Forget the life-size light-up mummies and ceiling-suspended spiders. This fall, stick to a natural, season-spanning look that's more crafty than creepy, and you'll be done with decorating until after Thanksgiving.
Door with handmade fall wreath
1. Leaf It There Snipped from patterned plaids and fuzzy felt, this wreath's faux foliage will look fresh forever. Trace a leaf onto heavy card stock and use as a pattern to cut fabric. (For flannel and thinner fabrics, iron on craft backing to add stiffness.) With straight pins, secure leaves to an 18-inch Styrofoam wreath covered in tan felt, overlapping slightly to hide pins.
Colorful gourds on a mantelpiece
2. Use Your Gourds To establish the palette for a fireplace display that can stay up until turkey time, drape a trio of pinked printed-fabric squares atop the mantel, and keep them in position with an assortment of colorful gourds and leaves. Add height with reusable silk ginkgo branches (or the real thing) in glass cylinder vases.
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Pumpkin with paper cut outs
3. Cut and Paste Paper leaves encircling a white pumpkin make a graphic statement. Trace lawn-gathered leaves onto orange, yellow, and dark red tissue paper; cut tracings out, and stick them to pumpkin using decoupage glue. With a flat-head bristle brush, push from leaves' outer edges toward the centers to pucker paper slightly and create "veins"; let dry. Brush a thin layer of glue over pumpkin.
Apple cider with apple slices
4. Drink to That Serve cider at an apple-sampling bar: Set out slices from several varieties (brush them with lemon juice so they don't brown). Or, opt for classic cinnamon sticks.
Caramel apples with twigs for handles
5. Branch Out For caramel apples with grabbed-from-the-garden handles, trim twigs to four inches, wipe clean, and whittle one end down to a sharp point to insert.
Decorated pumpkins make a great centerpiece
6. Stick Around Get crafty with this jack o' lantern alternative, perfect for the kids because it's knife free. Use Japanese washi tape on white and orange pumpkins to create an overlapping plaid pattern. Because you aren't cutting them, the pumpkins stay fresh much longer - working as a centerpiece throughout the fall.
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Decorate with a smaller version of a scarecrow
7. Pumpkin Pal Skip a full scarecrow and try this take on the classic. Grab an old metal storage tin or thermos, and place straw so that it sticks out of the opening (as shown) with a pumpkin "head" on top. To make the face: Use the stem ends of small gourds for the eyes (tooth picks should keep them in place), a carrot for the nose, and pumpkin seeds for the mouth (hot glue them on). Top off the look with a slouchy felt hat.
Pumpkin seeds make a great snack8. Sweet Eats Serve up spiced pumpkin seeds in style by placing cute, crafty pumpkins alongside the serving dish. Use a hot glue gun to stick the seeds in a circle around the base of the pumpkin stem. Add as many or as few seeds as you want - they'll look great either way!
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