Beautiful Fall Leaf Crafts To Decorate Your Home

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With the change in seasons come plenty of fall leaves. Rather than simply raking them up, put your autumn leaves to work around the house. Make one of these beautiful fall leaf crafts to decorate your home this season.

Leaf Garland

Create a classic autumn leaf garland with nothing more than string, straws and leaves straight from your yard.

What You'll Need:

  • Six feet of string (customize the length to fit a fireplace mantel, doorway or window)
  • 24 leaves (adjust amount to make a thinner or fuller garland)
  • Six straws
  • Glue

Instructions:

  1. Cut the straws into one-inch sections.
  2. Glue one piece of straw horizontally to the back of each leaf. Allow glue to dry.
  3. Thread the string through the straws on each leaf, and hang the garland.

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Autumn Leaf Candle Wrap

Give any candle an instant fall makeover with these quick and cheap autumn candle wraps.

What You'll Need:

  • One large autumn leaf per candle
  • Leather string

Instructions:

  1. Pair matching or contrasting leaves to candle colors, based on your preference. Consider trying green with brown or red with yellow.
  2. Place one leaf against the side a candle, and wrap the leather string around its center.
  3. Tie the string tightly into a bow, so the leaf is held in place against the candle.

Floating Candle Fall Leaf Display

Add a colorful touch of fall to an existing floating candle display, or create one from scratch.

What You'll Need:

  • A decorative bowl, clear or autumn colored
  • Several floating candles
  • Colorful leaves

Instructions:

  1. Select an area to set your fall floating candle display where it will not be knocked over.
  2. Fill the bowl with water.
  3. Gently set the leaves on top of the water, trying not to let them sink. Though they will eventually, keeping them on surface will allow the leaves to last longer.
  4. Place the floating candles in the water, being careful not to set them on top of the leaves.
  5. Light the candles and enjoy. Replace leaves when they have become too soggy and have lost their shape or disintegrated.

Framed Leaves

Capture the beauty of fall by framing some of your favorite leaves found in the yard, or around your neighborhood.

What You'll Need:

  • One to five leaves, depending on your preference and frame size
  • Two panes of equally sized glass from a craft store
  • A frame matching the size of the glass panes

Instructions:

  1. Choose one or more leaves you find particularly beautiful. It may be for their size, color or shape.
  2. Set a single leaf in the center of one pane of glass, or arrange several in a scattered pattern.
  3. Set the second pane of glass directly on top of the leaf, pressing it between the two panes.
  4. Carefully place the panes of glass into the frame. Hang on the wall.

Leaf Mobile

Watch fallen leaves flutter in the autumn breeze anytime you'd like with this simple and colorful fall mobile.

What You'll Need:

  • 5 to 10 multi-colored leaves
  • Thin white string or clear fishing line
  • A 6-inch to 12-inch twig
  • One thumbtack

Instructions:

  1. Cut the string or line into varying lengths, each long enough to reach from your celling to your approximate shoulder height.
  2. Tie the end of one string onto each of the leaves' stems, (one string per leaf).
  3. Tie the loose end of each string to the twig, separating them by about one to three inches.
  4. Tie one long piece of string to the middle of the twig. Tack the other end of the string into the ceiling, next to a window.
  5. The leaves should now hang from the ceiling at the correct height to be in the sunlight and breeze if the window is open.

Leaf Centerpiece

One of the easiest fall leaf crafts you can make, this leaf vase is a beautiful and cheap way to decorate your living room, bedroom or entry, and can also be used as a dining table centerpiece.

What You'll Need:

  • About 20 to 50 leaves, depending on the size of your vase
  • One clear glass vase or hurricane candleholder

Instructions:

  1. Fill the vase or hurricane candleholder with your colorful autumn leaves.
  2. Be careful not to crush or break the leaves as your place them inside.
  3. Arrange some leaves around the outer edges so that they lay flat against the glass for a better view.
  4. Set your leaf vase anywhere you'd like bright autumn décor.

Leaf And Twig Tree

Create an elegant and colorful display to set in a tall vase for dining table centerpieces, or accent décor throughout the house.

What You'll Need:

  • One tree branch, approximately one to two feet high, with several branch off shoots
  • One brightly colored leaf for each branch
  • Glue
  • A tall vase

Instructions:

  1. Glue one leaf to each branch, staggering their placement to appear natural.
  2. Set the branch in a tall vase, and fill with stones, sand or other filler if it seems to wobble.
  3. Place the vase anywhere in your home for a miniature fall tree display.
Last Updated: August 25, 2011
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About Alexandra Kerr Through Ideal Home Garden, Alexandra covers topics ranging from interior design to home improvement, gardening and cuisine. Having a passion for cooking and entertaining in her own life, she hopes to communicate her love of home design and decorating with her readers. 

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