How to decorate with pressed leaves.

In certain parts of the world, the earth is being blanketed by fallen leaves. Leaves so beautiful, they deserve framing. Country Living gives us some ideas on how this might look. If you’d like to create some art using leaves as a medium, here are a few things that will make your project a success: 

  • fall leaves, of course
  • newspaper
  • paper towels
  • books
  • wax paper
  • hot iron
  • towel
  • glycerine, optional
  • silica gel, for preserving the leaves
  • frame(s)
  • mat(s)
  • craft glue or glue gun
  • if you’d like to make your very own leaf press, check out this tute

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How to Make a Concrete Garden Leaf

According to the Havekosts, making decorative concrete leaves for your garden is inexpensive and quite easy. And the outcome….fantastic! What you’ll need to make one of your own includes:

  • A working table of a comfortable height. The Havekosts suggest erecting a temporary one made of two sawhorses and a sheet of plywood.
  • A leaf with a nice shape and pattern. You can use small or large leaves, but, personally, I’d opt for the biggest I could find!
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How To: Pound Out Leaf Prints

created at: 2009-04-23

Wendy over at Build/Make/Craft/Bake shows us how to pound out nature’s perfect art-leaves and flowers-with a ball-peen hammer,

created at: 2009-04-23

paper towels

flowers or leaves

water color paper or rough, acid free paper

scissors

pen

tweezers

acrylic sealer

These art prints allow you to release some frustration, capture nature on paper and end up with some hangable art made by you. Check it out here.

Making Aluminum Can Ornaments

First we had aluminum can Christmas ball and now this. Using real leaves, the maker begins by simply tracing them onto cut-opened and flatted aluminum cans. A bit of raffia on to top for hanging is a perfect touch.

What you’ll need to make them:

  • Empty aluminum beverage cans
  • scissors
  • sandpaper
  • pen or pencil
  • ribbon, raffia or cord for hanging.

What you’ll need to do:

Head on over to Little House in the Suburbs for the entire tut. Continue Reading

Make a pressed leaf tray or wall art.

When you think of fall, the first thing that probably comes to mind is leaves succumbing to the season. Luscious reds, golds, browns and even aubergines. A great way to bring these gems indoors is to make a pressed leaf tray, which, sans handles, could also be reinterpreted into wall art. The materials you’ll need to make one include:

  • Serving tray or picture frame in desired size
  • One set of handles, if using a picture frame to make a tray
  • Two pieces of glass or clear plastic cut to fit the tray or frame
  • Acrylic paint and antiquing medium (optional)
  • Assorted dried, pressed leaves
  • Screws, 1 to 1-1/2 inch molding, enough to encircle back of tray or frame, miter saw*

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Curbly Video Podcast: Graffiti Leaves

created on: 05/02/08

This is a really quick, easy and inexpensive way to create images pretty enough for framing.

The props:

  • Acrylic craft paint (I used a luscious turquoise)
  • White acrylic spray paint
  • A paint brush
  • Something to serve as a canvas like a piece of plywood or MDF
  • Several leaves from an indoor or outdoor plant (for the picture above, I used silk leaves purchased at my local craft store

The procedure:

  • Paint your ‘canvas’ with a coat or two of the craft paint.
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DIY Autumn

The weather is playing tricks on you: the leaves are sorta changing, and it’s getting dark at 7:30, yet it remains 95-degrees throughout most of the day. Check out Betz White’s attempt to make up some fall on her own.


“I’ve been sprinkling the felted acorns all around the house to see where they might bring us a little autumnal cheer.”

“Now for some foliage. I dug out some felted sweater scraps and free-handed some oak leaves.” Continue Reading