This section is from the book "The Boy Mechanic Vol. 2 1000 Things for Boys to Do", by Popular Mechanics Co.. Also available from Amazon: The Boy Mechanic, Vol2: 1000 Things for Boys to Do.
Use an ordinary pasteboard box, a shoe box or larger, and cut out one end. Fasten the box to the ceiling by means of pasteboard strips. One end of these strips is pasted on the bottom of the box and the other ends tacked to the ceiling. Fit a piece of board, 1/2. thick, into the open end of the box so that it will slide easily back and forth on the inside. Place this slide in the back of the box, attach a string to it and run this through double tacks placed in the ceiling and to the side wings.
Ill: The Box as It is Prepared to Fasten on the Ceiling for Dropping the Leaves
Have the box almost full of autumn leaves, and when the slide is pulled slowly by the operator, they will be pushed, one or two at a time, out of the open end, and will drift down to the stage as'naturally as if falling from trees, making quite a realistic scene. - Contributed by Miss S. E. Jocelyn, New Haven, Conn.