I finally got around to creating my ceiling decoration. Not quite what I thought, but it is fun for a couple of days. Found some brown and dark red lanterns at Target, and strung leaves on white thread. I think I should have used fishing line. With a little breeze, it is magic.
I was going to sew through the leaf, and hang them about every 3 feet. All the leaves had long stems on them and decided to just tie on each leaf by the stem. I used a very long length of string and was very careful not to tangle. I have been hanging goodies off my ceiling for a long, long time. I hang all thread and fishing line with white thumb tacks into the ceiling, but realized the other day that the only reason I can use so many thumbtacks over and over again is that I have textured ceiling, so you never see the holes. If you have a smooth ceiling, I don't advise a bunch of thumbtacks. I have thought of building a grid into my ceiling, with little hooks. I could have a grid to hang from and I would have to use the thumbtacks.
Last year I hung a couple of branches, very carefully and securely from the ceiling. It was for a party and I liked the branches so much, I hung more. At first I superglued little artificial pink cherry blossoms and carefully cut them off later. I hung little handmade flags from them. I also cut some fun leaves out of colorful paper and glued those on. Then the branches had to go and I moved on. But I would like to do that again, it was fun.