It wasn’t difficult to find armloads of natural “stuff” but the question was: what to do with it? A good trick to remember is that anything ordinary, such as a pile of fallen leaves, can look beautifully modern when arranged en masse. Raid your home for a container (don’t forget to look at a consignment store for some cheap finds) and let your inner florist take over. In the photos you’ll see that no serious arranging was done; just a nice container and some dried yard debris. Rocks, sticks and other fallen items like acorns can also be great vase fillers.
Some practical advice:
- Don’t cut or take anything without permission from the property owner.
- Rinse leaves and sticks to remove unwanted dirt and bugs.
- For curly leaves just let them air dry. For flat leaves, place single leaves between sheets of newspaper and pile on some heavy books. Let dry inside for a day or so then remove.
Photos taken by author. Natural items shown were taken from author’s yard with her own permission.