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.
Related: Easy Autumn Crafts
Pumpkin with paper cut outs
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