Fall Decorating Ideas
By Nancy Cavanaugh
Fall is a great time for
decorating naturally. There is so much that you can get right
from your backyard or on a walk through some nearby woods --
pinecones, twigs, cattails, wheat, branches, acorns and leaves.
You can use these things to create wreaths, centerpieces and
To create a wreath, you
can either buy a grapevine wreath at the store or weave your
own with twigs and small flexible branches. To help keep everything
in place you can use a hot glue gun. You can make it into a
circle or heart shape. Hot glue pinecones, wheat, acorns, leaves
and dried flowers to give it color and texture. You can also
add a bow that you make or purchase.
You can create a swag
in a similar way but instead of making a circle or heart, lay
the twigs and branches on the table and tie in the middle with
twine. Decorate by hot gluing pinecones, wheat, acorns, leaves
and dried flowers.
If you would like to be
able to reuse these from year to year, you may want to consider
using leaves and plastic acorns that you find at the craft
Fall and Halloween share
many decorating props. You can use hay bales and corn stalks
outside with a cheerful scarecrow. Fall flowers like mums make
an excellent accent, either planted in the ground or in decorative
pots. You can also get several smaller pumpkins and line the
walkway to your front door with them.
Inside, you can use small
squash, pumpkins and gourds in piles on tables, or lay them
around the base of a fall-colored large pillar candle with
some pinecones and leaves to create a simple centerpiece on
your dining room table. Baskets filled with apples and/or dried
flowers can be put in corners or on the porch.
You can also make floral
arrangements with artificial or dried flowers and small corn
or wheat stalks that are housed in a glass vase or placed in
a pumpkin-shaped glass container. You can place live flowers
in a real pumpkin that has been cleaned out and filled with
To fill the house will
the smells of fall, place scented candles -- pumpkin, cranberry,
cinnamon and chestnut -- around the house.
Have fun with these ideas.
If you have other fall decorating ideas or for Thanksgiving
and Christmas, please send them to me at email@example.com
Nancy Cavanaugh, is
a stay-at-home mom and avid crafter. You can find lots more
fun crafts for kids, ages three to seven, at her site: Kids
Holiday Crafts www.kidsholidaycrafts.com