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These shimmering decorations start with leaves as patterns.

Life-size shapes of leaves, cut from sheets of shiny plastic film (Mylar), make jewel-like decorations for trees, gifts, tables, or even clothing. When they're bent along veining lines scored in the film, the leaves gain many angled surfaces that reflect lights and colors from around a room.

Yet for all its elegance, each leaf takes only minutes to create. You just need a fine-tipped felt pen, a sharp-pointed craft knife, and a sheet of 5-mil mirrored plastic film (sold at art stores in 20- by 25-inch sheets for about $4).

Look for distinctive shapes--the scallop-edged oak leaf, the pointy fluted leaf of holly, the five-pronged maple leaf. You could also trace drawings of leaves from nature books.

Wash your hands before handling the sheet, and have a damp, soft towel to wipe off ink lines or fingerprint smudges. After tracing and cutting out the shape, score the veining lines in the sheet following the major veins in the actual leaf. On the side opposite the scored lines, pinch along the veining to bring out the different planes.
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