Leaf Press, Anthropologie Autumn Window Display

INSIDE : Learn how to make these simple DIY leaf press leaves for a fun autumn hanging display, inspired and created during an Anthropologie window display workshop.

Fall Anthropologie Window Display

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This post has been updated since it’s original October 2014 publish date.

Anthro Window Display workshop

Last month, I participated in my first ever Anthropologie window display workshop and it was such fun!  I had heard about these events and was told to check their website.  Well, living in a state with only ONE Anthropologie, there was a very limited local Anthro online community.

One day this summer, while browsing their store in person I asked someone at the front and was put on a “list”.  

Fast forward six months and an email invitation arrived in my in-box.  Today, I will be sharing the simple Leaf Press, Anthropologie Autumn Window Display we created together!

What supplies do I need to make a Pressed Leaf Display?

pressed leaf supplies

How to make painted Pressed Leaf art

Making painted pressed leaf art is so fun and one of the most simple craft projects to do. You often will see preschool aged children making art projects with pressed leaves. But leave it up to Anthro to really take a simple craft and transform it into something incredible!

Prior to us arriving, the creative team at Anthropologie had taken different fall colors of tissue paper and placed clear contact paper overtop of them.  

Anthropologie workshop

Then using a cutting press, the creative team cut out the shapes of the leaves. This could also very easily be done with scissors.  Anthro was planning to hang and display thousands of leaves, so mass cutting was important. A Cricut or silhouette would take on this job easily.

Anthro workshop

As the volunteers, our job was VERY simple.  We brushed various colors of acrylic paint onto our real leaf.

Yellow painted maple leaf

Then, we put the pre-made “tissue paper leaf” overtop and applied a little pressure.  No need for perfection, it was meant to look natural and organic.

Painted leaf

After we made about a dozen or so of a particular leaf pattern, we switched paint colors or leaf patterns.

Fall Anthropologie Window workshop

I loved the colors they choose for this project. And you may recognize that gold leaf in the upper right hand corner.  I asked to take it home when we finished and turned it into a fun little autumn sign project which you can check out on my fall home tour.

Paint Press Leaf

After about two hours of this and me asking 87 million questions about Anthropologie’s creative team for as much behind the scene info I could squeeze out of them, the workshop was complete.

Pressed Leaf

Fall Window Display

I would say it is safe to say, the creative team continued to work during the week and made roughly an additional 1,000 leaves.  A week or so later, I stopped by to see the final Fall window display completed and I fell in love!

Fall Anthro Leaf Window Display

In typical amazing Anthro style, they mixed up the traditional fall scene.  They suspended cut up tree branches with yarn and then hung the DIY painted leaves from there.  Anthropologie in the fall does simple massing so well.

Fall Leaves Window Display

Looking for other Fall Leaf crafts? You might like some of these :

Anthropologie Window Displays

Not only is this just a gorgeous Anthropologie Window Display, but would these painted leaves not be the most stunning photo backdrop for a Fall or even Halloween party?!!!

Fall Anthropologie Window Display

I’ve decided to make some painted pressed leaves with my children this fall. I can’t wait to start collecting the leaves and picking paint colors!

Anthro Window Display

I just accepted an invitation next week for their winter display in a month or so and I can’t wait!

If this sounds like something you might be interested in, be sure to ask at your local Anthropologie store. They love the community interaction!

17 thoughts on “Leaf Press, Anthropologie Autumn Window Display

  1. How exciting an opportunity! You’re diligence clearly paid off. I’ve always admired Anthro’s use of community involvement to build their displays. I’m thinking of all the fun ways I can plan something like this with a winter theme…. 🙂 I’ll be featuring this fun adventure on Think & Make Thursday tomorrow. Cheers!

    -Karisa

  2. Gorgeous!!! I just attended my first workshop and met so many lovely craftily ladies! We exchanged information and I can’t wait for the next one 🙂

    Great minds think alike 😉

    1. I know, it was a blast! I’m attending a winter display workshop next Thursday. You should just ask your local store, I’m sure they have them!

  3. How fun you got to play a part in such a gorgeous window display! And get to do it again! I can’t wait to see the next one! I agree, they do simple mass so well! I always stand and stare at their ridiculously creative windows in utter amazement.

    1. Thanks Shelley! It was really fun to be a part of their stunning displays. If you’re interested you should definitely ask your local store if they do workshops. Most bigger city Anthro’s do display workshops AND tons of amazing craft nights.

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