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ChocolateReigns's avatar

What's a craft to do with the sumac leaves that are so brilliant right now?

Asked by ChocolateReigns (5619points) October 6th, 2010

I’ve been googling it, but the only thing I can find is using them as a dye. I’ve thought of pressing them, but I was wondering what else I could do.

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Trillian's avatar

We used to put the fruit in big jars and steeped them in the sun. I don’t know what would happen with leaves. You could make a mask like the Green man.

Kayak8's avatar

If it is really sumac, be careful as some species are poisonous (like poison ivy).

YARNLADY's avatar

This site has some great ideas or this one and you could look here

The best idea I’ve see so far is to photograph them and save the photos.

ChocolateReigns's avatar

@Kayak8 Yep it’s sumac. But we’ve used these leaves for decorations on mudpies and the like ever since we were little, it’s fine to touch them. Obviously we’re not going to be eating them.

Kayak8's avatar

Cool. Where I live there is a variety of sumac that will make you WISH you had rolled in poison ivy instead!

autumnsunset's avatar

You could try pounding them onto a muslin fabric and using the fabric for a pillow. I saw this done with other leaves and flowers. Maybe with the red in the leaves it would work. Let us know if you try it.

johlucmoha's avatar

I enjoy the outdoors and tasting the fruits of the wild. I was introduced to Sumac the non-poisonous fruit. Further south you will find the poisonous Sumac.
I am not sure what you do with the leaves, but the fruit I make into a drink.

autumnsunset's avatar

I also saw the other day, that you can decorate candles with the leaves. Martha Stewart’s website features the craft.

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