Decorating With Fall Foliage

Fall. A season we all anticipate, but one that feels so fleeting.

It seems as soon as the official first day of the season hits, the leaves are nearing their peak. Soon there will be more foliage on the ground than adorning the branches of the trees. Those bright, autumnal hues of orange, crimson, and gold are ones I always wish to hold on to for just a little while longer.

Today I’m sharing three ways to do just that. When the leaves have nearly all fallen, bring a few indoors to make the gorgeous, color-filled days of autumn truly last the length of the season.

Autumn Leaf Wall Hanging

Leaves

Materials:

Dried leaves

Gold acrylic paint

String

Sticks

Tacky glue or hot glue

Beads (optional)

Scissors

Leaves

I love the rustle of leaves in the fall and this hanging recreates that sound as it hangs in my living room.

To create this wall hanging, brush the leaves lightly with gold paint and allow to dry before adhering the leaves to equal lengths of string using the glue. Tie each string to the stick equidistant apart. Tie a length of string to opposite ends of the stick and join in the middle with a knot, adding beads if using.

Leaves

Autumnal Candle Holder

Leaves

Materials:

Partially dried leaves

Gold paint

Parchment paper

Tacky glue

Scissors

Clear jar or candle holder

Leaves

Is there anything better than the soft glow of candlelight on a crisp evening? No, no there isn’t.

To create this softly glowing holder, lightly brush the leaves with the paint and allow to dry. Once the leaves are dry, brush a light layer of tacky glue across the parchment paper and arrange the leaves in a row so they’re slightly overlapping, securing the overlapped edges with more glue. Allow to dry completely. Once the leaves are dry, cut out around them and wrap the sheet of leaves around the candle holder, trimming any excess. Use the tacky glue to adhere the wrapper to the candle holder.

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Fall Garland

Leaves

Materials:

Dried leaves

Gold paint

String

Leaves

This incredibly easy garland adds a gorgeous fall feeling to a space when hung above a mantle or dresser. Even better? It takes all of 10 minutes to create.

If using two different kinds of leaves, lightly brush every other leaf with gold paint and allow to dry. Tie each leaf to the string by the stem.

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How do you bring the foliage indoors? Please share in the comments!

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I love decorating with fall foliage, so fun!

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I bring the fall foliage inside by gathering an assortment of leaves up from my backyard and pressing them for about a week in some big old books. I love the idea of painting them gold, I’ll have to do that now! After they’ve been pressed, I take a bunch of leaves (7 or 9 of them) and tie them together at the stems with red string. They’re adorable! I then hang the little bundles on my bedroom wall . . . they are also a wonderful thing to look at during the dead of winter, when you’re longing to… Read more »

I collect the leaves ,dry them in books or what ever I can find then I seperate them to shape and color and choose a background and then design a picture using the leaves I also use other items such as acorns twigs any thing I find that I think will be useful I usually end up with quite a mess lol but the pictures that I’ve managed to make are nice and they are memories of other places and times as I save the leaves from season to season love fall thank you Laura

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Mary jo

I loved this idea and did it with my kids at school. We were so excited collecting just the right leaves and the gold paint made them look sparkle. We made a bulletin board out of it. Thanks again fp.