Capturing the beauty of fall is often difficult or time consuming. Creating the perfect table dressing to celebrate the brightly colored changes can end up being costly. However, creating this five minute fall leaf centerpiece is neither difficult, time consuming, or costly. Plus, it’s a fun way to spend time together as a family.
The great thing about this craft is that it was really fast to do, fun for the kids to join in, and all done in about five minutes.
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Here’s what is needed:
Tree branches with the pretty fall leaves
1 quart sized Mason jar
3 or 4 cups of sawdust, newspapers, or other filling material
12 inches of burlap fabric
18 inches of a fall colored rickrack ribbon (I used red)
12 inches of heavy twine
First, gather all supplies together. Take a look at the branches and cut them to differing heights. Remember, height is a big part of centerpiece design. Be aware of where the heights of the different colors in the design will be once the centerpiece is completed. Also, pay attention to how the centerpiece will be displayed. If the piece is for a dining table or dinner environment, then make sure the piece is created more horizontally than vertically. If the piece will be for an entryway or display table, then vertical will work well.
I let my fifth grader cut the branches using a pair of kitchen scissors. I let her choose where to cut the branches (but I had her show me before she cut the branch.)
While she was working on the branches, I had my preschooler scoop the sawdust into the Mason jar. The whole point of the sawdust is to support the branches. Other options could be marbles, crumpled newspapers, or even florist foam. I chose sawdust because I had it on hand and I was going for a more “natural” look. The stuffing will be covered by the burlap, so it doesn’t matter too much what is put in the jars.
I let my third grader cut the burlap and my first grader cut the twine. My fifth grader cut the rickrack. All the cutting took place while we were waiting for the preschooler to finish stuffing the jar. (As I said, this is a fast craft).
After the stuffing had been stuffed, we picked out branches from the ones my fifth grader had prepared. Then we pushed the branches into the jar. Mommy did do a little moving and rearranging to get the right look.
Once the leaves were placed in the jar, I had my preschooler wrap the jar with the burlap, while my first grader wrapped the rickrack around the outside of the burlap. I tied a double knot, then slipped the twine behind the rickrack and tied a bow over the top.
The Finished Product
That’s all there is to it! Voila, a fantastically festive fall leaf centerpiece. The kids got to help create something beautiful for the fall season and now some of what makes fall so beautiful is part of our home.