Autumn leaves on a tray blog tour

I am so glad you are here since I am sharing the next installment of “on a tray” blog tours. These tours are always so much fun and full of inspiration! Today is an Autumn Leaves themed tray styling. Come on in and be inspired for the season with a variety of Autumn leaves tray designs.

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Thank you to Katherine from Katherine’s Corner blog for organizing this amazing blog tour, which provides so much seasonal inspiration. It’s so much fun to look at and learn from everyone’s different point of views. All the participating blogs are listed at the end of the post for you to enjoy at your leisure.

autumn leaves decor on a tray tour

If you’re coming over from Thrifting Wonderland, welcome. I am sure you enjoyed Lynne’s Autumn leaves tray masterpiece.

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In case you missed it, the last tray tour was the {summer on a tray blog tour} and last year’s autumn tray is here {autumn on a tray blog tour}. I also list all the other tray tours at the end of the post.

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are you team faux or team natural for organic decor?

I love organic decor and when possible I prefer to use natural items like flowers, plants, pine cones, etc. I understand real might not work for everyone. There are allergies and availability and many other variables to contend with. So whether you use real or faux there are so many great looks to achieve.

autumn leaves decor

Although I prefer real and natural, I do straddle the fence and use some faux elements too. Let me share all the Autumn Leaves feels on this tray styling, using a variety of leaf styles.

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For this styling I used an oval silver tray on the bombe chest in the foyer, morphing from this earlier fall styling {simple early fall decor styling using pine cones and vintage milk glass}.

autumn leaves tray vignette

This tray was a fabulous thrift find, and I use it all the time. I love the black handles, and tiny round feet and the delicate, intricate detail on the edge. So many great details on this tray! Thrift store shopping is a fantastic way to find unique and inexpensive decor pieces. Make sure to drop by next week for the next installment of “thrifted goodies” with a fun Thanksgiving project.

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Now, come on in and jump into my pile of autumn leaves!

tray styling with organic Autumn Leaves

I used a variety of real leaves in this styling. Some are fresh plucked right from the ground, while others have dried over time.

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I love using nature in my decor and everywhere I go, I forage right from Mother Nature’s pocket. Whether it’s leaves as in this instance or pine cones or mossy branches etc. The most important aspect of this is to always respect where you are foraging from. A rule of thumb for me is to only pick up things from the ground that have already dropped. I never pluck or cut from a plant or a tree etc., unless it’s my own yard and then it’s fair game. 🙂

autumn leaves decorations

I filled the thrifted silver urn I shared here {thrifted goodies – vintage trophies & awards}, with a variety of foraged leaves. There are large oak leaves, which I found in the yard of my son’s new house in Eugene, Oregon, when we dropped him off for his senior year. Some are crumpled and cracked since the boys did not understand the importance of my leaves and threw items on top of them in the bag. 😆

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The smaller oak leaves I found with my daughter downtown when we were running errands this past weekend. She came home to visit and see Misty, our new pup, instead of us going to visit her for parent’s weekend in Boulder, Colorado. She found some really pretty ones and we were cracking up because we kept finding more and more as we kept looking.

autumn leaves decor

There are also some magnolia leaves from our neighbors tree, which fall on our driveway.all.the.time. This was one of the few times I was happy I had leaves to pick up.

Obviously, you can buy fresh stems with leaves but this can get expensive. I like to naturally dry some items to use year after year, like this eucalyptus branches my friends gifted me a few years back. The dried stems are overflowing from an oversized farmhouse pitcher.

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I absolutely love the pods and save them when they fall off. I have them spilling over onto the tray since I love the organic feels they give off.

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My friends got these at Terrain, which begs me to believe they were on the expensive side so I will continue to use them as long as I can. I also have these eucalyptus branches from this project {a pink floral table scape with DIY oilcloth chargers}, which dried naturally. As the leaves turn they have become these beautiful soft hues.

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The colors of the dried leaves lend themselves to a Fall color palette. Even if you do not dry your own leaves there are plenty of resources to buy preserved leaves.

using faux stems for a Autumn Leaves styling

Buying faux stems is a great way to get longevity out of your pieces since they should last for many years. Faux florals have come a long way and you can find some really nice, pretty pieces. I used an oak leaf branch with velvet acorns, laying on the front of the tray.

autumn leaves tray vignette

The super yummy candle is from my talented bloggy friend, Rachel @ the Antique Journey. I always like to have a scented candle in the front hall to welcome friends with seasonal aromas. Give Rachel a visit and check out her shoppe.

autumn leaves tray vignette

You can also create your own faux leaves and crafts. This {DIY metallic leaf wreath} was a fun project last year. And it now creates a great back drop for this Autumn tray vignette.

autumn leaves tray vignette

The tutorial with all the instructions is in the original post, which you can follow in the link above. Here are a couple of paper leaf projects for additional ideas here {bookprint leaf garland DIY} and here {woodland autumn mantel}.

final thoughts on the Autumn Leaves tray styling

I would not normally decorate with all the leaves together, but I just wanted to have the different effects to show the different looks you can create with different leaf types.

