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5 Quality Craft Ideas for Fall Leaves

If you happen to live in a part of the country that has four seasons like me, you get to enjoy seeing the leaves change from green into striking shades of gold, deep orange, red and crimson. In the Midwest and East Coast, there usually aren’t many leaves left on the trees by the end of October. But you can make the most of the next few days by collecting freshly fallen leaves and using them for high-quality crafts that can be enjoyed the rest of the season.

To start, brush a liberal coating of decoupage on one side of each leaf (Mod Podge in glossy or matte finish is a good option). Apply the decoupage the day you gather the leaves, otherwise they will start to brown and dry out. After the treatment dries, flip the leaves over and coat the other sides.

Voila! A pile of beautifully preserved autumn leaves waiting to decorate your home. Here are a few ideas for using your pretty new ornaments:

1. Scatter the leaves around your dining table for a holiday meal with family and friends. It’s a free, easy way to add vibrant color to your table setting.

Image via Karan's Holidays Corner

2. Use a needle and strong sewing thread to create a leaf garland. The garland can be hung across your mantle, around your banister, on your wall or around dining chairs.

Photograph by Better Homes and Gardens

3. Place leaves in large glass bowls and use as centerpieces. You can mix the leaves with potpourri, pinecones and acorns, or add water and floating candles for a soft, glowing touch.

Photograph by Better Homes and Gardens

4. Preserve in picture frames. The leaves themselves can be the focus of the pictures, or you can use them to accompany framed family photos.

Photograph by Better Homes and Gardens

5. Add the leaves to a wreath and hang it on your front door. What a beautiful, festive way to greet family and friends during the holiday season!

Image via Four Generations One Roof

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