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To preserve the beauty of colorful fall foliage, press leaves between books. When fully dry, display leaves between two pieces of same-sized glass. Secure the pieces of glass together by wrapping the edges with colored, linen book cloth tape. Add a berry-covered branch for a simple, yet elegant mantel display.
Add a warm touch to a front door using autumn's bounty of free and colorful craft supplies. Incorporate the season's natural decorations into a welcoming wreath. Start with a basic wreath form (either made from florist's foam or a plain grapevine wreath) and attach gourds, mini pumpkins and leaves using hot-glue or wire.
A simple display of mini pumpkin gourds can rise to the occasion as stylish centerpiece just by adding a little height. Perch pumpkins atop overturned bowls, cake plates or candlesticks are perfect for creating an interesting display. Try painting the pumpkins in metallic silver for a sophisticated, glitzy effect.
Bring the beautiful autumn colors indoors by stringing freshly fallen oak leaves together. This garland instantly decks out a room for fall. Cut a piece of string to desired length and use a needle to thread the leaves onto the string. Use tape or sticky tack to hang the garland.
Plain white dishes are anything but boring when in the presence of autumn flair. Leaves, gourds, and miniature pumpkins create a pretty fall tablescape -- perfect for a harvest party or Thanksgiving dinner.
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.
Single out 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.
Summer's big color grows brighter and bolder in fall. The hot chartreuse of Granny Smith apples is a prime example. Nest a stocky candle in the middle of a glass salad or punch bowl and fill with green apples. No need to use a tall candle; simply elevate a short one with a candlestick or aluminum can. Then hide the stand with apples.
Display family photos in a frame provided 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.
An old doorknob finds new purpose 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.
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 combinations, such as red kidney beans with orange berries.
Fall branches make wonderful -- and cheap -- decorations for your home. Look for interesting shapes with leaves, acorns, or berries to scatter amongst your home.
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.
Makeover your light fixtures, without the hassle of electrical work. Attach ribbons to papier-mache gourds with hot-glue, then 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 in contact with the light bulbs.
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