I hope something speaks to you and inspires you to decorate with Autumn leaves this season. I will be sharing some outdoor seasonal decor next week so please make sure to come back

more autumn leaves tray inspiration

Now make sure to follow the blog tour to the next stop and visit Rachelle @ my Hubbard Home. Remember there are 12 other creative bloggers, which you can visit to be inspired by their autumn leaves tray masterpieces.

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previous tray blog tours

Listed below are all the other tray blog tours I have had the pleasure to participate in.

summer on a tray blog tour
tea on a tray
winter wonderland tray
autumn on a tray
by the sea tray
easter on a tray
Valentine’s Day tray

get the Autumn leaves tray look

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me | Fluttering from the Autumn tree.”

Emiily Bronte

sharing @ between naps on the porch


  1. Debra Oliver says:

    MaryJo, your tray is so gorgeous, Love this traditional elegant look! Your silver trophy cup is amazing and really sets all those leaves off. I love naturals that are foraged, but my allergies seem to show up each time I bring the beauty inside. Such a lovely display of autumn goodness!

    1. Thanks so much Debra. Yeah, allergies are no fun. Fun sharing with you today! XO- MJ

  2. Your tray is so pretty MaryJo, I love the neutral soft earthy colors with the occasional pops of color from the gathered fallen leaves and the candle. I love the seed pods and the combination of textures- silver, glass, ceramic, branches, acorns and leaves, a beautiful creation of Fall on a tray!

    1. Thanks so much Jenna. It was a fun project and fun to be sharing with you today. XO- MJ

  3. Lovely autumn tray MaryJo. The leaves look fabulous with your candle and the Silver trophy. Using natural elements is always a nice touch. The tray is a pretty piece. A pleasure joining you.

    1. Thanks so much Linda! These tours are always fun. XO- MJ

  4. Mary Jo,
    Your fall tray is so beautiful. I love all the natural elements that you used – the colors of the leaves make that silver trophy pop and those pods are amazing.
    Love touring with you.

  5. Your silver pieces are so pretty – that urn is just stunning! Yes, I like to miss real and faux. I love the mixture of fall elements you used!

  6. Cara says:

    A Dutch door? MaryJo, I love them and have always wanted one… your tray looks lovely, as always. I am a fan of Boulder, such a beautiful little college town, and so much to see there. I hope to get out for a walk soon to see all of the fallen leaves, and perhaps collect a few acorns. 🙂

  7. rbgranholm says:

    MJ! Your tray looks fabulous!! I LOVE those seedpods…they are amazing! The foraged and rustic look of your tray is just quintessential Fall. Also, You are SO SWEET!! Thank you SO much for the candle shout out…it looks so pretty glowing on your tray!!

  8. You created a lovely display my friend and you made happy memories looking for leaves and truly that was the best part. The silver tray is a lovely setting for all of your autumn leaves. I think I’m on team faux,(smile). Thank you so much for joining in the fun. Pinned! xo

  9. Lynne says:

    Mary Jo, loved your use of Fall foliage. The advantage of using real comes in the beautifully faded colors that enhance the silver in your tray. It gives the tray a timeless look, very pretty.

  10. NikiLEOwife says:

    I love your fall tray! All of the natural items are beautiful. It’s great touring with you! Pinned!
    Niki | Life as a LEO Wife

  11. What a pretty entry, Mary Jo. I really like the combination of the metallic silver tray with the rustic feel if all the fall leaves.

  12. Tony Volkas says:

    Since I was a little child, I have been collecting fallen leaves every autumn and therefore I understand how cool it is to collect them!! I feel such satisfaction every time autumn comes and it’s time to go to the forest next to our neighborhood and collect leaves. I have a special connection with nature, and I really appreciate the feelings I feel when I’m in nature. This is the best. I love to appreciate every moment spent there. Every leaf, flower and stone. It’s very cool for me, so I fully support when other people are collecting objects of nature

    1. Yes. Nature is truly amazing. Thanks for sharing Tony. I truly appreciate it.

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