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Pilgrim's Hat Pot

Here is an easy way to transform a regular terra cotta pot into a pilgrim's hat for a festive Thanksgiving centerpiece!  So cute.

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Materials:

Oak tag
8"-wide terra-cotta pot
Scissors or craft knife
Mini glue gun
Terra-cotta spray (we used American Accents)
28" x 2" brown velvet ribbon or fabric
Metallic gold paper

Instructions:

Cut approximately 15"-diam circle from oak tag using a compass or bowl for guide.

Turn terra-cotta pot upside down, center on oak tag circle and trace.

Cut out inner circle 1⁄2" smaller in diameter than pot opening.

Make small slits about every 1⁄2" around the inner circle.

Cut a line between inner and outer circles. Overlap and glue back together to form beveled hat brim.

Fold down inner circle slits and glue to inside of pot.

Paint pot and brim with terra-cotta spray. Let dry.

Glue ribbon or fabric band around pot.

Cut buckle shape from gold paper backed with oak tag and glue to hat band

 

(photo and how-to from womansday.com)
 


Festive Fruit Centerpiece

I love the look of this citrus fruit centerpiece with the addition of the shiny ornaments.  It's perfect for the holiday season!  BONUS-it's easy and inexpensive too.

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What you need:


• Metal tiered tray
• Florist foam, soaked
• Lemons
• Limes
• Clementines
• Blood oranges
• Sphagnum moss
• Florist pins 

Use one third of the florist foam on the top tier and the remaining on the bottom one.  Cover the florist foam with moss, secure with florist pins.  Pierce the fruit with the picks and then secure them to the foam.  The day of your gathering, slice a couple of pieces of fruit for the display.

This would also be pretty in a glass bowl or on a cake stand if you don't want to work with the florist foam.

(photo from myhomeideas.com)


Natural Fall Tablescape

I have been seeing a lot of people using dried beans and lentils in their fall decorations and I love it.  The natural look is simple and comforting.  You can either go all natural or just add a few things here and there in your decorating.  Here is gorgeous example of incorporating natural elements in a tablescape.

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Get the how-to here!

For more natural tablescaping inspiration check out Chris from Celebrations at Home post here.
 


Candy Globes

Here is a modern variation on the Candy Trees I posted previously.  They are just as creative and simple to make.  For a centerpiece you could try a grouping in different sizes and heights.  These aren't just for Halloween either.  A gum drop or peppermint one would be great for Christmas!

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YOU'LL NEED:

  • Styrofoam balls
  • Black spray paint
  • Low-temperature glue gun
  • Assorted candy such as Reese's Pieces, candy corn, black gumdrops, jelly rings and Skittles

ASSEMBLE GLOBES

1. Spray balls with black paint. Let dry.

2. Glue candy to balls in a uniform pattern, working in concentric circles around the entire ball. Let dry completely before displaying on cake stands, vases or glasses.

(photo and how to from allyou.com)


Modern Pumpkins

Here is another fresh, unique idea for decorating your pumpkins this year.  Look closely at the pumpkins in the picture.  Yes, that's right they are decorated with nail heads!  The neutral colors of these pumpkins provide a modern twist on the traditional orange pumpkins.  The silver and bronze nail heads add an adult flair.  These would be perfect for your adult Halloween parties.

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You'll need:

• Pencil
• White or gray pumpkins or winter squash–as many as you want.  I have also spray painted pumpkins in metallic silver and gold which would be pretty with your nail heads.
• Decorative nails available at DIY Upholstery

Make dots on your pumpkin where you would like your nail heads to be.  Make any pattern you like.  Push in your tacks.  That's it!


(photos from myhomeideas.com)


Pumpkins on the Vine

Or stem...

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I just love these homemade pumpkin glass charms.  What a cute way to keep your stemware straight at your fall and Halloween parties! 

Cut circles from orange construction paper, cut out the centers, then cut a slit in each center to fit on stem. Darken the slits with an orange marker to show depth.  Cut pumpkin stems out of green paper and glue them onto the orange circles. Snake four pieces of thin cloth-coated florist's wire around the stem of each glass; at the top, curl the pieces around pencils to make tendrils.

(photo from bhg.com)


Candy Trees

Here's a craft you can definitely express your creativity with.  What an easy, fun way to decorate your home or party for Halloween. 

Candy Trees

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All you need are styrofoam cones (you can purchase at Michael's or local craft store), hot glue gun and assorted Halloween candies.  You can also wrap the trees in coordinating ribbon.  For a spookier tree, wrap in cobwebs.  The possibilities are endless.

 

(photo from allyou.com)