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Pressed-Leaf Halloween Cards and Gift Tags

Today's chore -- raking the front yard -- is tomorrow's cheer when you turn pressed foliage into greeting cards or gift tags for bags of candy. Then you can let the wind (or really, the letter carrier or the Halloween spirit) carry them away.

Photography: Ditte Isager

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2010


  • Fresh leaves

  • Spray adhesive

  • Colored paper or note cards

  • Hole punch

  • Ribbon

  • Bag of candy


  1. Gather freshly fallen leaves with stems. If desired, use a pair of scissors to trim them into a pumpkin shape.

  2. With a craft knife, cut facial features. Snip the stems to preferred length.

  3. Dry for several days in a leaf press or sandwiched in newsprint inside a heavy book.

  4. Coat one side with spray adhesive, press onto colored paper or note cards, and let dry. For the tags, punch a small hole in the paper, thread with a ribbon, and tie to a bag of candy.

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