Photos by Jonathan Fong.

You’re Welcome to This Gratitude Leaf Banner


Gratitude is a feeling we always should have in our hearts, not just in November when Thanksgiving is upon us. That’s why this banner is such a great reminder to be grateful for our blessings all year round. Made with fallen leaves, the letters spelling out the word “gratitude” are written with a paint marker. The banner would look beautiful on a fireplace mantel, bookshelf or even on a front door. And to all of you checking out this project — thanks!

What you’ll need:
Fallen leaves
Thick book, like a dictionary
Oil-based white marker
Glue or hot glue
Ribbon

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1. Collect leaves that have fallen in your yard or neighborhood. Leaves that have turned color, rather than green leaves still on the tree, work best as they can be dried easily. You will need nine leaves to spell out G-R-A-T-I-T-U-D-E.

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2. Position the leaves between the pages of a thick book like a dictionary so they can be pressed. Place a heavy object on the book, and allow the leaves to dry for at least four days.

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3. With a white oil-based marker (Sharpie makes them, and you can find them in an art supply or crafts store), write one letter on each leaf. Follow the instructions on the marker, as it takes some patience before the ink flows.

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4. Glue the tip of each leaf onto a piece of ribbon using regular glue or a hot glue gun. Glue it to the back of the ribbon so you can’t see the glue residue. And make sure your ribbon is long enough to tie or tape the ends to an anchor point.


Jonathan Fong is the author of “Walls That Wow,” “Flowers That Wow” and “Parties That Wow,” and host of “Style With a Smile” on YouTube. You can see more of his do-it-yourself projects at jonathanfongstyle.com.

Bowled Over by Fall Leaves


At this time of year, I always get a compulsion to decorate the house with fall colors as if I live in New England, even though here in sunny Southern California the leaves have barely changed. Good thing there are artificial fall leaves! I bought a garland of them at the crafts store, and this decorative bowl made with the leaves is my first home décor project of the season.

Because the bowl is fashioned entirely from leaves and glue, the sides will not be rigid enough to hold heavy objects or butternut squash soup, but it should be sturdy enough for fall knickknacks such as pine cones. Or, display it on its own — the bowl is so beautiful it can handle the attention.

You may be wondering if it’s possible to use actual dried leaves instead. I would advise against it. My experience with real leaves is that they get too brittle. The artificial ones make the bowl more durable.

This project would be a great activity to do with the kids because the tactile experience of dipping the leaves in glue is just too much fun. It brought me back to my kindergarten class with Mrs. Klett (aah, good times). Just be sure that everyone wears an apron, and cover your work area with plenty of newspapers or butcher paper.

What you’ll need:

Mixing bowl

Plastic cling wrap

Tall can

Petroleum jelly

White glue

Water

Artificial leaves

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1. Wrap the bottom of a mixing bowl with cling wrap. I used a 10-inch bowl, but you can select any size you wish. Invert the wrapped bowl and position it on a tall can (e.g., a can of vegetables) to elevate it.

 

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2. Spread a thin layer of petroleum jelly around the surface of the bowl where the cling wrap is. The petroleum jelly will keep the leaves from sticking to the cling wrap.

 

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3. In a disposable container, mix two parts white glue with one part water. Stir until the mixture has a smooth consistency.

 

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4.  Artificial leaves usually come with plastic “veins” to make them look realistic. The leaves will lie flatter on the bowl if you remove these veins. You can just peel them off, as the adhesive is not  too strong.

 

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5. Dip the leaves in the glue mixture and shake off any excess glue. This is the fun part.

 

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6. Position the leaves on the bowl, overlapping as you go. Press down the leaves with your fingers so they lie flat.

 

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7. Keep going until you’ve covered the bowl. Then repeat and add another layer of leaves. For an even thicker bowl, you can add a third layer.

 

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8. Let the glue dry for 24 hours. Then separate the plastic and the leaf bowl from the mixing bowl. When I unveiled mine, some of the leaves stuck to the plastic. No biggie. I just peeled them off the plastic and glued them where they belonged inside the bowl.


Jonathan Fong is the author of “Walls That Wow,” “Flowers That Wow” and “Parties That Wow,” and host of “Style With a Smile” on YouTube. You can see more of his do-it-yourself projects at jonathanfongstyle.com.

