Thanksgiving is a time to gather with friends and family, enjoying each other’s company. Make your home an inviting display of fall color with these inexpensive decorating ideas.
Votive candle holders – gather 3 or 4 small glass tumblers. Secure a rubber band around each tumbler and place twigs of similar size under the rubber band until the entire outside of the glass is covered. Cover the rubber band with Dollar Store ribbon tied in a bow. Now you have unique candle holders for your home or to give as gifts.
Place setting markers or gift tags – select several leaves from your yard. Maple leaves are wonderful for this project. Spray paint the leaves in gold metallic paint. Let them dry, and then write a guest’s name or gift recipient on the leaf with a coordinating color in permanent marker.
Centerpiece Display – gather apples, oranges, gourds, and very small pumpkins along with colorful leaves you have selected from the backyard. To make your centerpiece really stand out, raise the display by stacking books, or supporting a large platter in the center of the table. Cover the support with an inexpensive tablecloth. Arrange the items in the center, leaving 2 or 3 of the apples or oranges to place on top. Core out the center of the remaining fruit and place a tea light or votive candle in each before adding to the centerpiece. Use scented candles in pumpkin or apple spice for an inviting aroma.
Mantle Display – creating a decorative mantle is easy with twigs and beautiful autumn leaves. Arrange the twigs to your liking, placing leaves and a few gourds or apples along the top. You can also use the cored apples or oranges here; just make sure to put something underneath to protect your wood from candlewax or juices from the fruit.
Wall décor – take several long twigs that are slightly pliable and arrange together to make a swag or wreath. Florist wire and a hot glue gun can help keep your arrangement in order. Use the hot glue gun to add leaves, berries and small dried or artificial flowers. Finish with ribbon and you have a beautiful decoration made from items you gathered from your yard and garden.