Bringing Autumn indoors
Preserve some colorful leaves.
1. You can iron them between sheets of waxed paper
2. You can microwave them for a few seconds
3. Or put them in a solution of glycerin,
4. My favorite is pressing them between the pages of a heavy book.
1. Use on back splashes in your kitchen.
2. Place them artfully in a vase.
3. Scatter them around a pile of gourds or squashes with a fake burning candle. (safety first)
4. Use them as coasters for your favorite beverages.
5. Make a blessing wreath.
6. Use them as part of the decoration on "Gift in a jars" or "Spoonfuls"
7. Using teachers putty, you can attach them to a picture frame.
8. Make place setting name tags.
9. Have the kids turn them into turkey feathers on a cardboard turkey for Thanksgiving. You can even turn an apple or gourd into a turkey with colored leaves. If you have used the waxed paper idea you can cut them out in a way that they are enclosed in waxed paper so they will not crumble. This works well if you are saving your childs projects and tou used either a gourd or a wax apple.
10. Or as reindeer antlers on a close pin reindeer for a table or mantel decoration or Yule/ Christmas tree ornament
1. Go to the market place or local farmers market and buy
apples, pears, pumpkins, decorative squashes, nuts, gourds, and Native American corn. You can put these in a simple wooden Bowl or create a cornucopia from about any material you choose. I have weaved them from grapevines. This is a centerpiece you can eat.
2. You can make candle holders by creating a hole big enough to hold a tapered Beeswax candle in an apple or a small pumpkin then adding it to the table, altar, or mantle decorations. They look even better when you add a colored leaf or two.
3. Taking walnut shells and creating turtles by using thin cardboard to create a head and four feet and attaching the half shell as the back or the turtle. These can be added to any decoration on a table, altar, or mantle. You can make one or a grouping of baby turtles.
4. Using shelled nuts or nuts with shells on, you can create a zoo of animals. Or your favorite woodland creatures. Try the mix and match system. Whole nuts with shells for the body parts and open shells for the ears, feet, arms, ect. Use nuts like pecans, acorns, walnuts, pistachio nuts, even the whirly-gigs from a maple tree (they make great wings, flippers, and fins). These can be put on a table, mantle, or used in a centerpiece with your Yule log as the main interest. place them around as if the log was on the ground. Toasted coconut makes a good woodland floor bed.
5. Grapevines used along a mantle, doorway or counter adds charm and brings the feeling of the outdoors in. With these you can create wreaths, swags, and small bowls to hold nuts or other bits of nature.
6. You can use a colored leaf or leaves to decorate your journal or BOS to keep the feeling over the autumn months.
7. Make a decoration using autumn leaves for your cabinets and attach with Teachers putty.
8. Make woodland creatures like faeries and elf's our of bits and pieces of outdoor plants and seeds, nuts, vines. These can be added to decorations all over the house. A spider hanging in the corner, a faerie looking out from a beloved plant, a toad sitting under a leaf. an elf fixing a tiny shoe sitting on top of an individual creamer turned upside down as a stool and a small piece of twig holding up a flat rock or piece of bark as a table. Put an acorn cap on him and make a tiny cup or tool with bread dough and dry and varnish it. This can be all glued together and saved from one year to the next. Each year making another piece of the work shop or make pieces and turn it into a store. Salt dough or bread dough is amazing for this type of thing or use Polymer Clay.
Note: Flat slabs of wood make great stands for these as do shadow boxes. With shadow boxes you don't have to dust and you can change with the seasons with out ever taking down the box.