Autumn leaves are often used to add texture and color to fall arrangements, but they’re especially appealing as a centerpiece for the table. This maple leaf bouquet, originally seen on Design Skool, is not only bright and seasonal, itís so easy that even a child can make one. See below for the simple steps on how to make your own. For more decorating ideas, visit Remodelista.
Step 1: Gather your leaves.
Step 2: Arrange the leaves facing the same direction; since leaves are so light and have such short stems, you need to pack them into the vase tightly. Note that even in water, fallen leaves will dry out and curl after only a day or two. Like any flower, they will retain their moisture, shape, and color for several days if you refrigerate them. For a simple and inexpensive vase, consider the Sockerart Vase from Ikea; $9.99.
Step 3: Although itís more work, you can also dry the leaves. To avoid curling, weight the leaves with something heavy, like a pie plate.
The best part of this arrangement? It’s free!