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Fall Decorating 101
By Jennifer Kelly Geddes for Ideas That Spark
Cooler weather and clear nights make autumn the loveliest of seasons. Add in all kinds of squash, brilliant mums and tangy cider, and you’ll quickly be inspired to host an open house, family potluck or Halloween bash. Here are five easy ways to adorn your home this fall:
1. Pumpkin place cards: Jack-Be-Little pumpkins or other small gourds are ideal decorations for a fall dinner table, but they can also be turned into place cards with construction paper and a bit of raffia. Cut out a leaf shape, circle or other design, and add the guest’s name. Punch a hole in the corner, attach the ribbon and then tie it to the stem or narrow end of the gourd.
2. Pressed leaves: Put maple, oak and other fall favorites to good use. Collect a few leaves that are in good shape (not too ragged or holey), rinse them in the kitchen sink and dry with paper towels. Press the leaves for several days between the pages of a large book. Then line serving trays with them or arrange some down the center of your dining table and top with candles.
3. Apple votives: Ditch your regular glass candleholders and craft your own out of luscious fall fruit. Slice a thin piece from the bottom of an apple so it will sit flat, without wobbling, on your table. Use a melon baller or paring knife to hollow out a small hole at the top and then insert a tea light.
4. Fall flowers: Hardy mums are the usual favorite this time of year, but to go beyond this plant when considering an arrangement for your entryway or front steps. Ornamental cabbages and kale come in bright purple and green and can be easily popped into containers or baskets to adorn your walk. Inside, clip a few branches from a maple tree and place in a vase along with some bittersweet vine and dried globe artichokes.
5. Orange delight: Citrus fruit and cloves come together beautifully to create a pomander — a fragrant creation to pile in a glass bowl. Push whole cloves into navel oranges, either in a pattern around the circumference or covering the entire surface. Tie on a piece of yarn to decorate or add a knot and loop to hang from a hook.
To finish off the beautiful scene, perfume your rooms
with the heady scents of fall by frequently spraying a seasonal air freshener.
Jennifer Kelly Geddes is a New
York-based writer and editor who has written for Parenting, iVillage.com and Time Out New York Kids. She frequently contributes to Ideas That Spark.