I'd been lugging this silk tree around from house to house for more years than some of you have been alive. Finally decided I couldn't stand it anymore and that I would have nothing to lose if I stripped off all the leaves and replaced them with paper which is what I did.
Actually, this photo was taken before I totally finished. It's now THICK with leaves. It took me two winters of work though. I made a template, then used magazine pages because they are thin and stick together. I cut two leaves, put glue on them, put one on top and one on bottom of each little "branch" where a silk leaf had been.
Here's a closer look at the leaves:
I started out using photos, but it was too hard to get them to stick. I still lose a few leaves, just like real trees in the fall!
But from something that everyone ignored, this has turned into an art and conversation piece.