When the weather tuns cooler and you are spending more time inside, bring a little of the outside color in with a few of these ideas.
Step 1: Collect leaves Go for a walk and collect fallen leaves in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors.
Step 2: Prepare the leaves Gently wash the leaves and lay them out to dry. Then press them between the pages of a big book for five to seven days to flatten them.
Step 3: Lay them around the house Spread your leaves around the house to add an autumn touch to your current decorations.
TIP: Place them at the bases of vases, on shelves, or on your fireplace mantel, but away from areas that could catch the leaves on fire.
Step 4: Create a vine of leaves Thread a bendable vine through the leaves. Then wrap the vine around a picture frame or braid it with a grapevine branch and make a wreath.
Step 5: Make place mats Cut paper grocery bags into place mats. Arrange the leaves under the place mats and rub red, orange, yellow, and brown crayons over the leaves. The veins of the leaves will appear as you rub. Place your autumnal mats around your table.
Step 6: Make magnets Attach magnets to the backs of the leaves with a glue gun and use your magnetized leaves as refrigerator magnets or place them on steel doors to add a touch of color throughout the house. Enjoy the season and the colors it brings.
FACT: Johnny Mercer wrote lyrics to the jazz standard "Autumn Leaves" in 1947.