Tuesday, September 25, 2007

falling leaves

Fall is here! And we have some grand colors this year. I love decorating for fall, putting a little burst of fall color in every corner of the house.

A few years ago, I volunteered to decorate the entry way of our local Pioneers' Home (senior center). They had a large dining table along one wall and lots of windows. I would spend hours looking through magazines, getting ideas to decorate for the different seasons. Then Tracy, my daughter, and I would do our craft projects on our lunch hours, and then decorate the room. It was so much fun.

One of my projects were falling leaves.

Here's what you'll need:

Fall colored leaves.

Velourish cord in fall colors.

Beads in fall colors; with holes.

Next, cut the cord into lengths from 6" to 12" depending on where you're going to hang them. I hang them in my windows, from light fixtures, from the handles on my kitchen cupboards, and from shelves. You'll want them to be varying lengths, so they look as if they're falling. Now, tie a knot on to one end.

Next, string beads on to the cord, pushing them down to the knot. You can put as many or as few as you want.

Lastly, push the leaf stem up into the beads. If the stem is too thin, it might slide out; if it's too fat, it won't fit; if it has a fat stub on the end, just cut it off. You can do a single leaf, two leaves, or three, just depending on how small the stems are and how much room you have to slide the stem up in to the bead.

And lastly.... hang them!


tracy said...

that was a fun project, wasn't it? this just reminds me, I need to dig out my "fall" box from the garage tonight.

Shelby said...

oh my goodness how pretty :)

Connie said...

Nice fall touch with the leaves. I love the homey look of your cupboard where they are hanging.

Julie said...

Sometimes down here is South Texas - we have to help fall along and that leaf project is just my cup of tea...even if I had to use a few fake leave of color!