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DIY: autumn leaf bunting

Autumn is my favorite season, yet I haven’t truly been able to experience one for several years as I’ve been residing in sub-tropical and tropical locations [the love for the season stems from my upbringing in the piney woods of East Texas]. But when I took my regular beachcombing stroll last week, I noticed our tropical plants raining down leaves of red and brown hues. So I gathered several, thinking there was surely a way to incorporate them into my home decor for the season. Low and behold, there was a way: a leaf bunting, of course! So, here’s a VERY easy three step do-it-yourself to the perfect autumn leaf bunting!

All you need are several leaves, some embroidery floss and a large needle. Simple recipe for a basic and natural home decoration for the season!
Three easy steps to creating the perfect autumn leaf bunting from gathered leaves (use any sturdy, thick leaves! I’m using sea grapes and almond leaves collected from the beach). Here are your very basic steps below:

You’ll be surprised how beautiful it really looks when displayed in your home! Mine is hanging over the window of my kitchen sink. The usual winter holidays and events don’t always feel quite the same when living on a tropical island where the weather swing is only by about 5 degrees on the 80s-90s Fahrenheit scale [I’m not complaining, I promise! I just love Autumn like you guys too haha]. So try something new for me this season – bring in all those crunchy, crispy fall colored leaves into your home for a little natural uplift. I know they won’t last for months, but at least enjoy them while you can.
Stay tuned for a giveaway this week!!!

In the meantime, want some more Autumn inspiration? Check out these previous posts:
Pumpkin love culinary treats
Lavender latte + duffin recipes
Shades of Clay Etsy round-up


Until tomorrow,

This entry was posted in: diy


Chelsea is a marine scientist in Puerto Rico. Her interests include invasive species ecology, fish biology and ecology and marine protected area management. She is a co-founder of the only field course coordination company in Puerto Rico - Isla Mar Research Expeditions.


  1. Fall is my favorite season, too, and I love this! I can even imagine myself misting it with metallic gold spray paint after Thanksgiving and keeping it up as a Christmas decoration.

    One question: Did you need to do anything special to dry the leaves, or were they perfectly dried when you found them?


  2. now I know what to do with the huge oak leaves I found in the yard yesterday! thanks for the inspiration….and yes jen…..spraying them so they can stay up longer!!!


  3. Hey Jen! Yes after I collected the leaves, I laid them out in the sun to dry. You can also spray them with a clear coat to help keep their color and form. I like your idea of the gold spray paint too! That would also look really lovely on pine cones in a vase too :)


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