Fall Foliage Flowers for Autumn Bouquets
If you are a crafty person who also likes to keep it simple, try making an autumn bouquet or a fall flower corsage. It's a neat project that granny can do with the children when everyone is down on the farm for the holidays.
You'll need some clear, sticky tape, some fallen leaves and some sticks.
We begin by taking a walk in the woods and looking for cool stuff. Don't rush it. Let the beauty come to you. Nature will mulch most of the dead leaves to make fertilizer for next year's growth so she won't miss a leaf or two that you and the kiddos happen to snap up on a crisp fall day.
Dry leaves are the best. Wet leaves might give rise to problems like mold and mildew.
In a pinch you could set up something to dry leaves but don't do it unless you have to. If you do some research it's not that hard to find people putting things in ovens or under warm irons but why create fire hazards and burn hazards if you don't have to. Besides, it's best if kids can participate in every part of the exercise. No responsible person lets kids near ovens or hot irons.
If your bouquet begins to fade or whither, you may trash it and make another.
There are various techniques you may try if you want to get your dried leaves to last. Some are more complicated than others and all should be tried only under close adult supervision.
You can try pressing the leaves between the pages of a book. You may try pressing the leaves with an iron. Some recommend microwaving the leaves. Various, oils, laminates, and lacquers can be tried. Some of this stuff gets messy so you will want to make sure that you don't muck up the tables or fireplace mantles that are supporting your fall foliage bouquet.
Be sure to allow for plenty of time for experimentation and getting it right. You would not want a child who is trying to prepare something nice for a school project discover the next morning that lacquer that looked clear the night before reacts with the sap in the tree parts and dries so opaquely that nothing can be seen through it. Best to learn that lesson on Saturday night so that on Sunday night your child can use methods that are surefire and which will almost certainly work.
There are any number of objects that can be made with your fall leaves and plants. A diorama or a poster for instance.
Be creative with the materials you use or include.
You can use glue or tape or whatever is handy.
You could add acorns and twigs and pine needles.
Too Much of Good thing.
In my view, you don't really want to see the tape holding things up or on on as we do here. There are a couple of ways to do this. One is to attach the tape to the backs of things so that it is invisible. Another is to use clear drying glues or lacquers. Still another is to use something like thin cardboard to display things and to stick objects like twigs into the cardboard for support. One more way if you are using something you can put holes into is to make tiny, minute wholes, thread them with thread so fine it cannot be seen and to hold everything on with threads.
Fake It Until You Make It
You should make many, many attempts since some will not be quite right. When it works, the result will be stunning--even to you.
Some of the more interesting attempts resemble other objects. For instance, a paint brush composed entirely of autumn leaves.
Sometimes it's hard to know what will look best in the fished product. Try photographing your masterpieces with several different kinds of backgrounds. For some arrangements a plain white background is best because it causes and emphasis on the colors and shapes of the Fall foliage corsage.
Some of what works best is entirely in the eye of the beholder. For me the best results happened when the leaves were simple with each of one color. For a different design than what we have hear you might want the actual patters that occurs on the leaf surface to pop out and dominate the space.
Notice that we are not limited in what we can bring in to bring out the beauty of the leaves. For instance, a white vase against a white background and really set off the dark fall colors by giving the suggestion of a object that is floating suspended in space. You might say we are trying create things like a since of space or motion or suspension depending on what we use and how we position objects.