Obituaries


Betty Balkin died Aug. 28 at 80. She is survived by her daughters, Bonnie Anketell and Renee Wouters; three grandchildren; and brother, Sheldon (Elaine) Sternberg. Mount Sinai

Daniel Bernstein died Aug. 31 at 94. He is survived by his daughters, Michel and Thea. Malinow and Silverman

Morris “Morrie” Bernstein died Aug. 24 at 97. He is survived by his daughter, Beverly (Marc) Olevin. Mount Sinai

Leah Blank died Sept. 4 at 86. She is survived by her husband, Meyer; daughters, Sandy Goldstein and Janice; son, Gary (Michelle); four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and step-sister, Marion Pafford. Mount Sinai

Leonard Cane died Aug. 18 at 86. He is survived by his daughters, Lisa and Candy; brother, Harold; and friend, Inecita Nel Katada. Chevra Kadisha

Ruth Cohen died Aug. 23 at 78. She is survived by her daughter, Carol (Jeff) Katz; son, Gary; and two grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Thelma Cohen died Aug. 25 at 84. She is survived by her husband, Howard; sons, Steven and Gary; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Groman

Rose Cooper died Aug. 12 at 87. She is survived by her nephew, Kenneth (Ruth). Malinow and Silverman

Bernice Danburg died Sept. 3 at 92. She is survived by her daughter, Sandra; and son Elliot. Malinow and Silverman

Lillian Eisenberg died Aug. 26 at 92. She is survived by her daughter Melissa (Dan) Stoller. Hillside

Eva Finegood died Aug. 26 at 84. She is survived by her son, Ken; daughters, Joanne and Donna; five grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. Groman

Lucille Gest died Sept. 3 at 84. She is survived by her daughters, Barbara (Norman) Fishman and Laura (John) Winder; and grandchildren, Ari and Emma. Mount Sinai

Henry “Gary” Green died Sept. 5 at 60. He is survived by his son, Jason (Nora); and daughter, Stacey (K.C.) Johnson. Mount Sinai

Esther Hahn died Aug. 23 at 90. She is survived by her daughter, Joyce (Marvin) Smith; son, Martin (Ann) Adelson; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Ernest Herman died Aug. 15 at 99. He is survived by his wife, Margit; sons, Thomas (Barbara) and Pini (Sarah); and five grandchildren. Chevra Kadisha

Edna Horn died Aug. 25 at 90. She is survived by her son, Sanford. Groman

Samuel Horwitz died Sept. 4 at 87. He is survived by his sons, Ira (Sharon) and Stuart (Nancy); four grandchildren; and sister, Helen Hirsch. Mount Sinai

Jean Shirley Kane died Sept. 1 at 78. She is survived by her daughters, Melinda (Jay) Rose, Marsha (Hal) Cohen and Sandy (Lee) Kaplan; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and sister, Roz (Bruce) Doerner. Mount Sinai

Margit Knispel died Aug. 24 at 89. She is survived by her husband, Walter; and brother, Irving Fischer. Hillside

Harry Harold Kundin died Aug. 30 at 90. He is survived by his wife, Clara; sons, Bruce (Carol) and Sheldon (Lynn); five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Louis Kunin died Aug. 22 at 87. He is survived by his daughter, Susan (Brooks) Proctor; sons, Jerry (Alicia) and Stephen (Deborah); four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Malinow and Silverman

David Langer died Aug. 30 at 86. He is survived by his wife, Florence; daughter Andrea; son Barry; daughter in-law Janet; and grandchildren, Robert and Bethany. Groman

Sybil Levin died Sept 3 at 65. She is survived by her son, Yonnie Reese; sister, Lana Eisenberg; brother; Myron Cohen, and many nieces and nephews. Malinow and Silverman

Jean Rothschild Levinson died Aug. 30 at 91. She is survived by her husband, Calvin; sons, David (Andrea Jacobs) and Marc (Betsy); and four grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Janice Zelda Luxenberg died Aug. 28 at 79. She is survived by her husband, Max; sons, Samuel and Louis; brothers, Robert and Morton; and four grandchildren. Groman

Ada Dvora Magaril died Aug. 24 at 92. She is survived by her daughter Hanna Binke; son, Ephraim Eshed; and sisters, Shera Widzogrodsky and Zlatta Letz. Hillside

