PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — “Say, you know how you can help? Why don’t you go out and collect a lot of really pretty leaves for me.” This is a great way to get kids or holiday guests out of the kitchen for a little while – and you can get a wreath out of it too.

Making a leaf wreath can be as simple or complicated as you like. You can preserve leaves, wire small bunches of them together, and attach them to a wreath form made of wire, straw, foam, or grape vine. Or you can just cut a donut shape out of a piece of cardboard and staple or glue leaves to it – in random or orderly patterns – overlapping leaves in layers like shingles to fill the space and hide the stems.

Save the most colorful leaves for the top, then complete your wreath with a bundle of acorns, pinecones, or pretty seedpods tied together with ribbon. And if your wreath doesn’t get done before Thanksgiving Day, it can be something to do over the weekend while watching football and working your way through the last of the leftover turkey.

Reported By Phran Novelli, KYW Newsradio