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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
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.
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.
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.