Consider this simple approach to fall decorating: take one object and repeat it along a shelf or window sill, or down your dining room table. Surround each item with something special — a circle of beaded garland (as shown here), some fall leaves, pinecones, or even a toss of little acorns.
Create a stress-free centerpiece by setting several pumpkins or gourds on the table. This arrangement contains them on a long white platter, but a low basket or tray would work just as well. Garnish with a few leaves, berry clusters, or flowers to add a bit of color and texture.
Create a wreath that expresses your decorating style. The Better Homes & Gardens wreath slideshow will inspire you to create a masterpiece.
Fall Pumpkin Candle Centerpiece
Here’s a fresh way to display pumpkins and candles for fall entertaining.
6-inch pillar candle
Sprigs of bittersweet, preserved leaves, vines, or artificial berries
Snap or cut the stem off the top of the pumpkin. Placing the bottom end of the pillar candle on the top of the pumpkin, tightly trace the perimeter of the candle’s bottom with a marker.
Using a sharp knife, cut vertically just inside the traced outline. The cut portion can then be discarded.
Wedge the candle securely inside. If you’ve cut the hole a bit too large, simply place a can or other object inside the pumpkin as a base for the candle. If necessary, keep the candle from tipping by wedging one end of a vine in between the candle and the cut edge.
Tuck in a few leaves and sprigs of vine around the base of the candle.
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