Question- metallic leaves......100 of them

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What is the easiest way to make a metallic leaf garland from dollar store cut outs?

Has any one done the Dollar Tree leaves in metallics and made a garland? 

Would hand painting with a sponge brush be more easier and effective than spray painting? My leafy clothes line was sliding -making clusters after I made the deliberate individual separations. Perhaps using 26g wire is too slippery.

Suggestions appreciated, intend to make more, some for window and mantle possibly for tablescape too. Some have machine sewed leaves in a garland- maybe thats the trick?

But how to best control the actual spray paint application to effectively coat 100+ leaves, is my issue.