Fall Foliage DIY

It’s Fall y’all! We love tree’s and cattle and decorating for fall!

A new season is upon us; time for snuggly sweaters, hot cider, and all things pumpkin. Perhaps the image most synonymous with Fall would be the beautiful colors found in nature at this time of year with the leaves on the trees beginning to change from green to red, yellow, orange, brown and every shade in between. There are many ways to enjoy the fall foliage; from a beautiful scenic drive to a meandering stroll through your neighborhood, and with a little inspiration, and a small collection of your favorite fall leaves you can even incorporate nature’s beauty into some quick and easy do-it-yourself craft projects for your home.

Here are a few simple and inexpensive ways to get festive and creative with your fall foliage.

Leaf Rubbings

Appreciate the beauty of nature with this simple craft that is fun for all ages.

Supplies: Interesting leaves of all shapes and sizes, lightweight paper, colored pencils or crayons, clear contact paper (optional), notecards and glue sticks (optional)

Place your favorite leaves underneath the lightweight paper and bring the unique patterns to life by rubbing over the top of the paper with the side of a crayon or colored pencil. Young children love to see the leaves begin to show up like magic. If you want to take the project a step further, you can “laminate” the rubbings using the clear contact paper and make bookmarks or placemats, or you might choose to cut out your leaf prints and apply them to a notecard for a festive touch.

Leaf Garland

Decorate any space, large or small, with this elegant leaf garland.

Supplies: Interesting leaves of all shapes and sizes with stems attached, twine/jute/cotton string.

Measure an appropriate length of string to meet your decorating need (across your fireplace mantel, for example). Leave a few extra inches as the string will become shorter as you tie knots. Choose your first leaf and tie it by the stem onto your string. Continue, spacing leaves as you wish and varying sizes and colors according to your desired look. You can make delicaite mini-garlands using cotton string and small leaves, or make a garland with more presence by tying larger leaves onto jute or twine.

Fall Wreath

Give your home an inviting and festive touch with this Fall wreath.

Supplies: A wire wreath frame, leaves with long stems, 2-3 inch wide wire-edged ribbon, hot glue gun and glue (optional), silk flowers/berries/ribbon for added embellishment (optional).
Tightly wrap the ribbon around the wire frame, overlapping about one inch with each rotation. Completely cover the frame in this way and knot the end of the ribbon on the backside of the wreath. Choose your leaves and tuck the stems into the “pockets” created by the overlapping ribbon. Continue around the frame adding more leaves until you reach the desired fullness. You can use a hot glue gun to tack down any loose leaves and to add additional embellishments if desired.

Tis the season to take a walk, breathe the crisp fall air, gather a few leaves and get crafty!

Cattle and Tree’s

We can all agree that trees are special, right? I think that The Arbor Foundation would agree with me. I mean that have that whole Tree City USA program, urging cities to be greener. At AC CAttle Company we love Cattle and we Love Tree’s! So we’ll be talking a lot about both! To learn more about us, head on over to our about section.

I live in one of those cities, and I love it! We hope that this blog inspires you to love trees as well. We want you to learn how to care for your trees, what tree services in Oklahoma City to call for aid in caring for your trees.

Trees reduce the number of urban heat islands within cities. Trees produce moisture into the air from their leaves aiding in cooling down the air around it. Having a tree’s shade to cover your home can quickly reduce the amount of heat permeating your house. In the summertime that’s a big deal, especially if you do not have air conditioning, therefore lowering your energy cost by about 30%.

Trees give us humans so many other things like paper, furniture, or REAL maple syrup! A tree increases the value to your property by about $7,000. Some trees leaves are ideal for mulching your garden and flower beds. And there is that oxygen production thing too, 260 pounds of oxygen to be exact. Two mature trees can provide enough oxygen for a family of 4.

The amount of carbon a tree can absorb in a year’s time is equivalent to one car being driven 26,000mi. In a tree’s lifetime, it can absorb 1 ton of carbon dioxide.
Are you feeling the arbor love yet?

Did you know that tree-lined streets can make you happier? It’s true. In general, a tree-lined street clams and slows traffic down. Meaning that tree-lined street you live on is safer because of its deciduous beauty. Not to mention that time of year where the leave change color before. Like many others, that is my favorite time of year.
So please go forth and explore our little blog. We dare you to discover your love for trees. Maybe you’ll hug a tree after reading a post in this blog. But most of all we want you to learn about all things tree and tree related.

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