As gardeners, we love the fiery fall displays our deciduous trees and shrubs offer in autumn. Fall foliage looks just as stunning indoors and it’s a great idea to set out autumn leaves as decorations. Fall leaf décor works well as part of Halloween celebrations, but it’s not limited to holidays. Read on for some creative ideas on decorating with fall foliage.
Fall Leaf Decorations
The leaves of many trees turn red, orange, and yellow hues as summer yields to fall and their stunning colors make impressive fall leaf decorations. You can do something as simple as cutting a few tall branches and putting them in a vase on the dining table. Use a craft spray to preserve the foliage a few extra days.
Alternatively, forget the vase and just set out sprigs of autumn leaves on the fireplace mantle or coffee table. Or use individual leaves from various trees of different sizes, shapes, and colors. You can add small pumpkins or other fall veggies for a more complex display.
Using Autumn Leaves as Decoration
When you are setting out pinecones, interesting seed pods, and gourds for a fall display, it’s a challenge to bring all of the elements together. One way to handle this challenge is to use a long garland of autumn leaves, weaving the supple stem in and out of the other items. Add a few candles too, just keep them far from the dry leaves when lit.
Why not create a wreath for the door in brilliant shades of autumn? Pick some of the best and brightest from your pile of raked leaves in the backyard or on the street. Attach groups of them to a wreath form with wire, tape, or pins, mixing and matching the colors in a way that pleases you.
Fall leaf décor can take many forms. When you decide to start decorating with fall foliage, consider using the leaves individually rather than in groups. For example, a large, beautiful leaf can serve as an unusual place card for a special mean. Just use your best cursive to ink each guest’s name on a leaf, then put in on top of a dinner plate at the table.
Another way to create unique fall leaf décor at a dining table is to circle each plate with a border of individual leaves. Do the same thing with a cake, using the leaves as a beautiful garnish. One last suggestion is to suspend individual leaves from a shelf, mantle, or branch on thin string or fishing line to create a fall foliage mobile.
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Teo Spengler has been gardening for 30 years. She is a docent at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Her passion is trees, 250 of which she has planted on her land in France.