Since collecting and drying leaves is one of my favorite fall crafty things to do, I pulled off the best looking leaves and brought them inside to dry. Basically all I do is place the leaves in wax paper in between pages of a big, heavy book. Usually it takes about a week for them to be pressed flat and ready to use.
I love to collect leaves from different places that are important to me. When I was young, I'd collect leaves from my grandmother's house. More recently, I have dried leaves that I saved from our first home. I made a garland out of those leaves and every fall it goes up on our headboard (mentioned in an earlier post here).
Aside from drying the leaves, I think the branches make great decorations as well. It's a good way to bring the outdoors in and add a touch of natural fall decor to your home.
I'm not sure how long the leaves will stay good inside, but it will be beautiful while it lasts. As long as the cats don't get to it first!
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