It’s been said, “leaves leave this world in beautiful fall colors and songs.” But you can give fallen autumn leaves new life as decorative elements for the season and holidays. The warm colors and rich textures of fall leaves will bring a beautiful touch of nature into your home.
Here are a few creative, easy DIY crafts made with fallen leaves:
Adorn your front entrance with a leafy fall wreath. All you need are leaves from your yard (make sure they are not too dry), a wire wreath frame and floral wire from a local craft store, and a colorful ribbon to hang your project. To begin, pierce the center of each leaf with the plant wire, and keep stacking foliage until the frame is no longer visible. Suspend the wreath using the colored ribbon.
Similar to wreaths, you can make a leaf garland to beautify a doorway, window or fireplace mantle in your home. You’ll need leaves, floral wire and twine from your local craft store. Attach the leaves to the twine by wrapping the stems with floral wire. Continue stacking the leaves until your garland is as long as you’d like.
Fallen leaves are a fun way to personalize candles and preserve the beautiful colors that some leaves have. It’s easiest to embellish a store-bought pillar candle with leaves and paraffin wax. First, attach the leaves to the pillar candle with decoupage glue. Have fun and layer different colored leaves in a pretty pattern. Then, melt a large block of clear paraffin wax in a double boiler or an old pot that is large enough to accommodate the size of your pillar candle. When the decoupage glue has dried and the wax is completely melted, slowly dip the pillar candle into the wax a few times using a slow, steady motion to avoid drips and bumps. Finally, submerge the candle in cold water to speed up the wax’s drying.
There are a couple of ways to use leaves to make fall candle holders. You can either decoupage leaves to a glass candleholder, or you can use the leaves as a stencil and spray paint the candleholder. For both projects, you’ll need to be sure to first rid the glass candleholder of all grime by wiping it with rubbing alcohol. To decoupage, take a few leaves in different sizes and colors and paint a layer of decoupage glue to one side of the leaves with a sponge brush. Place the leaves in your desired pattern and follow up with last coat of decoupage glue on top of the leaves.
To use your leaf as a stencil, place the leaf in a desired location and proceed to spray paint the candleholder. Before the paint is completely dry, carefully remove the leaf. Finish your project by using a clear sealant.
Fallen leaves are beautiful all on their own, aren’t they? So, why not simply put them in frames to decorate a wall in your home. Find the prettiest fallen leaves you can and then either place them in books to flatten them, or “wax” them by placing the leaves in between two pieces of waxed paper and ironing them. Once flat, set the leaves on top of cardstock in a complementary color and frame.
Leaf-Printed Tablecloth and Napkins
The dining room is the center of the home during the holidays. It’s the place where your family gathers to enjoy holiday feasts and each other’s company. You can easily decorate your tablecloth and napkins easily using fallen leaves. You’ll need solid-colored tablecloth and napkins, craft paint, leaves, and a small paintbrush. Paint the veiny side of the leaf and press it to the cloth. Your family won’t believe how easy it was to decorate the table!
If you’re decorating for the Thanksgiving season, you’re sure to incorporate pumpkins. To embellish plain pumpkins, simply decoupage leaves around the pumpkins in a fun pattern. A good tip is to cut small slits along the edges of the leaves as you go, so they'll fit the pumpkin's contours. Your decorated pumpkins can adorn both the outside and the inside of your home.
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