Decorating for Fall with Natural Elements, Part Two: Branches and Leaves

I absolutely love to decorate with natural elements. You can usually find dried curly willow in a vase someplace in my home at any time throughout the year. Like on my fall mantel:
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My goal for this weekend is to find some pretty branches and leaves. How easy would it be to just stop at a local park and pick up some FREE decor??? It’s fun for the kids too – it’s a win-win!
Here are a few idea for decorating with leaves and branches that I found (there are so many creative ideas out there!). This is the second in a series on decorating for fall with natural elements. See the first installment here.
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Here are just a few of the fabulous ideas I found for decorating for fall with branches and leaves.


Twigs and candles
Hot glue twigs to the outside of a glass vase. So pretty, but the fire freak inside me is a little scared at this one! via pulchritudefest
Twigs in a wreath
I’ve long admired this starburst wreath made from twigs at The Painted Hive.
Twigs in a frame
Cleverly Inspired simply added some branches to the back of a garbage sale picture frame. Very CLEVER!
Pumpkins and branch on a table
Jenna shows you how to make this beautiful log candle holder at SAS Interiors.
A white vase filled with flowers
Add some color by not removing the leaves from the branches.
via Fox Hollow Cottage
Fall decor on a dining table
Add some preserved leaves to a rustic burlap runner for an instant color boost.
Urban Comfort shows you how, and where to find the preserved leaves for cheap.
Wreath and squash on a mantel
The Space Between shows us how to make the gorgeous dried leaf wreath. This would be a great one to go outdoors with your kids on a leaf hunt!

Of course I can’t leave out Kate @ Salvage Dior with her branch magic. She’s been known to make her hubby stop the truck to pick up gorgeous branches she spots from afar! This one is her favorite. It adds the perfect amount of rustic fall beauty to a tablescape or to any vignette.

A made white bed in a room 
Gorgeous white branches atop some moss.
 A clock, branches, and moss sitting on top of a wooden table

Or branches stuck in an urn.

Branches in an urn next to a chair

Each brings an element of the outdoors in.

I hope you enjoyed part two of my series on fall decorating with natural elements. See you next week for part three!

Kristin Maxwell

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