Your lawn is filling up with leaves faster that you can rake them away. Before you bundle them up and leave them at the curb, let the kids pick a few and craft a little creativity with these fabulous projects.
Decorating with leaves can be so much more than piling them into a garbage bag that looks like a pumpkin and plopping it on your front porch. Here are some elegant, crafty and creative ways to use up those leaves collecting in your yard.
Once you’ve raked and gathered them all, pick out your favorite shapes and colors, and try one of these fabulous projects from around the web.
Here is one project that will make you feel like a true artist. With just a few supplies and a leaf or two, you will create gorgeous artwork that can be hung just about anywhere. Created by art teacher Cassie Stephens as a project for her students, this leaf relief creation (seen above) is sure to be a hit in your home too.
Fall leaf candle
What better way to light up a room than with the soft glow of a candle through your favorite leaves? No one will guess that you made this candle yourself rather than buying it at a department store when you display it on a mantel or windowsill. Gingerbread Snowflakes shares her easy-to-follow instructions here.
For the perfect fall feel to add to any room, try this leaf banner that even the kids can help with. Gather your favorite leaves, and follow the easy instructions at Memories on Clover Lane to create the perfect autumn accent to your fireplace, staircase or any area that needs a touch of autumn.
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Leaf in an acorn frame
All you need is one beautiful leaf for this pretty fall accent. Take a nature hike, and collect acorns as well, then use them as the perfect frame for this project from Better Homes and Gardens. This inexpensive and easy accent is a great way to give a hint of fall to any room in your home.
Sometimes a project looks too good to be true or too difficult to be anything other than bought in a store. These beautiful leaf-covered candles from Martha Stewart are much easier to make than they look and are finished as quickly as the wax can harden. Save them for yourself, or give them as a gift to impress even the most talented of crafters.
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Who knew that a pumpkin and a few leaves could create such an elegant piece? Midwest Living has a step-by-step tutorial for how to create this simple project that looks like a crafter’s masterpiece. Grab the perfect pumpkin and a stack of leaves, and start working on your own today.
Leaf print linens
The fabulous Martha Stewart has done it again. Giving us a gorgeous way to bring the outdoors inside, she created these linens using leaves and a few supplies you probably already have in your craft cupboard. Visit Martha Stewart for the full instructions on how to bring a touch of fall to your table.