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What you will need:
Artificial leaves – great packs available at Amazon
Decoupage Glue – like Modge Podge
Balloon or bowl
Cling film / cling wrap
Step 1: Inflate a balloon
I recommend using a balloon to make your bowl as in my experience the leaves stick rather well to the bowl / cling film and can be hard to remove. Inflate your balloon to the size bowl you would like and place it in a bowl to keep it in place. You will notice in my photos that I changed the bowl supporting the balloon during the making of my leaf bowl. This was because my balloon was moving about too much.
If you use a bowl instead of a balloon cover the bowl with clingfilm first so that your leaves do not stick to the bowl.
Step 2: Stick leaves to balloon
Apply glue to the balloon and using more glue stick a leaf to the balloon ensuring it is covered in glue. It is just like any other decoupage. If you need any tips take a look at Decoupage Tutorial and Project Ideas.
Add further leaves making sure that they overlap until you have the size bowl you require. Always go a little bit bigger than you want as it may sag as you squash it a bit later to get a flat bottom on the bowl.
Step 3: Cover with clingfilm
Carefully cover the leaves with a layer of cling film (wrap) to hold the leaves down flat. You may have noticed on the photographs that they tend to stick up a bit.
Now it just needs to dry!
I found that if you leave the cling film on the leaves it takes a very long time to dry. I slowly peeled the cling film up and away from the leaves over the following 24 hours. This allowed it to dry more quickly but kept the leaves held down. I still had a few sticking out but I quite liked the effect.
Once it is completely dry deflate the balloon slowly and peel it away from the leaves. You now have a fall leaf bowl! If there are any straggly bits of glue then snip them off.
If you used a bowl then your leaf bowl will probably have a flatter bottom and sit more evenly on a flat surface. It is a matter of choice. Here is one I made on a bowl.
I am keeping both of mine as they are and not putting anything in them so that we can enjoy all those rich colours by the window.
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Remember to pin this tutorial on Pinterest so that you can find it later (perhaps next autumn / fall).