Crafting: Autumn Leaves & Linky

By Kate Riley September 24, 2010

Oh happy day, so glad it’s Friday!  I took a brisk walk this morning to clear the cobwebs after dropping my kids off at school.  This fall day could not be any more lovely, with bright blue skies, a gentle breeze, and turning leaves rustling in the trees.  I plan to spend most of this weekend outdoors enjoying this autumn weather.  The semi annual Antique Fair is also this weekend, so I’ll be browsing that just for fun.

This is the perfect time of year for crafting with fall leaves.   If you’re looking for a fun and inexpensive project, take a peek at these creations from last year.


fall leaves crafts

1. autumn leaves windcatcher; 2. fall leaves on canvas, 3. thankful banner.


Here’s a few more weekend craft ideas to bring the feel of fall into your home with leaves:

Use double sided tape to adorn basic hurricanes

chinease pistache leaves on glass sunset


Fashion a wreath with fresh clippings

chinease pistache leaves sunset


Fill a rustic or galvanized container with branches

pb leaves and pumpkins


Set a table with some colorful garland

mixed leaf garland pb


Fill a hurricane with a candle and freshly fallen leaves

pottery barn vase filler


  Layer bundles of branches on your porch

leaf branches pottery barn


Drape a simple garland along a table, mantel, or edge of a counter

leaf garland bhg


Learn how to preserve leaves in wax and then make a mobile to rustle in the breeze

hanging leaves dipped in wax martha


Suspend them from your dining room chandelier . . .

hanging leaves country living


Display some fall color above your mantel

autumn wreath country living


Or learn how to press leaves here

pressed leaves country living


Then frame them on your wall.

pressed leaves

Image credit:  Sunset x 2; Pottery Barn x 4; BH&G: Martha; Country Living x 4


Have you crafted anything with fall leaves?

Where have you decorated with leaves this season ?   

Let’s see !

Here’s an impromptu linky party for those of you like me who can’t get enough of decorating with those autumn leaves!  Link party active through Monday September 27th. 

Before I forget, there’s an interview with me over at Pepper Design, be sure to pop on over and say hello!

Happy Autumn Weekend ~  now let’s get to linking!


  1. those are lovely!! i definitely want to use some of these ideas!
    too bad it’s still blazing hot here in georgia! no colorful leaves yet …

  2. So many wonderful fall ideas here! My favorite time of year. I am already making plans for Halloween and how I will decorate. Have fun!

  3. Kate, what a fun idea for an impromptu party!

    I love the things you’ve done with leaves. I am so grateful for autumn leaves–we have some leaves starting to turn, and I trust that these are a harbinger of cooler weather to come! I made a swag for my front door from magnolia leaves, so I linked that up.

    Yesterday I needed a gift bag and didn’t have one on hand that I particularly liked–so I took a plain brown Kraft paper bag and hot-glued on a few of those preserved leaves you find at craft stores. (I’m not sure what they’re made of, but they look so real!) Anyway, it made a lovely presentation for an autumn gift.

    Glad you had a good trip to NYC. Now have a wonderful weekend in sunny CA!

  4. We get very few fall leaves here, but oh how I remember making those wax leaves when I was younger! They’re gorgeous in the light.

  5. Kate, I came back a second time and added a link to my autumn leaf pillows. . . they’re not made with real leaves, of course, but they are salient to this theme, so I hope that’s okay. Thank you for the chance to link–it means a lot for a little blog like mine to get even a thumbnail of exposure here.

    Take care and have a great weekend!

  6. Such pretty ideas. My leaves aren’t changing quite yet, but when they do…I love to bring them in the house just for the added color.

  7. Even though it’s 90 degrees outside today, I ‘m truly in the mood for fall. I was so inspired by your post today. I recently moved from Florida, where fall never happened, I’m ready to change some things up in my home. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Love your blog,


  8. I love Fall! You have some great inspiration here, Kate! I hope to start my decorating tomorrow. I’ll be going to the Antique Fair in Petaluma on Sunday! Maybe I could meet you and say hello in person!

  9. Hi Kate! Thank you so much for hosting this party! I love looking at all the inspirational ideas! Have a great weekend! Angie xo

  10. Hi Kate,
    This is my favorite season. I’m definitely going to check out your link above on preserving leaves in wax. They’re just gorgeous.

    I think we’re sort of neighbors. I live in the East Bay and pass through your neck of the woods on the way to visit my Mom up in Lake County.

    Happy Fall!

  11. I’m at the opposite end ( spring) but only just getting any blooms to put around the house. twigs, leaves even grasses of different colours and textures always look great in a clear bottle or vase because they add colour that we dont expect. Autumn leaves are special though…enjoy! cheers kari

  12. Hi Kate,
    I’ve been reading your blog for a while and I find you so inspiring :) I think since I’ve started reading it, I’ve spray painted about half of everything in my house white LOL;)
    Anyways, I just have a question about all your fall leaves decor. If you use real leaves, won’t they shrivel up and lose their colour pretty fast? Or do you use silk leaves from a craft store?

  13. I love all of the looks of these projects, cant wait to take some time today and sit and visit all of the participants. I love fall and all projects that bring fall into the home.

  14. Kate – I love fall inspiration. It’s still 90 here, so it’s hard to decorate for fall yet, but I know I need to get on it. I added a link with a twist…not quite your typical leaf decor, but inspired by special leaves, none the less. So fun to read about your NYC trip. :)

  15. Hi Kate! Happy Birthday! Looks like you had a fabulous day!! I want to thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving such a sweet comment! You are such a kind person, and when I know that you have several thousand readers, it means a lot to me that you would take the time to visit and leave a comment! I am glad you liked my home tour…that’s a real compliment since your home is so gorgeous! Have a great Monday!! Angie xo

  16. Your autumn leaf decorating ideas are gorgeous… kind of makes me wish I didn’t live in south Florida this time of year where the tropical flowers are still in bloom and the palm trees are always green. I think I need to go to the beach tomorrow as an antidote for being so wistful for your lovely wine country Fall!!! I’ll just have to celebrate the season vicariously! :)

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