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If you are a crafty person who also likes to keep it simple, try making an autumn bouquet or a fall flower corsage. It's a neat project that granny can do with the children when everyone is down on the farm for the holidays.
You'll need some clear, sticky tape, some fallen leaves and some sticks.
We begin by taking a walk in the woods and looking for cool stuff. Don't rush it. Let the beauty come to you. Nature will mulch most of the dead leaves to make fertilizer for next year's growth so she won't miss a leaf or two that you and the kiddos happen to snap up on a crisp fall day.
Dry leaves are the best. Wet leaves might give rise to problems like mold and mildew.
In a pinch you could set up something to dry leaves but don't do it unless you have to. If you do some research it's not that hard to find people putting things in ovens or under warm irons but why create fire hazards and burn hazards if you don't have to. Besides, it's best if kids can participate in every part of the exercise. No responsible person lets kids near ovens or hot irons.
If your bouquet begins to fade or whither, you may trash it and make another.
There are various techniques you may try if you want to get your dried leaves to last. Some are more complicated than others and all should be tried only under close adult supervision.
You can try pressing the leaves between the pages of a book. You may try pressing the leaves with an iron. Some recommend microwaving the leaves. Various, oils, laminates, and lacquers can be tried. Some of this stuff gets messy so you will want to make sure that you don't muck up the tables or fireplace mantles that are supporting your fall foliage bouquet.
Be sure to allow for plenty of time for experimentation and getting it right. You would not want a child who is trying to prepare something nice for a school project discover the next morning that lacquer that looked clear the night before reacts with the sap in the tree parts and dries so opaquely that nothing can be seen through it. Best to learn that lesson on Saturday night so that on Sunday night your child can use methods that are surefire and which will almost certainly work.
There are any number of objects that can be made with your fall leaves and plants. A diorama or a poster for instance.
Be creative with the materials you use or include.
You can use glue or tape or whatever is handy.
You could add acorns and twigs and pine needles.
Too Much of Good thing.
In my view, you don't really want to see the tape holding things up or on on as we do here. There are a couple of ways to do this. One is to attach the tape to the backs of things so that it is invisible. Another is to use clear drying glues or lacquers. Still another is to use something like thin cardboard to display things and to stick objects like twigs into the cardboard for support. One more way if you are using something you can put holes into is to make tiny, minute wholes, thread them with thread so fine it cannot be seen and to hold everything on with threads.
Fake It Until You Make It
You should make many, many attempts since some will not be quite right. When it works, the result will be stunning--even to you.
Some of the more interesting attempts resemble other objects. For instance, a paint brush composed entirely of autumn leaves.
Sometimes it's hard to know what will look best in the fished product. Try photographing your masterpieces with several different kinds of backgrounds. For some arrangements a plain white background is best because it causes and emphasis on the colors and shapes of the Fall foliage corsage.
Some of what works best is entirely in the eye of the beholder. For me the best results happened when the leaves were simple with each of one color. For a different design than what we have hear you might want the actual patters that occurs on the leaf surface to pop out and dominate the space.
Notice that we are not limited in what we can bring in to bring out the beauty of the leaves. For instance, a white vase against a white background and really set off the dark fall colors by giving the suggestion of a object that is floating suspended in space. You might say we are trying create things like a since of space or motion or suspension depending on what we use and how we position objects.
poetryman6969 (author) on November 30, 2018:
Thanks for you lovely comments.
Janis Leslie Evans from Washington, DC on November 24, 2018:
These are lovely and visually appealing. It really displays the richness of nature. The project reminds me of childhood when we would look for the prettiest leaves of autumn and save them. These creations take it to another level. Thanks for sharing.
poetryman6969 (author) on July 06, 2015:
KoffeeKlatch Gals actually my wife made these. Now that we have moved she has her eyes on some fallen leaves again...
Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on July 06, 2015:
I love what you have done with then autumn leaves. They make a beautiful arrangement.
poetryman6969 (author) on July 02, 2015:
Thanks for dropping by Candle Reviews.
Have a blessed day!
Candle Reviews on July 02, 2015:
Fall colors are among the best! I usually tend towards cooler colors throughout the year, like blues, pinks, purples and greens that match. However, there is no denying the sheer love of the fall colors like you share here in your photos. They are so pretty and welcomed whenever they show up. My home has those colors in it a lot, and I like that.
poetryman6969 (author) on March 27, 2015:
Hello Cynthia. I hope to see the nice things you make with you fall leaves. Have a blessed day!
Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on March 27, 2015:
What a lovely idea! I have always loved collecting leaves in the fall. This bouquet idea would be an awesome way to make something with those leaves.
poetryman6969 (author) on February 19, 2015:
Susan, thank you for your kind words. I am glad you enjoyed the craft.
Susan Morton on February 19, 2015:
I absolutely love this for a craft idea because it does hearken back to simpler days. It recalls to me days before I-pods, tablets and smartphones.
poetryman6969 (author) on February 23, 2014:
Glad you like them Cathi.
Cathi Sutton on February 22, 2014:
poetryman6969 (author) on February 03, 2014:
Thanks for dropping by Eiddwen.
Glad you like it oldiesmusic.
oldiesmusic from United States on February 02, 2014:
Gorgeous arrangement, and most of all it costs almost nothing! I should have seen this last autumn. Thanks for posting. :)
Eiddwen from Wales on January 03, 2014:
A great hub and looking forward to many more.
poetryman6969 (author) on January 01, 2014:
Thank you Rasimo.
Rasimo on January 01, 2014:
poetryman6969 (author) on December 27, 2013:
Anglnwu I am glad that you like them!
anglnwu on December 26, 2013:
How beautiful. I love that you use leaves instead of flowers.
poetryman6969 (author) on December 23, 2013:
MsDora, I am glad you liked them.
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on December 23, 2013:
Very beautiful creations! Thank you for sharing them.
poetryman6969 (author) on December 11, 2013:
Ebower, I am very glad you like them. Have a great day!
Erin Bower from Georgia on December 10, 2013:
These are gorgeous and so creative! I voted this up and beautiful. :)
poetryman6969 (author) on December 08, 2013:
Thanks for dropping by teaches12345. The great thing about using foliage as art is you can keep doing it until it works. Nature never runs out of leaves.
Dianna Mendez on December 07, 2013:
This is a beautiful bouquet. I'm not sure I could do as well with these flowers. You have some creative talent!
poetryman6969 (author) on December 07, 2013:
Thanks Nell Rose. Hope you are staying warm!
Nell Rose from England on December 07, 2013:
Thats really lovely, and a great idea for the kids to do! voted up!
poetryman6969 (author) on December 02, 2013:
Thanks Sherry. The wife is still gathering the leaves she likes best...
Sherry Hewins from Sierra Foothills, CA on December 01, 2013:
Those are really special.
poetryman6969 (author) on November 30, 2013:
Glad you liked it. Thanks for dropping by!
gingerka from Colorado on November 30, 2013:
That's really pretty.