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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!

Candy Globes

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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)


Door Decor

This season I haven't made a wreath for the front door like I did in the spring.  I found one that I fell in love with and bought it instead.  If I were going to make one it would look like this one.  I love how the flowers and foliage are in sections instead of mixed together.  I think it makes each decoration stand out even more.  You can make a wreath like this with natural items or go to Michael's and choose from their big selection of branches, leaves, and flowers.

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(photo from bhg.com)


Leaf Butterflies

Carry your love of butterflies into the fall this year!  Here is a simple, pretty idea for decorating your home for autumn while still including the beautiful butterfly.

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Collect your favorite color turned leaves from the yard.  I can't ever decide between red or orange! Press between the pages of a heavy book for two weeks. Use a small strip of plain paper for base. With a skewer, apply glue to tip of a leaf; secure to base for a bottom wing. Working from bottom to top, glue remaining leaves, which should overlap slightly, to base. Glue two leaf stems to the top of a thin leaf for antennae. Glue thin leaf vertically to white base for the butterfly's body. A mat border and frame give a finished look while protecting the leaves.


(photo and how-to from marthastewart.com)


Candy Cornucopia

I hope this post isn't too soon for everyone.  We had beautiful fall-like weather here this weekend and it got me thinking of all things FALL!  As you know, it is my absolute favorite time of year.  The vibrant colors and cooler temps bring new energy with them. 

This candy cornucopia is one of the cutest things I've seen in a while!  I couldn't wait til September to share it with you.  What a fun activity this would be for kids.  These would make great favors for a fall themed shower or party too.

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How-to:

Heat water in a teakettle, and put pointed end of a sugar cone into spout. Let steam until softened, about 1 minute. Gently curve end 1/2 inch from tip; hold for 15 seconds. Steam 1 side of cone's open end; press to flatten (so cone won't roll). Let cool until set. Dip edge in melted white chocolate, and roll in chopped pistachios. 

Refrigerate until set. Fill with jelly beans and serve, or store in a covered container in a cool, dry place for up to 2 days.

 

(photo and how-to from marthastewart.com)


The Candle Napkin

I just love these "Candle" Napkins.  What an elegant touch they would add to your table setting.  They look pretty in the stemware but I'm wondering if you could put them in actual candle stick holders.  You could make a whole centerpiece out of candle napkins or put one at each place setting.

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Find the folding instructions here.


(photo from lhj.com)