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Fall Decorating with Pressed Leaves

Fall decorating with framed pressed leaves and a little bit of sand from the beach!

Fall leaf on beach

Fall Leaves burst with the warm colors of red, orange, yellow and brown, and as a kid I loved to capture and preserve some of that magic, pressing fall leaves between book pages.

Fall leaves pressed and framed
So when we got back from over-wintering in Florida in 2001 and ended up renting a little cottage in Oyster Bay Cove (Long Island), in the midst of majestic trees, the result was pressed Fall leaves framed as wall art.

leaves as wall art
And the leaves are still around, now hanging in the upstairs hallway in my current home -Fall decorating all year round!

pressed leaves framed
And the grainy background? It's fine white sand that I brought with me from Florida's gulf coast. I sprayed some glue on the cardboard, sprinkled them with the sand, then arranged the leaves and put the glass on top. Long Island meets Florida -and in both places we had a wonderful time!
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20 comments:

Tara Beaulieu said...

What a pretty and simple way to change out a room- and to be able to preserve special memories from both locations- terrific, I love it!

Design Elements said...

it's a really simple way! great

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Now, that's a clever idea! Enjoyed seeing this...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Maria Killam said...

What a great way to bring a personal memory into the house! Love it!
x
Maria

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I want some! The leaves don't change here :(

Marie said...

That's sentimental art...very clever. Too bad we don't have those gorgeous leaves here in my neck of the woods :-)
-marie

Heidiopia said...

Genius, Maya! These are lovely memories of two wonderful places and times. Fabulous idea :)

Fearless Nester said...

Oh those are so pretty in your hallway Maya! I love how you used the same color frames, and your sand idea is awesome! They really hold their color well too, who knew! ~Lili

Marie @ Sally Lee by the Sea said...

Those are wonderful, Maya - I had never thought of using sand like that...you're so crafty :o)

Happy Autumn, my beachy friend!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

The leaves look wonderful, but what really caught my attention was using the sand like that. My next trip to visit dad is coming up very soon...a little Siesta Key sand will be coming home with me.

Love of the Sea said...

When I was a little girl, I used to go and collect the most beautiful fall leaves and bring them to my Mom. Then she and I would take wax paper and press them in between two sheets and then iron them - with a warm iron and we would make pressed leaves. I forgot about that until tonight when I read this post. Thank you for reminding me of such an awesome time with my Mom.

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

These are so pretty. I love the combination of the leaves and the sand. I have the sand, now if only I had some fall color to preserve! Is it just the glass holding the leave?

DesignTies said...

Love your artwork!! Very clever to use the sand as the background for the leaves :-)

The fall colours are out in full force here. Too bad the leaves can't stay on the trees all winter -- would definitely brighten up the dark winter months!!

Kelly

P.S. You inspired my blog post for today :-)

Sherri said...

Maya, I just love this idea. How creative of you to use sand as the background! I just love it all!!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Is it just the glass holding the leave? I'm trying to remember..., I might have used a little bit of spray glue for the leaves too. Makes sense..., so they stay in place when putting the glass on top.

Emily @ Finding My Aloha said...

Just beautiful!

simpledaisy said...

Lovely:)

Tina said...

That is simple and beautiful. Love it. To answer your question about the starfish spider web, no I didnt end up putting it on a wreath. If I run out today, I may pick up one for it, but it looks so cute just proped up next to my white jars. Love the contrast. I'm honored you would want to feature it. Blessings
T

Really Rainey said...

Maya I love this project and the fact that you combined two trips and made such a beautiful memento. You couldn't have bought a more beautiful souvenir.

~Really Rainey~

theLENNOXX said...

Very pretty! I love the sand background, that's so creative!