Clever Ways To Feature
Autumn Leaves In Your Home
Nothing says fall like beautiful autumn leaves. Oranges and yellows. Reds and browns. So many different shades that transform tree-lined streets into mesmerizing scenes worthy of being the subject of Thomas Kinkade™ puzzles. Autumn leaves always seem to come out of nowhere. They arrive just as quickly as they depart. Soon, we will look up and be surprised by bare branches. Some of us enjoy the fall season so much we try to feature it in our homes, and there's no better way to give our homes seasonal style than by bringing in a bit of the outdoors. Learn how to preserve leaves and how to display them with these clever tips on autumn leaves.
The Preservation Process
One of the biggest problems people encounter when trying to display autumn leaves is that the leaves dry out rather quickly once they're off the tree. Whether you hand-picked leaves straight off the tree or collected a few from your sidewalk, it's essential to preserve them if you'd like to put them on display. Luckily, there are a few easy ways to preserve leaves to maintain their look and feel for several months. The wax paper method is probably the most common. Simply place the leaves between sheets of wax paper and lay everything out on an ironing board, drape a rag over the paper and iron until the wax has melted and sealed the leaves. More intricate methods like the glycerin method or microwave method are also worth considering, but they require caution.
Beautiful Behind Glass
The colors, textures and shapes of the autumn leaves you've collected are all you need to make an interesting, decorative piece of art for your home. As you would with a painting or a picture, sometimes it's best to let the artwork speak for itself. Arrange your leaves in an ordinary frame or fill up an entire frame with a handful of different colors. Glass enclosures offer a wide variety of display options. Fill Mason jars, antique jugs, and even repurposed wine or milk bottles with the leaves you've collected. You could even line the outside of a jar with leaves and place a tea light candle inside for festive seasonal illumination that's great for harvest or the holidays.
No matter how well you preserve your leaves, they aren't going to last forever. Sometimes it's more practical to skip the preservation process and dedicate your time to using autumn leaves for a one-time event like a holiday get-together. One fun way to make an interesting impression on your guests is to set some of your favorite leaves out as coasters or placemats. Make sure to press leaves ahead of time under books to prevent them from curling. You could also arrange a selection of leaves on the dining room table or with seasonal symbols like pumpkins for a crisp, classic harvest display that works great for the holidays or whenever you're feeling festive.
Tree Of Life
Autumn leaves are beautiful individually, but there's just something special about seeing them full of life when they're still clinging to the trees outside. Once the leaves start falling, it's only a matter of time until winter. It might be time to get the outdoor Christmas yard decorations out of the garage, but it isn't time to start giving up on fall decor inside. Keep the fall spirit alive by stringing some leaves together in a garland for the mantel or pinned in a circle as a wreath. It's also possible to keep an entire branch of leaves preserved in glycerin to mount or arrange in a vase. For most of us, postponing winter a little longer with indoor fall decor is worth the effort.
The beauty of the autumn season is fleeting. The good news is that it comes around every year, so what you don't get around to now can easily make the list next time. Get the equipment you need to get ready for fall maintenance around your home, holiday gifts to start checking off items on your list, and warm apparel for the temperature shift, like women's cardigan sweaters, at The Lakeside Collection.