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Celebrate autumn's beauty with an artfully arranged collection of natural elements. For a unified yet unique display, start with a collection of pumpkins that are the same shape, but have varied sizes and colors. Arrange with leaves and grape vines. Include a glass cloche or vase to add elegance to the rustic tablescape.
Take a nature walk to gather acorns to make these napkin rings, perfect for a fall table setting. For each ring, drill tiny holes through the sides of nine or 10 acorns. Wire the acorns together, alternating the acorns top-to-bottom so they nestle together tightly. Twist the ends of the wire together and trim off the excess.
Looking for an inexpensive yet chic fall vase filler? Try dried beans. This pantry staple is readily available in bulk at a low cost. For this arrangement, we filled a hurricane vase with about two inches of white beans and added a branch of yellow berries. Experiment with different color combination, such as red kidney beans with orange berries.
Utilize a metal tub as a fall planter for in-season plants. This arrangement is comprised of fountaingrass, Miscanthus sinensis 'Autumn Light', Cyclamen spp., croton (Codiaeum spp.), and wheat stalks.
Fall elements offer a rich palette of color and texture. Bank on this aesthetic appeal in a single tabletop arrangement, perfect for a centerpiece. Start with a tray and containers (compotes, sherbet dishes, etc.). Ours all have an antiqued metal finish for a vintage look. Fill the tray and containers with assorted berries, nuts, and fruit. For shine, paint some of the elements with gold paint or cover with gold leaf.
Editor's Tip: If you will be placing your arrangement within reach of pets or small children, ensure none of the elements are poisonous.
An old doorknob finds new life as a fall vase. Sea oats (Chasmanthium) are arranged to fit inside a handsome doorknob. Fill the doorknob with sand to add weight and stability to the arrangement.
Look for ways to dress up store-bought decorating accessories for a customized look. This leaf-shape twig accessory was embellished with fall leaves and acorns, which add color and texture to the purchased frame.
Use your crafting skills to make a garland based on natural finds. Sketch letters onto heavy paper and outline with waterproof glue. Attach seed pods, twigs, and acorn caps to the letters. Punch holes in the tops of the papers and string onto a piece of twine to create a small garland to hang on your front door.
Editor's Tip: Hang the garland in a place that is not directly exposed to the elements.
Plain white dishes are anything but boring when accompanied by autumn flair. Leaves, gourds, and miniature pumpkins create a pretty fall tablescape, perfect for a harvest party or Thanksgiving dinner.
A pewter cup, purchased from a flea market, boasts just the right finish and color to enhance the beauty of a fall arrangement. The burnished metal surface complements the greenery sprigs, beach plum branches, and red hypericum berries nestled inside the vessel.
Editor's Tip: Cut a piece of florist's foam to fit inside the cup. Soak it in water and place inside the cup before arranging the florals.
Transform miniature pumpkins into beautiful candle holders, perfect for the autumn season. Drill or cut out a hole in the top of the pumpkin the same size as a candle's tapered base. Hot-glue miniature pinecones, berries, and dried moss around the hole. Insert a candle and light it to add a little glow to your harvest nights.
Makeover your light fixtures, without any electrical work. Attach ribbons to papier mache gourds with hot-glue and suspend from a chandelier. Finish the look with a garland of leaves woven around the chandelier arms.
Editor's Tip: Keep flammable elements from coming into contact with the light bulbs.
This garland of Indian corn can be used indoors or out. Cut rope 2 feet longer than the area in which you intend to hang the garland. Then twist screw-eye hooks (with openings about the same size as the rope diameter) into the tops of mini ears of corn, one per ear. Bend corn husks into loops and hot-glue the pointed ends together. Thread the husks and ears onto the rope and hang.
Mark your front door with a leafy monogram. Paint a papier-mache letter and let dry. Hot-glue dried or silk leaves to the front. Shape a piece of wire into a hanging loop, and hot-glue it to the back of the letter.
Editor's Tip: If you have a metal door, glue magnets to the back of the letter to hang.
Swap out a flower arrangement for these petite pumpkin peppers (Solanum integrifolium). Arrange stems of the plant in a vase and surround with other harvest-hue fruits and greenery on a shelf or your fireplace mantel. Visit your local nursery, greenhouse, or pumpkin patch to find this unique plant variety.
Display family photos in a frame made by nature. Tie branches with twine and add evergreen tassels; then insert photos in the branches, clipping them on, if needed, to hold in place.
Turn a pretty pumpkin into a high-style vase for this seasonal floral arrangement -- it's formal enough for gala Thanksgiving dinner, but versatile enough for any fall occasion. This bouquet features apricot-color roses, cockscomb, hypericum berries, seeded eucalyptus, and bittersweet vines.
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