I’m trying my best to celebrate fall, but ya’ll, with temperatures still in the upper 80’s, it’s a challenge! It just doesn’t seem like fall when you’re wearing flip-flops and running the air conditioner all day – and night.
Last week I decided I’d try to find some fall-colored leaves because I wanted to update a project from several years ago when the leaves were stunning.
To my pleasant surprise, I was able to find quite a few gorgeous leaves at the park that had decided to do fall anyway. And with my leaf press in tow, I got them pressed right on the spot. (By the way, did you catch my Facebook Live last week where I shared how to make your own leaf press?)
Of course, there was a thrift store find involved. You knew that, didn’t you? 🙂
I picked these potentially cute little collage frames up for $2.25
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And…of course…they had to get a paint job too, which I’m sure you saw coming as well because if it doesn’t move, I’ll paint it!
To save trouble, I removed the hinges from the folding frame and just reattached them when I finished. That was so much easier than trying to tape them off perfectly.
I checked my supply and was glad to find that I had enough Rust-Oleum’s Camouflage khaki to give the frames a few coats.
After the frames were dry, I grabbed a few sheets of white card stock and my favorite paper trimmer. You may remember me singing the praises of my trimmer in this post. This thing does an amazing job of creating clean, straight cuts every single time! And that’s huge for someone who has a real problem with cutting straight (like me).
Yes, that’s an acorn there on the cardboard. These things fall in our yard ALL. DAY. LONG. It’s like a little acorn shower throughout the day and we’ve been hit on the head a time or two. 🙂
I was eager to see how the leaves turned out. They were only in the press for 4-1/2 days, but they were perfectly dry. That’s one of the things I love best about my homemade leaf presses. You can really cinch them down tight, giving you a quick and sure press. And, it preserves those gorgeous colors perfectly.
Of course I was only able to use a few of the leaves I had pressed, so I got to play around with a few arrangements until I found what would work and what I loved.
After the leaves were in their places, I gave each of them a few dots of Elmer’s glue to keep them still, then reassembled the frames.
I decided to put them in my kitchen window because, hey, I’ll certainly see them often there! And, to create that candlelight ambiance I love so much, I added a few more pieces from my Fall Window Candles collection.
These pressed framed leaves will last for years! I wish I could remember when I made my first collage, but I know it was more than 6 years ago, and they’re still bright and gorgeous.
So I’ll hang onto these as reminders of the fall that tried hard not to come – but did anyway.
What about you? Are there bright, gorgeous fall leaves where you live?
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