Fall is in the air … and all over your front porch. Freshly fallen maple leafs are an important signifier of the season, and for many, they kindle positive associations to childhood days spent jumping in freshly raked piles. Pay homage to the foliage with these DIY ideas using fallen leaves.
Maple Leaf Roses
Use this simple origami-esq technique to create unique textured roses perfect for decorating anything from garlands to wreaths to the centerpiece on your Thanksgiving table.
What you’ll need: colorful maple leaves, floral tape, floral wire or craft wire, scissors
Visit iCreative Ideas for full instructions on how to DIY Maple Leaf Roses.
A Dried Orange Garland
While this DIY calls for bay leaves, we don’t see why it can’t be recreated with an autumn twist, using colorful maple leaves to string alongside the dried oranges and cinnamon sticks. According to this DIY-er: “The drying process takes some time, but overall its pretty easy to make.”
What you’ll need: oranges, maple leaves, cinnamon sticks, twine
Visit Hearth & Vine for full instructions on how to DIY this Dried Orange Garland.
This Decorative Leaf Bowl
DIY-ing this lightweight bowl is not as complicated as you might think. Thanks to troubleshooting suggestions made by this DIY-er, you can recreate this unique dish in five steps with minimal stress and whole lot of Mod Podge.
What you’ll need: artificial maple leaves, a plastic bowl, Mod Podge matte, Krylon Triple-thick Glaze, plastic wrap
Visit Consumer Crafts for full instructions on how to DIY this Decorative Leaf Bowl.
A Fall Leaf Canvas
Take the “fall” out of “fallen leaves” with this wall art idea. The instructions below call for craft leaves, however, actual fallen leaves could also work, so long as you preserve them properly.
What you’ll need: artificial autumn leaves, a black canvas, (or a white canvas painted black), scissors, hot glue and glue sticks
Visit The View From Here for full instructions on how to DIY a Fall Leaf Canvas.
Painted Wine Glasses
This idea, inspired by Brushes with a View via Etsy, provides a festive, DIY-able alternative to sipping your vino in plain glassware. Beware of machine washing these babies!
What you’ll need: wine glasses, orange, yellow, and brown paint
Visit Wonderful DIY for full instructions how to recreate these Painted Wine Glasses.