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Find decorating inspiration from the fall harvest and bring the season to your front door. Even if you don't live near a prairie, sheaves of grain offer an instant connection with nature.
How to: Find wheat stalks at crafts-stores and turn them into festive wall decor. Add colorful dried berries, pumpkins, flowers, and fall leaves to the display. Arrange them in a wheelbarrow for a traveling display.
Turn pumpkin-patch finds into a unique centerpiece. Look for miniature squash with interesting shapes and colors to create a one-of-a-kind tabletop display. Group squash of similar colors and sizes together or line them up across the middle of the table. You can also use the squash as place settings, writing guests' names on them with permanent marker. At the end of the night, let guests take their squash home as a memento.
Turn a fanciful collection into a stunning gallery. Here, various butterfly prints become a nature-inspired wall.
How to: Choose frames in a variety of shapes and sizes for an eclectic montage. Before hanging, arrange your frames on a large piece of crafts paper and trace the shapes. Then you can easily transfer the arrangement to the wall.
A love of feathered creatures inspired this bird-themed arrangement. The look started with the wallpaper and evolved from there. The clean lines of the carved birds perched in hollowed-out tree rings complement the more traditional bird prints. A turquoise frame and green wire birdcage add splashes of color to the otherwise neutral display.
How to: Cut branches with sharp pruners at a 45-degree angle. To help autumn leaves last longer, add 1/2 teaspoon vegetable glycerin (found at a health food store) to the water.
Adorn your mantel with an ode to the changing seasons. Gather colorful leaves and acorns or walnuts from your yard or find them at a crafts store. Drape them on your mantel, along a staircase, or over a curtain rod.
How to: Thread leaves and nuts on string or twine to form a garland. Space them out or bunch them together, depending on how you want the finished product to look.
How to: Choose leaves in different sizes and hues including solid and variegated varieties. Fill the vases with an inch of water and carefully fit the leaves into the vase, letting the bottoms sit in the water.
Show off autumn leaves year-round by pressing them between waxed paper. Look for leaves with interesting shapes and unique colors, and label what type of tree they came from.
How to: To preserve your favorite fall foliage, make sure leaves are completely dry and press them on newspaper between heavy books. After 24 hours, iron the flat leaves between pieces of waxed paper. Display on colorful paper.
Two pages from a vintage nature calendar were the starting point for this nature-inspired mantel.
How to: Hang prints from twine and gather natural elements to complete the scene. A gnarly branch creates a focal point in the center and is surrounded by green moss balls and birch-bark candleholders. Bring natural flair into the room by adding a lush plant in front of the fireplace and placing floral print pillows on the furniture.
How to: Hollow out hard-shell gourds to create vases you can use again and again. Cut off the tops and clean out the insides, then fill with flowers. Dress them up by painting a border around the base.
How to: Look for leaves that aren't too dry and brittle, so your arrangement will last longer. Arrange branches in a vase or a hollowed out pumpkin. Complete the look by adding pumpkins and gourds to the buffet or dining table.
Get crafty with your extra pumpkins and embellish them with leaves for a colorful addition to your fall decorating. Or skip pumpkin carving all together, and decorate your pumpkins with paper designs.
How to: Cut out leaves using colored paper that complements the hue of your pumpkin. Use decoupage to attach the paper to the pumpkins.
Dress up pumpkins with wire for a rustic fall look.
How to: Get creative and wrap wire around the outside of the pumpkin like a ribbon, fit it around the entire surface like a spiderweb, or twist it in curlicues sprouting out of the stem. Look for pumpkins in colors other than orange for designs that last beyond Halloween.
Highlight the colors of fall by bringing the most vibrant leaves inside.
How to: Put individual leaves in small bud vases, to draw attention to their unique details. Put several vases together for a collected look or place one leaf at each place setting. Scatter loose leaves on the table for a colorful backdrop.
Enjoy the fleeting days of fall long after the final leaves have fallen and the ground freezes with autumn-inspired terrariums.
How to: Fill glass apothecary jars with tiny gourds and plant life to create a mini-ecosystem. Place the terrarium in a spot that gets natural sunlight. For the best results, remove gourds and plants from jars at the end of your gathering and add water.
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