Capture Fall Colors With Natural Crafts

Capture Fall Colors With Natural Crafts

This autumn, take inspiration from the colors outside to create your own fall-themed decorations. Here are a few ideas to bring nature’s finest offerings into your home.

Take it or ‘leaf’ it
What better way to add some color to your interior design than with the beautiful red and gold tones of autumn leaves? Collect fallen twigs and leaves in your yard or at a nearby park to create a seasonal wreath from all-natural materials. Gently bend twigs into a circular shape and secure them with twine or yarn, then glue on your foliage collection in overlapping patterns to create depth. For added character, look for other outdoor items with diverse shapes and textures, such as acorns or other nuts, pine needles or evergreen branches, and flowers or ivy. By autumn, many perennial plants have long since shed their flowers, but others, like chrysanthemums, are in their peak. The fall bloomers come in varying types and colors, and can be added to wreaths or garlands. Other autumn blossoms include coneflowers and black-eyed Susans.

Front and center
Natural plant material can provide the perfect finishing touches to any autumn table. Evergreen boughs or leaf wreaths complement a fruit bowl or basket, and varied nuts, fruit and foliage can be set into a clear vase to create a simple but elegant custom centerpiece. If you’re thinking of incorporating candles into your design, remember to use caution because natural material can become highly flammable when dried. For Thanksgiving, create a holiday centerpiece by filling a cornucopia with fruits, nuts, flowers and calico corn. The best part? When your centerpiece begins to lose its shine or you want to switch up your style with something new, the natural components of your creation can be returned to nature. Talk about eco-friendly!

Finishing touches
Although sticking with materials found in nature is easy on your budget and the environment, a visit to your local craft store may reveal additions that can let your personal flair shine. Garlands and wreaths can be dressed up with ribbon or bows, and clear sprays can weather-proof your decorations for outdoor embellishments. For a twist on the traditional jack-o’-lantern, grab a can of metallic spray and a stencil, or brush your pumpkin with glue and sprinkle it liberally with glitter. For crafting with children, pick up some googly eyes and pipe cleaners, which can be attached to create pumpkin and gourd “animals.” A few simple touches can turn everyday items into works of art.