Louis Markman died Aug. 25 at 93. He is survived by his wife, Jeanette; son, Sheldon (Harriet); five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Sol Meshul died Sept. 3 at 92. He is survived by his daughters, Myna (Uri) Herscher and Renee (Tom Klitzner); son, Cary (Roxanne Sylvester); six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sister, Esther (Ken) Trigger. Mount Sinai

Rae Naftaly died Aug. 30 at 101. She is survived by her son, Stanley; daughter, Judy; grandson, Matthew (Anya); great-granddaughter, Ellie; and brother, Bernie Matthews. Mount Sinai

Amy Poll died Aug. 26 at 85. She is survived by her son, Gabriel (Melinda); daughter, Vivienne Poll-Moody; grandchildren, Adam and Allison; and sister, Adelle Weiss. Mount Sinai

Edith Polon died Aug. 27 at 80. She is survived by her husband, Martin; sons, Gordon (Lisa), Larry (Ernestina) and Burl; daughter, Saralyn (Paul) Leven; eight grandchildren; and brother, Bernard (Ellen) Fogel. Mount Sinai

Barry Price died Aug. 23 at 64. He is survived by his daughter, Jennifer (Pavel) Greenfield; son, Colin; one grandchild; mother, Rose; sister, Vicky Page; and brother, Dr. Steven. Malinow and Silverman

Henry Raiton died Aug. 21 at 85. He is survived by his wife, Len; daughter, Rhea (Gary) Lewis; son, Jack; sister, Bess (Bob) Cohen; and niece, Lucy Sample. Malinow and Silverman

Blanche Redman died Aug. 27 at 89. She is survived by her daughter, Joan (Charles) Fox; son, Bill (Maria); four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

William Resnick died Aug. 20 at 94. He is survived by his sons, Mark (Maura), Neil (Susan) and Craig (Lisbeth). Malinow and Silverman

Renee Richman died Sept. 3 at 81. She is survived by her husband, Norman; daughter, Sarah; son, Mitch; and grandchildren, Debra and Aaron. Mount Sinai

Julia Lottie Ross died Aug. 24 at 91. She is survived by her daughter, Pia (Allen) Jacoby; and brother, Mel. Hillside

Murray Ross died Aug. 28 at 88. He is survived by his son, Lloyd (Paula); daughters, Sheri (Michael) Machat and Diane (David) Townsend; and 11 grandchildren.

Aron Schapiro died Aug. 22 at 85. He is survived by his companions, Ludmila and Tony Kagan. Hillside

Ruth Schwartz died Aug. 26 at 88. She is survived by her daughters, Phyllis (Michael) Ross and Natalie (Ken) Kravitz; son, Keith Scott; sister, Veria Weinberg, and five grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Lillian Seide died Aug. 29 at 94. She is survived by her daughters, Ellen (Samuel) Rose, Carol (Jack) Stevens and Joyce Kamin; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Manuel Steinberg died Sept. 4 at 85. He is survived by his wife, Molly; daughters, Beryl (Alan) Saltman, Judith (Ken) Bricker and Carol; grandchildren, Chase and Ashley Bricker; and brother, Harvey. Mount Sinai

Harry Weinberg died Sept. 3 at 83. He is survived by his daughters Robin (Yale) Goodman and Janet Padilla; son, Mitchell; four grandchildren; sisters, Cora Lucacher and Blanche Metelitz; niece, Joanne Boyle; nephews, Jeffrey Metelitz and Robert Lucacher; and friend, Beverly.

Stuart Weinger died Aug. 18 at 79. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; daughter, Lisa Vining; and son, Peter. Malinow and Silverman

Edward Weiss died Aug. 25 at 90. He is survived by his sons, Hank and Andy; daughter, Nancy; six grandchildren; sister-in-law, Nancy (Victor) Moss; sister-in-law, Jean Pickus; and caregiver, Edith Rodriguez. Mount Sinai

Joanne Weiss died Aug. 24 at 83. She is survived by her sons, Hank and Andy; daughter, Nancy; six grandchildren; sister sister, Nancy (Victor) Moss; sister-in-law, Jean Pickus; and caregiver, Edith Rodriguez.

Rose Wolfe died Aug. 23 at 82. She is survived by her daughters, Linda (Edward) Docks, Sheila Delgado and Lori; son, Jerry (Luda); eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

George Young died Aug. 30 at 82. He is survived by his wife, Eunice; daughter, Leslie (Julie Metz); son, Mike (Marianne); and two grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

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