See that art on the wall?

The pieces right next to my doors from 1908?

Guess how long it took me to make each piece?

Are you ready?

Are you sitting down?

Wait.  Hold on.  Let me pause for dramatic emphasis.

47 seconds.

47 SECONDS to make each piece of art.

And the best part?

It is one of my favorite projects I’ve ever created.  What was I thinking spending all that time on fall?  Why did I spend hours decorating mantels and decorating a transitional fall porch and creating dining room centerpieces with velvet pumpkins and creating book page fall displays?


When all I needed was 47 seconds.

It all started with this frame.

It’s called a “float” frame because you can put a picture between the two panes and suspend it.

I got it at Target.

There are TONS of frames on sale right now in the frame section.

Every Target is different, but mine had most of them for about 40% off.

This one wasn’t on sale, but there were several other options that were.

Here’s how it works.

There’s this insert that’s plastic that looks like this.

You just push it in on one side and remove it.

Then find a leaf in your fall decorations.

Do NOT over think your leaf.

You probably have some sitting on your mantel now you could adopt for this project.

Remove the plastic frame insert.

Remove the piece of plastic from the back of the frame.

Place the leaf on the glass.

Place the piece of plastic back in place and reinsert the plastic frame insert.

That’s it.

Here’s a close-up of my frame when it was finished.

I used four leaves in slightly different color variations and I angled the leaves in different directions to create visual interest.

And then?

Here are all four pieces hung together on the wall.

When fall is over you could add snowflakes for winter and flowers for spring and flags for summer.

The possibilities are endless.

And all you need is a frame, a leaf…

…and 47 glorious, wonderful, amazing seconds.

PS Happy weekend.


Break out the sweaters. 🙂

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  1. Image for Cecilia Cecilia

    Very cool! Reminds me of the poem that starts, "Come little leaves, said the wind one day, come o'er the hills with me and play..." Yay for easy and pretty projects! Yep, I'm excited it feels like Fall here in Texas! Hurray!

  2. Image for Debbie Debbie

    Love this idea. very cute and I love easy. Hey, Shelly, in NJ send that rain to us in the west. We are literally burning up!

  3. Image for june june

    Thanks for featuring these frames. Love this idea. You had a post a while back showing another blogger using the same frames to feature family hand written recipes. I immediately ran out and purchased three and framed some family recipes. LOVEEEE them!

  4. Image for PC PC

    I am admiring the doors. I am working in NC on assignment and my lodging is a flat in a house built in 1909. Same doors but painted. Transoms, original heart pine floors,,11 ft ceiling and marble tiled fireplaces. I am visiting Target for those frames.

  5. Image for Christine Salek Christine Salek

    This is cute...getting ready to start some fall decorating aside from mums and pumpkins. I know you will appreciate my excitement for tomorrow nights Poldark !!

  6. Image for Sue P. Sue P.

    I've done this using real leaves from our yard. Just place them in between the pages of a heavy book for a couple of weeks to let them flatten and dry then sandwich them between the glass panes. Most of my leaves have retained their beautiful colors for literally years. A few have lost their color or don't dry well, so just experiment with the leaves from your trees. If the leaf is large, I frame it solo. For medium or smaller leaves, make a design, e.g. 4 leaves equally spaced or several leaves in a "falling" pattern within the glass.

    1. Image for Shirl Shirl

      Sue, you don't even have to wait 2 weeks. Pick up some healthy fallen leaves, zap them in the microwave a few seconds, then iron them. Instant "pressed" leaves! You do have to experiment however! Have fun! We are in full color here in upper Minnesota. Our leaves and pumpkins have snow on them, but that will melt! Loving Fall.

  7. Image for Leslie Watkins Leslie Watkins

    What a brilliant 47 second idea!! Wow! The possibilities are Christmas ideas are exploding! Now to make the trek to Target! You remember the trek! Have a great weekend. BBQ on the River misses you.

  8. Image for Lisa Lisa

    Thank you so much for this idea! I’ve been disappointed with one area that I could never get “just right!” I just completed my leaf frames and they look amazing!! We had a wedding shower at the house today and I received so many great compliments! ❤️

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