Fake Coleus Garland

Silk plants usually aren’t my thing, but I love Coleus leaves and some pretty good fakes over at Michaels caught my eye recently, so I had to try working with them.

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Silk Coleus leaves are cut from their plastic stems and sewn together to make a garland.

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A silk Coleus pick costs about $3.00 and yields 14 leaves. I used a red thread to sew these all together.

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I prefer to highlight the fact that these leaves are made from fabric instead of trying to pass these off as the real thing; sewing them together made sense to me.

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Start out by removing the leaves from the stalk.

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Cut off the stem of the leaf.

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Using a thread in a similar color, sew the leaves together by running them through the machine one at a time – attaching them together as you go along.

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Drape your Coleus garland over the top of a mirror or around a display on the mantel.




  1. ana albi moreno  March 28, 2012

    Me gusta muy bonito.

  2. Julie  March 29, 2012

    Oh, God…I love this idea!!! Brilliant, once again!!! Thanks!

  3. Sophie  March 29, 2012

    I love garlands and I really love that one ! Great idea !

  4. Darcie  March 30, 2012

    Simply lovely, the garland looks stunning!

  5. catie  March 31, 2012

    100% awesome! i’m making one, too!

  6. Sharon Turner  April 11, 2012

    Camilla, hello, I am new to your blog. I’ve been poking around your blog for the past hour and having the time of my Life. wonder if you would permit me to re-post this idea to Pinterest on my “Faux Flora” Board? I think they are just beautiful – All I would re-post, if given permission, is the photo of the finished garland draped over the pretty white chair, with a link to your blog to learn how you made it. It would increase traffic to your blog and make my board look ever so much more beautiful!
    I don’t re-post people’s photos without permission, and I never take credit for ideas that are not my own. Thank you for considering my request.