Although I love California, the Autumn leaves do not compare in the slightest to the colors Michigan gets. And while I miss the bright oranges and bright reds there is one thing I don't miss.....the raking! My mom's house has a huge backyard and what was my job? Raking. And raking. Oh, and more raking. Bags upon bags stuffed with all the fallen leaves from the yard. It got the DIY nerd in me thinking about all the leaf craft projects out there.
Decorate candles with leaves using this tutorial. (my favorite!)
Preserve leaves in wax and hang them as a decoration.
Paint the leaves and make a wreath for any season.
Press the leaves as you would flowers and frame them as art.
Follow this tutorial to make beautiful leaves on canvas.
There's all kinds of tutorials online with that use leaves! So if you're stuck raking, you might as well get some fun out of it and use them to create something pretty!