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Leaf-Motif Screen

Capture silhouettes from the garden for a decorate-it-yourself wooden screen. This tri-paneled model features framed leaf outlines, which can be rotated to celebrate the seasons. Both pretty and practical, screens go anywhere in a home, creating instant botanical backdrops or delineating a room-within-a-room, such as a dressing area.




  1. Step 1

    Paint screen and picture frames one color. Photocopy real or artificial leaves to desired size. Adhere copies to card stock with spray adhesive. Cut out silhouettes with utility knife.

  2. Step 2

    Disassemble each frame, and place cardboard backing over a botanical-print fabric; cut around cardboard, leaving a 2-inch fabric border. Wrap cardboard in fabric, adhering with double-sided tape. Glue leaf silhouette to center, and reassemble frame.

  3. Step 3

    Add grosgrain ribbon to frame edges with a glue gun.

  4. Step 4

    Hang frames at equal intervals.

Martha Stewart Living, March 2006



Reviews (12)

  • mlcottingham 29 Mar, 2009

    When I've made a screen like this in the past, I used hollow core closet doors hinged together. I think we found assorted widths in the closet area of Home Depot or Lowes. The plans were in a Better Homes and Gardens SIP about a decade ago. It looks like they are online at

  • Anna_Marie 28 Mar, 2009

    yarncrazy102...the instructions for the leaves are in step one. You take either real leaves or artificial (silk) ones and make photocopies of them, enlarging them until you have the size you want. Then take that copy and spray-glue it to black card stock. Use an Exacto-knife and cut out around the outside edge of the leaves on the photocopy that is glued to the card stock. Turn it over after it is cut out, and you have the leaf silhouette to glue on the screen. Does that help?

  • Locisen 28 Mar, 2009

    (sorry, I just signed up, I believed that my first message had disappeared when i signed up)

  • Locisen 28 Mar, 2009

    (sorry, I just signed up, I believed that my first message had disappeared when i signed up)

  • Locisen 28 Mar, 2009

    Buy Plywood or plaster walls and cut it the size you want (they can usually do it for you in the store so you edges won't be uneven). Then attach hinges to the screen, paint it, add ribbon to the edges of the screen and to you frames, hang the frames and Voila! Your screen is done! Easy as pie! Love from Sweden!

  • Locisen 28 Mar, 2009

    But how hard could it be to make your own. Choose the size you want the screen to be. Buy Plywood in the same size. Paint them, decorate the edges in the same ribbon that you decorated the frames with. Buy 6 hinges and screw them into the plywood (or whatever other material you choose - you could plaster the plywood to smooth out the surface). Hang up the frames and voila! Your screen is done. Love from Sweden.

  • Kinderhook 28 Mar, 2009

    I think they used ready-made screens here. But it would really be helpful if they had a list of materials needed for this project. I'd love to do it but these instructions are just to sketchy.

  • janbear 28 Mar, 2009

    Looks good and easy to do...However when I first looked I thought you used air-filters for background. I do think I would have used some other background paper.

  • yarncrazy102 28 Mar, 2009

    This is very typical of Martha's projects. Where do you find a pattern for the leaves?? These directions are clear as MUD!!!

  • foolsgal 28 Mar, 2009

    Foam core could be covered in fabric and framed in this fashion to give a pin-up option if using in a child's room as a screen - the ideas for the frames would be endless.

  • Mary_MAK 28 Mar, 2009

    Gentlemen/Ladies, It would be good to know what material you used for panels? MDF? plywood? regular doors? Also, is there any chance you can offer enlargements of your pictures? Sometimes the details are so fine it is difficult to see. Other than that - bravo for doing a great job publishing these projects on a daily basis.

  • Adalinda 28 Mar, 2009

    If the frames are fastened on to screen open-side up, the contents can be easily changed.