When the season of fall hits, you are suddenly surrounded by an abundance of leaves. While they may seem like a ton of work to rake, the truth is not all of them need to end up in a leaf bag. Take a look below at 10 fun uses for fall leaves that you can try this fall season. Who knew that leaves could be so much fun?
10 Fun and Frugal Uses for Fall Leaves
1. Press or preserve them.
Gather your favorites and press them between wax paper or use the glycerin fall leaf preserving method we discussed here. This is a great way to remember the season and make sure the ones that caught your eye last forever.
2. Make massive yard pumpkins.
Find orange leaf bags and fill them up with leaves to make massive yard pumpkins. You can add a face with craft paint or even felt cut outs. Most home improvement stores carry these orange leaf bags around this time of year just for this use.
3. Stuff a scarecrow.
Gather some old clothes and stuff them full of leaves. Assemble the clothes into a body and craft your own scarecrow. You can fill a piece of scrap fabric with leaves for the head, add a hat, and you are ready to roll!
4. Frame some leaf rubbings.
Place a leaf under a piece of paper and rub over it with the side of a crayon. A beautiful leaf rubbing will appear, perfect for framing. In no time, you will have some fantastic instant artwork!
5. Make a fall vase.
You can use Mod Podge and decoupage some leaves to the outside of a vase. Just press the leaves to the glass and apply two coats of Mod Podge over them. They will be sealed to the glass and offer a natural, earthy look great for any space.
6.Make a napkin holder.
For your next fall gathering, wrap a large and colorful leaf around each guest’s napkin. Secure it in place with some thin ribbon or twine.
7. Make a fall banner.
Find your favorite leaves and create a hole in them with a hole puncher. Run string, ribbon, or twine through the hole and create a fun fall banner. This banner would look great draped from a mantel or the food table at your next party.
8. Have a leaf fight!
Kids love a good leaf fight. Have each team make their own pile of ammunition (leaves of course) and at the sound of the bell, go! Toss leaves at each other and try to steal the other team’s leaves.
9. Study them.
Allow children to collect an assortment of leaves. You can then study them under a magnifying glass, sketch them, measure them, and identify them using a field guide or the internet. There is so much to be learned from leaves.
10. Make a centerpiece.
A few twigs covered in fall leaves makes a fantastic centerpiece. Find a few nice twigs and hot glue your favorite finds to them. Arrange the twigs in a tall vase, and scatter extra leaves around the base. Perfect!
Give these 10 uses for fall leaves a try and see how much fun you can have! These are a great way to use all of those gorgeous leaves that would otherwise end up in a lawn bag.