the instructions for painting the white pumpkins and saving old pumpkin stems! Genius!!

  44. I like the farmhouse feel of the burlap. My dad used to bring home grain in burlap bags. thanks for the decorating tip and the memories.

  45. For fall, I decorate the window over my kitchen sink with a few mini pumpkins, a sprinkling of small pinecones, and a few tea lights in small glasses. This is a sweet idea to “top” off my display. Thank you.

  46. I just love your site. I find something everyday that I love or something new I want to do. The leaves are fabulous! Thanks for all the hard work.

  47. This would work well with a combination of faux leaves from garlands (the plastic ‘veins’ are easy to remove) and paper leaves.

  48. What a fun project. Now i know what to do with all the wide burlap ribbon I have in my stash. Thanks, and Happy Fall.

  49. I love this garland! I made one for my mantle but am having trouble finding something to actually hang it with. Could you tell me what you used?? Thank you

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