2. Use magnetic clips to fasten leaves to the refrigerator, where they will shrivel and turn brown within 10 minutes.
3. Remove stuffing from a bed pillow and replace it with crushed leaves. Give it to anyone in your household who wishes to develop an exciting new allergy.
4. Tape leaves to a sheet of poster paper. Use a felt-tip pen to label your poster “Why Leaves Change Color in Autumn.” Realize you don’t know and don’t care why leaves change color in autumn, and be glad you’ve outgrown science projects.
5. Rake leaves after dark. Dump them into your neighbors’ pool.
6. Use leaves and clothing dye to create a leaf-shadow T-shirt your kids wouldn’t be caught dead in.
7. Store a bag of dried leaves in the guest room for crafts you intend to do. Rediscover the leaves six months later as you’re trying to determine how all those aphids got into the house.
8. Play “leaf roulette” by crumbling various dried leaves into your tea to determine which ones are poisonous.
9. Decide to make compost from your leaf pile, thereby turning a seasonal chore into a full-time obsession.
10. Shellac two leaves, add wires, and wear as super-sized earrings.