Every year when autumn is just around the corner, we get a little too excited when the leaves turn their beautiful shades of red, orange and yellow. Not only do they add a cozier and sometimes stunning atmosphere to our surroundings, but they are also an endless source of fall decorating ideas for our home. From garlands to centerpieces, fall leaves add the perfect touch of the season to any place. Not to mention, we can find the perfect leaves for countless DIY projects right in our parks and backyards. Here are some ideas for fall leaf decorations that you can DIY.
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Autumn leaves candle holder in canning jar
Canning jars are all the rage when it comes to home decor. There are countless ways to decorate with them, and here we show you an autumn leaves decoration that even your kids can try their hand at.
What you need:
- Make sure your leaves are malleable. Bend them a little to loosen them up. Stiff leaves will not stick either. If they are thin leaves, they should wrap easily around the glass. You should lightly wet the leaves in advance (almost like leaves become after a rain) to loosen them up.
- To decoupage, dip your brush in Mod Podge and paint a thin layer on part of the glass. Once this layer is fairly tacky (check by dabbing your finger on it), place a leaf on the glass. Paint more Mod Podge onto the leaf in thin layers, making sure to smooth out the edges. Start in the center of the sheet and dab with your fingers toward the edges. It may take a few coats, but the leaf should stick to the glass.
- Don’t be afraid to smooth the leaf with your fingers to make sure it sticks well. Place more leaves on top and fill the jar with as many as you like. Once all the leaves are attached, it will take a few hours for them to dry completely. You may find that the tiny edges of the leaves don’t stay all the way down, but when the look is complete, you’ll hardly notice.
- Close the lid of the jar with raffia ribbon or bow to complete the look. Place a candle inside and watch it light up the room in beautiful orange, red and green fall colors!
Make hedgehogs out of fall leaves with kids
Cut a hedgehog shape out of brown paper or just paint it and glue on pretty orange and red leaves so the pointy parts stick up. Use the black marker to draw on a cute face and nose – done!
Make a wind chime out of leaves
Craft an autumn “wind chime” as a fall foliage decoration for your garden by tying pressed leaves together. Imagine how beautiful it will look when a light breeze blows!
What you need:
String or ribbon
Craft the wind chime:
- Gather leaves with intact stems and press them into a heavy book for a few days. Wrap string or ribbon around an embroidery hoop; secure the ends with hot glue.
- Tie eight 1.5 m long waxed cords at even intervals around the embroidery hoop and attach pine cones to the undersides as weights. Tie the strings at random intervals around the stems of each leaf. Attach the wind chime to a ceiling hook with twine.
DIY autumn leaf fairy lights
What you’ll need:
A collection of autumn leaves
String of lights
- To preserve the leaves, there are several methods. The quickest and easiest method is to clamp each leaf between two sheets of wax paper and iron for a few seconds.
- Once the leaves are prepared, you can use Uhu glue (or another strong adhesive) to secure them in front of each bulb.
- Hang them on your stair railing, in your window, in front of your mirror, or in a clear vase!
Garland as autumn leaves decoration for your home
What you need:
Leaves: for this craft, choose leaves that are still quite pliable, leave out the leaves that are already crispy dry. Also, choose leaves that are still flat and avoid those that have already curled.
A box to dry: hang the leaves to dry. To do this, cut open a cardboard box, attach strings to the top and hang the leaves from it with dripping wax.
Beeswax or kerosene: the leaves must be dipped in some kind of wax to preserve them. Beeswax is perfect for this. Regular kerosene for candle making will also work. You just need a place to melt the wax, and you don’t want to do it over direct heat.
One note: wax of any kind is difficult to remove completely from a pot or bowl. Use something used or not very good here and only use it to melt wax in again in the future.
Paper clips or clothespins to hang the sheets on the line to dry.
A fine sewing needle and some thread
- Melt the wax in a water bath and remove from the heat once melted. Let the water simmer at the bottom of the kettle on low heat in case you need to melt the wax again.
- Hold the leaves by the stem and dip them into the wax. Coat them completely. Shake off the excess wax and hang the leaves on the line to dry. Repeat the process until all the leaves are coated.
- Let the leaves hang until they are dry and cool. One hour at the most, probably much faster.
- Carefully poke the needle with the thread through the stems of the leaves. Continue threading until all the leaves are used up. Slide the leaves along the thread and place them as desired. Hang the garland on hooks and proudly display it .