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Place your favorite harvest-scented candles inside glass votive cups and wrap the vessels with tamale-making husks (available at grocery stores). Soak husks in warm water for a minute to make them flexible. Tightly wrap a husk around a votive cup and hold in place with a rubber band. Trim excess husk at the top and bottom. Twist a thin length of husk and tie it around the center of the candleholder; remove rubber band.
Turn a Thanksgiving dinner table into something special with these ideas that take only a few minutes to make.
-- Hot-glue cloves, star anise, and leaves to a small pumpkin or gourd to make a fragrant place card.
-- Fill a white container with white and yellow mini pumpkins resting on a bed of colorful fall leaves.
-- Top a pale green pumpkin with a bright gingham bow. Beneath the bow, crisscross thin ribbon in colorful rows down the pumpkin.
Mimic an expensive antique botanical with this affordable DIY version. Lay a dry (but not brittle) fern branch in between layers of newspaper and place inside a heavy book. Top the book with one or two more heavy books. Glue photocopies of pages from old books or newspapers to a picture frame backing. Once the branch is pressed, decoupage it to the mat, place in the picture frame, and hang.
Protect your furniture with these festive fall coasters, perfect for guests to use while enjoying Thanksgiving drinks in the living room. Tear yellow tissue paper into small pieces and adhere to a plain ceramic tile using decoupage medium. Let the glue dry slightly before adding border, leaf, and acorn stickers. When the glue is completely dry, coat the piece with acrylic glaze. Add adhesive felt circles to the bottom of the tile to prevent it from scratching surfaces.
Decorate a buffet table with this simple garland. Use heavy-gauge, gold wire to attach pinecones to rope. Tie a bow made from coarsely woven hemp or cotton ribbon around the rope at the top of each pinecone to hide the wire. (Optional: Add a little glitter to the pinecones before assembling the garland to catch the light.)
Editor's Tip: Reuse this garland for Christmas by swapping out the neutral bows for red or green ones.
Create a special keepsake journal filled with family recipes. Ask guests to bring old photos of themselves and a favorite holiday recipe to Thanksgiving dinner. Fill the pages with their offerings, then use the book year after year to create personal meals.
Create a beautiful Thanksgiving centerpiece overflowing with the colors of fall.
Stack these painted gourds on a glass cake plate to create an elegant display.
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