{five minute friday} Edge Colored Burlap Leaves

I skipped Five Minute Friday last week because I was participating in a fun Halloween Costume Blog Hop with 80+ other bloggers, but I'm back this week with another five minute project, and this time it's a quick fall decor tip.

Edge colored burlap leaves

You might have spotted these pretty edge colored leaves in my Fall Home Tour. They were so quick and easy, but look great on my entry table, so I thought I'd share the tutorial for you.

I picked up one inexpensive package of burlap leaves from Hobby Lobby earlier in the season. I knew that I'd somehow use them in in my fall decor, but I wasn't sure how.

My fall decor is quite modern, so I liked that the burlap leaves added a natural element - but I still wanted to give them a modern touch. Adding some pops of my fall colors was the perfect solution. I originally planned to get out my acrylic paints, but when I opened my craft closet my collection of colorful Sharpies caught my eye, and I decided to try them instead.

I simply laid each leaf on a paper towel, and colored around the edges. The burlap has a tendency to fray just a bit, so I found it worked best to use short strokes beginning about a quarter of a inch in and drawing out toward the edge of the leaf.

I started with my dark teal Sharpie, and liked the look. But I wanted to add a bit more dimension, so I added a second, lighter shade of teal just a bit further in on the leaf {about another quarter of an inch in}.

I liked the way the two-toned edge coloring turned out, so I continued to use the same method for each of my other fall living room colors - gold/yellow, orange, and grey.

I only had one shade of grey Sharpie, so I used my silver metallic Sharpie around the inner edge of the grey colored leaf.

I just love the contrast of these bold fall colors against the rough, natural texture of the burlap.

Edge colored burlap leaves

It only took me about five minutes to color all of the burlap leaves, and the really make a big impact on my entry table fall display.

Edge colored burlap leaves

Edge colored burlap leaves

If you missed my full Fall Home Tour, I'd love for you to take a minute to check it out. You'll also find links to fabulous fall home tours in a wide variety of styles from 35 other talented bloggers.

And if you are looking for even more seasonal inspiration, you might be interested in these fall and Halloween projects:


  1. These are so cool. I love the idea of the sharpies. Love

  2. Great idea to use sharpies to add some color to the leaves. I love my Sharpies too.

  3. Oh this is great Angela- Poor AZ doesn't get beautiful leaves like this, I just might have to color mine- :) Thank you for linking up with us at Get Your DIY On! I hope you'll join us in November with your furniture makeovers!!

    Mandy @ The Hankful House