Want to impress your Thanksgiving guests with magazine-worthy home décor? Head straight to your garden to gather your supplies, and DIY your way to a beautiful holiday with these easy and fun crafts.
Welcome your guests by thinking outside the standard fall wreath on the door. This year, why not take a pretty old tray, paint the inside with chalk paint and weave in some autumn branches and berries? Or, make a pinecone hanging: glue long pieces of colorful ribbon to the pinecones and attach to your door handle or outdoor light.
Make a hanging vase out of a graceful swan gourd – hollow out space for fall mums or black-eyed Susans and place it on your front railing. Drag the wheelbarrow out front and use it to display ornamental cabbages and other seasonal beauties.
Reserve a corner of your living room for a tall Thankful Tree, where family and friends can add what they’re grateful for. It’s simple to make: grab some tall sticks from outside, and arrange them in a large container. Decorate with ribbon, burlap or anything else you have in the craft room. Then, gather a bunch of wood slices you kept from last year’s Christmas tree (we told you they’d come in handy, didn’t we?) and paint them with chalk paint. Invite your guests to write messages on each slice, and hang them on the branches.
Gussy up your staircase by bundling grain or ornamental grasses from the garden, tying them with twine to every other baluster. Transform your fireplace mantel into a fall festival with a gorgeous banner made of apples, squash, fall leaves and pages torn from old books.
If you have any Halloween pumpkins left that haven’t been devoured by local squirrels, hollow one out, spray-paint it and turn it into a show-stopping vase for your flowers. You can also buy an artificial pumpkin from a craft store and spruce it up with chalk paint for a soft, vintage look.
Feel like something other than flowers for your table? Why not create something spectacular using pomegranates. Cut the branches so the fruit rests on the rim of a tall vase, and fill out the rest of the arrangement with spiky foliage from your garden. Or, dress your holiday table with cornhusks, dried seedpods and spray-painted nuts tumbling out of a cornucopia or put them under a pretty glass cake plate cover. Other great ideas to try: Transform ordinary mason jars into lovely vases or make a dried corn centrepiece by bundling eight ears together with rubber bands and decorating them with raffia or ribbon.
Forget buying candles! Gather up some acorn caps from the yard with your Nut Gatherer, fill them with melted wax and then insert small wicks. Allow about an hour to cool and … instant mood lighting! Or, create your own nature-based candlesticks by emptying out a couple miniature gourds and sliding in elegant taper candles.
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