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Fall

Explore 1968 recipes, 310 projects, 197 articles, 161 galleries, 164 videos, and more

Preserving Leaves

Steps:5
Materials
  • Cut branches with leaves
  • Pruning clippers or handsaw
  • Hammer
  • Deep bucket
  • pH testing kit (lemon juice or powdered lime, if pH is off)
  • Glycerin (available at local drugstores)
  • Surfectant, such as Spreader Sticker (available at local garden centers)
  • Florist's wire; wreath form
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Vintage Paper Leaf Wreath

Steps:7
Other Ideas:
Crafting and DIY, Paper, Wreaths
Turn an old book into a whimsical wreath with this creative idea from our Handmade Gift Contest winner, Emily Morris.
Materials
  • Leaf template
  • Scissors
  • Cardstock
  • Pencil
  • Old book with at least 100 yellowed pages, pages removed
  • Craft glue
  • 24-gauge floral wire, cut to 5-inch lengths
  • Pressed real leaves (optional, from naturespressed.com)
  • 20-gauge floral wire
  • Brown floral tape
  • 1/8-inch tan quilling paper
  • Acorn caps
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • Ribbon for bow
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Pillowcase Pumpkin Costume

Steps:8
This simple but adorable pumpkin costume can be made using an ordinary pillowcase in about 1 1/2 hours.
Materials
  • Pumpkin face template
  • Stem hat template
  • Orange pillowcase
  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pins
  • White chalk pencil
  • Spool of thread
  • 1/4 yard brown felt
  • 1/2 yard green felt
  • Fabri-tac
  • Orange cording
  • Sewing machine
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Glittered Leaves in a Box

Steps:5
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Paper Pumpkins

Steps:6
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Petal Masks and Cap

Steps:10
Materials
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Plastic mask
  • For the Poppy Mask:Fabric roses
  • Fabric (such as velvet)
  • Utility knife
  • Beads
  • Ribbon
  • For the Pink Petal Mask and Cap:Vintage paper flower petals
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Thin branch
  • Skull cap
  • Wired paper leaves
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A Walk in the Woods: Leaf Activities for Kids

Steps:2
A fall hike along a backcountry trail engages the mind and the senses, but it's also just plain fun.
Materials
  • Resealable plastic bag to carry leaves and other finds
  • Field guide for identifying species of trees in the forest
  • Homemade leaf press for bringing collected leaves home
  • Magnifying lens to inspect specimens up close
  • Colored pencils or crayons for bark rubbings and labeling leaves (don't forget a sharpener)
  • Field notebook and eraser for notes, rubbings, and sketches
  • Bag and binoculars to carry gear and spy on birds and wildlife (a bag in a bright color is less likely to be left behind)
  • Compass to make following the trail map easier
  • Blanket for laying out provisions at lunchtime
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Pearlescent Painted Napkins Tied Up with Stars

These easy-to-make ties -- satin cord trimmed with starlike dried sweetgum fruits -- are an ...
These easy-to-make ties -- satin cord trimmed with starlike dried sweetgum fruits -- are an elegant accompaniment to hemstitched napkins embellished with silver or lavender fabric paint. The "stars" are spray-painted white and attached to the cord's ends with a hot-glue gun.
Source:Martha Stewart Living, November 2009
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