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Thursday, September 11, 2014

All Fall.Harvest Long: Decorating Ideas for Fall Using Pumpkins, Corn, Gourds, Leaves & Grasses

Gourd and Pumpkin Lights
Jack-o-lanterns add a spark to your autumn-inspired decor, but this time, the faces and fancy carvings aren't necessary. Simply cut a hole in the top of a pumpkin, scoop out the insides, and place a candle inside the cavity to create a warm fall light. Try different sizes of pumpkins and surround them with gourds and other pumpkins to complete the arrangement.

Corn Garland
This garland of Indian corn can be used indoors or out. Cut rope 2 feet longer than the area in which you intend to hang the garland. Then twist screw-eye hooks (with openings about the same size as the rope diameter) into the tops of mini ears of corn, one per ear. Bend corn husks into loops and hot-glue the pointed ends together. Thread the husks and ears onto the rope and hang.



Seasonal Sign
Use your crafting skills to make a garland based on natural finds. Sketch letters onto heavy paper and outline with waterproof glue. Attach seedpods, twigs, and acorn caps to the letters. Punch holes in the tops of the papers and string onto a piece of twine to create a small garland to hang on your front door.





Pumpkin on a Pedestal
Don't put your empty planters away just because it's fall. Turn a planter into a pedestal for a pumpkin to create a simple fall display outside.

Harvest Corn
Tie a grouping of Indian corn ears together and hang from a cabinet door. Display jars filled with dried corn and seeds behind glass-front cabinet doors.

Pumpkins on Display
Add petite pumpkins to an existing display to dress it up for fall. Plain pumpkins work well, but if you want to add some extra flair, paint designs on the pumpkins in colors that match your decor.

Fall Pumpkins
Celebrate autumn's beauty with an artfully arranged collection of natural elements. For a unified yet unique display, start with a collection of pumpkins that are the same shape but have varied sizes and colors. Arrange with leaves and grape vines. Include a glass cloche or vase to add elegance to the rustic tablescape.

Grassy Fields
Ornamental grasses dress up a plain staircase for fall -- the dried variety is available at crafts stores and fresh grasses can be purchased at some floral shops. Simply bundle bunches of the grasses together, secure with a rubber band, and tie to every other baluster on your staircase with raffia.

Fall Chandelier
Make over your light fixtures without any electrical work. Attach ribbons to papier-mache gourds with hot-glue and suspend from a chandelier. Finish the look with a garland of leaves woven around the chandelier arms.

Seasonal Sign
Use your crafting skills to make a garland based on natural finds. Sketch letters onto heavy paper and outline with waterproof glue. Attach seedpods, twigs, and acorn caps to the letters. Punch holes in the tops of the papers and string onto a piece of twine to create a small garland to hang on your front door.

Pumpkins and Pinecones
Transition pumpkins into late fall by adding pinecones to your displays. For a late-fall centerpiece, place a large pumkin in a shallow basket and surround the base with pinecones.

Combo Arrangement
Creating a fall arrangement is as simple as getting the right materials and tossing them together. The combination fruits, pinecones, leaves, gourds, and more provides a variety of colors, shapes, and textures that instantly makes the arrangement look complete. Be sure to get an array of materials in a variety of textures to mix and match for the best arrangement.

Leaf Specimens
Focus on the beauty of individual fall leaves by displaying them in glass beakers or miniature vases. Add a small gourd or mini pumpkin to the display for a change in shape and texture.

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