Tuesday, September 17, 2013

ten ways to get creative with Fall foliage…



Are you gathering your sticks and leaves and berries on your walks? I sure hope so.


This is the trail that I run on with Stella.

Now that the weather is beginning to change I love to scope out the trails while I’m on them and lately I’ve been stopping to pick up some pretty sticks and branches. Are you a collector too?

Today I thought I’d show you what I did with my little pile of sticks. I also want to show you ten ways to decorate using simple-to-find objects from the outdoors. I mean,  really, truly easy to find items.

1. Sticks. Use them to make a rustic candle




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My Woodland Candle in front of a vintage oil painting…


mixing rustic and shiny textures.


2. Feathers. I filled a thrift store vase with a few…



3. Berries. I brought them inside and put them into a pretty pitcher (HERE)



4. As the colors begin to change…you can start gathering leaves for vases





5. stick the leaves right into your flower centerpiece



6. decorate your entrance with them



7. work them into your tablescapes..


8. tie a leaf to a votive candle


9. Fill a old urn with pussy willows and dried hydrangeas



10. pick up branches—big and small-- and create a natural centerpiece…

How about you?

Have you discovered anything amazing lately?






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Art and Sand said...

We rarely see anything but sand and broken sand dollars on our beach walks. I am looking for driftwood to use as cloth pumpkin stems. If I find the right sizes, I might make the woodland candle - it looks so pretty.

Sunflowers With Smiles said...

Hi Leslie,

Lovely fall inspiration, loving the warm colors. I live the natural leaf idea in vases too! I have a similar candle but it is made with driftwood. Have a lovely week.

Holly @ Down to Earth Style said...

EYE CANDY! Love your stick candle makeover. Gotta do that.

michele said...

love the simple leaf candle. helps me get into the spirit of fall since i am usually dragged into autumn kicking and screaming.

gorgeous ideas and projects!


Blondie's Journal said...

Your post is really putting me in the mood! I want to find some nice long stems with colored leaves for vases, I never seem to have much luck in that department though. Thanks for the ideas! :)


ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Leslie I love your woodland candle!! I'll be looking for sticks and twigs on my walk tomorrow morning;)

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

There is a ton of inspiration here! LOVE it!

Donna@anangloinquébec said...

What a great simple idea for the candle. I have seen those in cute little shops but never thought to make one. Love it.
I am just getting rolling on some fall decorating. Sort of waiting on the completion of some outdoor projects and then I have plans.:) Love plans!!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Such lovely inspiration photos, Leslie! I want to make that fun candle! I did find something fun...a beautiful ring-tailed hawk feather in our backyard!

Stacey said...

I just can't wait for it to start feeling like fall here...99 degrees today in the Dallas area. Ugh!! Starting next week I'm just going to pretend it's fallish and start incorporating some of your great ideas.

chillcat said...

It's not really autumn here yet either. I'm still wearing my bright blue summer nail polish on my toes and have just put away my sandals. Lovely candle idea. We have a big wedding party here in a few weeks and after I tidy up the garden I'll be coming to you for inspiration! Xcat

Wanda @ Just Vintage said...

I've just now found your blog and am your newest Bloglovin' follower!

Love the sticks around the candle. I might have to try that one.

Linda said...

Love all the inspiration here.
Hmmmm guess I'm going looking for twigs.
Love the quote: just might borrow it....

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

Leslie, you have compiled a great set of inspirational photos, I cannot wait to try a few! I love the sticks! That is an easy idea for people like me.

I hope that you have a fabulous weekend!

Xx Elizabeth

Unknown said...

oh how i missed you leslie!
this blog post was just what i needed today.
you know, i just love to come over and visit your pictures of your decor no matter what season it is. as soon as this 90 degree weather leaves i am gonna find my 'inner leslie' and get decorating for fall.

hope all is well!!!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Fall is just so beautiful! And I'm totally going to go out and collect some sticks tomorrow!

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