Saturday, November 10, 2007

Easy Fall Centerpiece

A cool, sunny fall afternoon is the perfect time to take a long, leisurely walk with your family. Appreciate nature by observing colorful leaves, watching squirrels gather nuts, and the bounty of pinecones, seed pods, and acorns. Collect pretty leaves, acorns, pinecones, nuts, seeds, twigs, and berries to bring inside and decorate your home for Thanksgiving.

Every fall I gather items from my walks and my yard and make a fall centerpiece for my dining room table. I change it every year. My kids love to help. They like to see something they have created decorating their home.

Here are the instructions for making an easy fall centerpiece of your own:

Easy Fall Centerpiece

Glass cake stand or plate
Colorful fall leaves (Be sure to choose leaves that have not dried out yet.)
Nuts, pine cones, twigs, berries, acorns, buckeyes, dried seed pods or corn, cranberries,
Jar candle or votive candle in a glass jar

Line plate with leaves - stem side facing in. Fan out around edge of plate.
Place candle in center of plate.
Scatter a variety of nuts, pine cones, twigs, acorns, buckeyes, around candle.

Add cinnamon sticks, coffee beans, or dried apples if you want your centerpiece to have a lovely fall scent. I added cinnamon stick pieces, coffee beans, and a pumpkin scented candle. It smells like Thanksgiving dinner has already been cooked!!!.

Most of these items can be bought at a craft shop if you are unable to collect your own. It is fun to make your own arrangement.

Center: Mini pumpkin, acorn squash, candles set in hole carved in mini pumpkin or squash, decorative candle
Outer: Substitute potpourri mixture for nut mixture.
You could also arrange an assortment of gourds on a bed of leaves.

Fall leaves are great decorations for your home. Fan some out around and under your dinner plates. Cut some branches of fall colored leaves and put in a vase. Hollow out a butternut squash or pumpkin and arrange some small branches of fall leaves or fall flowers for a small centerpiece. Fruit and vegetables are very good decorations. Make candle holders from hollowed out pumpkins, gourds, squash, and even apples. Fill mason jars with cranberries and set a candle in the center. Use washed and hollowed out peppers, squash, and pumpkins to hold dips.

Some of these items are flammable so be careful when burning candles.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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