The color change in the foliage has signaled that autumn and the cool weather are here to stay. The onset of fall means that soon enough, the chilly weather will cause the beautiful colors of red, orange, and yellow to become a mess waiting to be cleaned up across your yard.
What’s the most time-efficient and beneficial way to handle all of these leaves? First of all, you don’t want to miss the peak leaf fall period for your respective region – there’s nothing worse than cleaning the yard only to realize a few days later the trees had more in store for you. Stay updated with your area’s leaf fall situation with this tool from weather.com.
Once the trees are bare, you’ve got to make a move on leaf pickup. Everyone knows it’s a pain, but the risks associated with leaving your yard a mess are more serious than you might think. To prove those days cleaning the yard were worthwhile, we’ve got some creative, do-it-yourself ideas for how to enhance your home with simply the leaves off the ground. No matter your artistic experience, these simple projects are easy to put together to give your home a distinct seasonal appearance.
Picture Frames: Change up the usual lineup of photographs you have lined on your shelves with some festive additions. Possibly the simplest of ways to add some fall to your home, leaf fixtures are a sleek way to transform a living room. Collect some leaves from the yard, press them between the pages of a heavy book to flatten them out to place inside a picture frame, and you’re ready to make a new accent piece for a mantle or shelf.
Wreaths: Don’t wait for the winter holidays to break out ornamental wreaths. Give your home a harvest look with wreaths made from leaves and other plant-life of the season. All that’s needed is a hot-glue gun and a wicker base. Then, you can get creative with arranging the leaves, acorns, clippings, etc. in a visually unique way.
Vases: When people think of vases, they think of filling them with roses, tulips, or other vibrant flowers of the early gardening season. Why not mix it up to stay in theme with autumn by using smaller branches from a tree with changing leaves? A nice twist on a classic piece of nature décor, a vase with the dark red and orange colors of September and October quickly transition your home to a cool fall. You can even get creative with what you use for a vase – think bottles and other repurposed containers.
While playing in the newly fallen leaves is fun while it lasts, you’re going to have to clean them up at some point before the winter sets in. It only makes sense, then, that you find a way to put them to good use. In addition to using leaves for compost and other yard improvement, there are numerous ways to use leaves for aesthetic home enhancement. Rather than buying expensive pieces, stick to your home’s resources and create affordable options for decorating in season.