Links, links, links! While leaves are easy to scoop up from the ground, it’s time to get crafty with them. Of course, if you are in the southern hemisphere, save this list for 6 months and enjoy your early summer :)
I have to start with my very favorite Autumn Leaves, my own Browned Butter Autumn Leaf Shortbread Cookies. I’m still trying to decide if my jeans can afford for me to make a batch of these this year LOL
This isn’t everything you might want to make or find relating to autumn leaves, but I kept MY favorites and am serving you up a big platter of links straight to the sources of these beautiful, cute, fun, (insert your fave adjective here) crafts!
Have fun getting creative, at least in your mind…
http://www.marthastewart.com/1014662/keeping-color? Preserve by soaking in glycerin — doesn’t look very complicated at all!
http://www.marthastewart.com/917692/hanging-leaves Preserve by dipping in wax, then hang in a window for a beautiful translucent look. It doesn’t have to be beeswax; ordinary candle wax will do. Use a double boiler — wax is flammable.
http://garlandofgraceblog.com/keep-fall-on-the-wall/#.VFqVTPnF-b0 Although I am not sure how well-preserved these leaves would stay, love the garland project!
http://www.sparkandchemistry.com/craft-it-blog/leaf-mason-jar-candle-holder AND http://nowoodenspoons.blogspot.com/2011/11/autumn-lanterns-tutorial.html Cute for your Autumn table — make close to the time you want to use these to keep the bright colors.
http://czterykaty.pl/czterykaty/5,57581,10748074,Dekoracje__wielkie_olsnienie__czyli_domowe_glamour.html?i=1 The source of this popular Pinterest pin, you don’t need to read Polish to follow the picture tutorial. Wall art of your fave leaf shapes done WELL!
http://susieshort.net/leavesdemo.html Get artistic and play with your leaves and your watercolors. Looks simple, and maybe a good way for me to have another watercolor learning experience :)
http://www.snailed.it/art/elena-nuez-paints-incredible-autumn-art-masterpieces-leaves/ Fresh idea for old leaves — break out the white pen and doodle!
http://www.designsponge.com/2011/10/diy-project-autumn-leaf-bouquet.html It’s all over Pinterest and Facebook! This may be the internet source for those clever folded-leaf roses, although making these has been around for a generation or two of crafters.
Kids’ crafts that could also be made more sophisticated …
http://blogs.babycenter.com/life_and_home/leaf-feather-turkeys-for-thanksgiving/ Make a turkey tail from leaves
http://meaningfulmama.com/2012/10/day-291-fall-leaf-prints.html#_a5y_p=2485400 Personally, I think the texture of the leaf veins makes awesome art paper for cutting and using on other projects!
http://www.281fourthstreet.blogspot.com/2012/11/thankful-thursday.html What are you thankful for? Everything!
http://lilac-n-lavender.blogspot.com/2013/10/octobers-party-clip-art.html A good variety of leaves, drawn from copyright-free sources for our crafting fun!
http://www.sheknows.com/kids-activity-center/print/two-fall-leaves-coloring-page Plenty of other leaves available at this site, too!
And if your available leaves are of the oak variety, you’ll have acorns to play with…
http://smallhomebigstart.com/2012/09/how-to-dry-acorns-for-fall-crafts.html Bake them first — keep them natural, or…
http://www.homestoriesatoz.com/fall-2/how-to-paint-acorns.html … or paint them — love these!
Happy clicking and crafting!
Gail, who has acorns and oak leaves aplenty — take some, please!