This colorful hanging lamp is made from fallen autumn leaves and a section of salvaged tree trunk.  It's nearly free to make since almost all of the parts are provided by mother nature, and helps preserve the awesomeness of autumn all year long in your very own home.  Even if it's not autumn where you live, you can still collect and press different types of pleasing foliage - flowers, plants etc...  

Luckily I live in Oakland, where the leaves change color for an abnormally long amount of the year - the concept of seasons is certainly confusing to me where I live since the weather is almost always nice, so perhaps it's tricky for the trees to figure out too.

Step 1: Collect Leaves

Keep your eyes open for nicely shaped and spectacularly colored fallen leaves.  Roam the streets, comb the gutters, get a crook in your neck by staring up at trees and do your wind dance to summon a gust to blow them down to your grasping hands.  Green leaves also look great when pressed, so don't think they've all got to be in the prime of their color changing show.  Having lots of candidates is a good idea since some of the leaves tend to get  damaged in the drying and spraying process (future steps). 

This wasn't exactly what it looked like when I collected leaves...
<p>Beautiful! I have a piece of cedar that is perfect for this. Unfortunately, the leaves are all on the ground now. I may try fake leaves in the meantime, or perhaps single pieces of cedar greenery.</p>
<p>Hi, I loved this design immediately. You could also use a section of large bamboo, which would be lighter to hang. I live in the tropics and we have different sizes and shapes of leaves all year round and this would work here too. Thanks!</p>
<p>It looks a little heavy to hang it by the roof. But excellent idea.</p>
<p>Thats an incredible idea and very interesting.</p>
<p>I love it! </p>
<p>Wow so beautiful, superb work...well done</p>
<p>Oh, it looks like someone blew a pile of leaves up! Great!</p>
<p>how do u make it</p>
Great job!! Two Thumbs up!. I want to follow right away after watch your steps. One more time: GREAT JOB!!!
Thanks for your comment and support!
what a lovely project!
WOW that is really creative! One of the most economical projects I have seen so far
BEAUTIFUL!!!!! I am looking for an interesting lamp to enhance the lighting in my apartment. This is perfect!
Fantastic idea and wonderfully made. I look forward to making this project later on this year<br>
Very nice indeed, this will look good in my daughters room.
Nice, man, very great idea! I think you could make it even better if you drilled bigger holes in the walls of the wooden tube to create fun shadow effects with the leaves.
A beautiful design, an amazing idea, i am glad you put it here<br>
This is a WONDERFUL idea, and it was VERY generous of you to go to the trouble of documenting and posting it. Our autumn season here in the mountains of Colorado only lasts around 3 weeks if we're lucky, but it's beautiful. I envy you the long leaf season and wide variety of leaves you have.<br><br>Thanks so much for this great idea!
I'll bet this makes very pleasing shadowson the walls at night. Two thumbs up!
I like the style and swirling effect very much!
It looks lovely!
Wow! Awesome idea !
Great job :)
Stunning one!
Great project Noah!

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