Make Like a Tree
By Mimi Greenwood Knight
Here in Texas, it’s harder to rely on the riot of fall colors enjoyed by some of the country. But if you know where to look—or what to plant—you’ll still find enough red, yellow, orange, and even purple leaves to get you stoked about the season. Take a stroll through your neighborhood or visit a local park to bring home some of your favorites, then have fun preserving their beauty any number of ways.
Fall Welcome Sign
Consider a new replacement for the traditional autumn wreath by painting the inside of an old tray with chalkboard paint. Add autumn branches, colorful leaves, and berries around the tray, write a welcoming message inside, and hang it on the front door to greet guests. (If you’d like to repurpose it, swap out the leaves for evergreen and holly come Christmastime.)
It doesn’t take Joanna Gaines to appreciate the prettiest and brightest leaves scattered in the center of your dinner table or strung along a railing interspersed with tiny white lights. The result is simply elegant.
Leaf Press Wall Art
Press your nicest leaves in a flower press or between the pages of a book. Then either mat and frame them or adhere them to card stock with spray mount from the craft store and arrange several on the wall.
Just because jack-o’-lantern season is over doesn’t mean that pumpkins are no longer excellent fall décor. Try painting varying sizes of pumpkins white, then use Mod Podge to decorate them with colorful fall leaves and greenery. Display them with smaller pumpkins or gourds.
Interesting shapes are more important than bright colors for this one. Paint one side of a leaf evenly with craft paint, position it on a cloth napkin or placemat paint side down, cover with a paper towel, and roll it with a rolling pin to leave the painted impression on the surface of your napkin or placemat.
Mason Jar Candle Holder
Don’t put away that Mod Podge yet! Use it to adhere (real or faux) fall leaves onto a Mason jar. You can use a sponge craft brush, but we found our fingers easier. Simply drop a candle inside, and you’ll have a lovely autumn votive.
Autumn Leaf Gift Tags
This is a great one if you give baked goods as holiday gifts, and it couldn’t be easier. Gather leaves with interesting and varying shapes. Cover them with paint in fall colors, and press onto large cardstock gift tags.
Leafless? Plant these trees now to enjoy fall color in the future.
- Shumard Oak
- Arizona Ash
- Purple Leaf Plum
- Crape Myrtle
- Raywood Ash