Monday, October 26, 2009

Fall Decor

So, I ran across this post on waxing fall leaves the other day and thought to myself, self, that looks like a lot of fun.
And I sure love the fall colors, so bringing them inside is a clever and (nearly) free decor idea.

Step 1) Gather leaves

I'm sure I have some sort of compulsive disorder. I wiped off the leaves and then sorted by color/coolness.

Step 2) you need some wax.
Yeah, I didn't know where to get it either.
The post said to get wax from the canning area of your local grocery store.
Well, I was seriously unsure if my local grocery store had a canning section.
Turns out it did.

It came in this little box. $2.99, not bad.
There were 4 blocks in the box. I melted 3, should have done only 2.

Step 3) Melt in disposable pan on stove.

Step 4) dip leaf into melted wax.

I shook it off a little after, but don't get too crazy or you will have little droplets of wax to clean off in the most unlikely places. Not that I speak from experience or anything.

Step 5) put on wax paper.
Shoot, no wax paper.
Improvise....yes. Enter tin foil. Works like a charm.

Spiffy leaves, huh?

Step 6) sprinkle at random throughout the house.

I made my dining light into a leaf mobile, sweet.

Step 7) look at leaves inside, get happy. Look at leaves outside, get happy.


Ashley Cooper said...

Oh my gosh, I love love love it! When are you gonna come do my house? :)

Carmen said...

Hmmm...let me look at my schedule...unfortunately a trip to Utah doesn't seem to be in the works until Christmas, which I conclude is beyond prime leaf gathering time :)

Sheena Chaston said...

I love it! You've inspired me.

katie k said...

oh girl once you have dipped one thing on melted wax, its hard to stop... you can put wax dye in there (from michaels) and do all sorts of things.... check my blueeyedfreckle blog I think i posted something last november... and was obsessed with doing entire displays with wax while at anthro.... (you can dip doilies, lace and make "snowflakes" for winter, etc).. anyway, looks great! oh and check out andy goldsworthy, he's an artist that uses leaves to make outdoor art pieces. very cool

Carmen said...

Katie, I think you are right, I am hooked. Thanks for the tips, I want to play now.

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