Guest Author - Aimee Wood
Creating fall decorations can be beautiful and natural. Taking from the beauty of nature and adding elements from thrift and consignment stores, you can transform your house into a space just like that from a home and garden magazine. Just use a little ingenuity, imagination, and these tips.
1. Using natural elements such as squash, pumpkins, small gourds, and cabbage heads can create wonderful center pieces or side table adornments. For a limited time, you can cut pumpkins or gourds, hollow them out and use them as a vase. Pick some pretty dahlias or mums and place them in. Along the same lines, the hollowed out pumpkin, gourd, or turnip can be used as a candleholder. Hollow them out and place a votive candle inside. The glow that emanates is gorgeous.
2. Pressing fall leaves is something that we've done since elementary school. Collect the most vibrantly colored leaves and place them between heavy books. Allow the leaves to dry and press them between wax paper, place a towel on top, and iron on the lowest setting, being very careful. Hang the wax paper leaves in the window or scatter them on a tabletop.
3. Another beautiful thing to do with leaves is to dip them in melted beeswax. Melt some craft beeswax in an old crockpot or double boiler and dip in your vibrantly colored fall leaves. Let them dry. Hang them from your chandelier or make a mobile with a branch you've found outside.
4. As the days get shorter and the nights get longer, using candles to set a certain ambience is wonderful. Please be careful to not leave a candle unattended or use battery operated ones. Take a clear glass candle holder and fill with sand, dried corn, or acorns. Place a votive candle inside, watch the glow, and relax.
5. Use what you have growing in your garden. Mums, dahlias, black eyed Susan's, and hydrangeas are all wonderful dried and placed in vases. Also, take fallen branches and spray paint or leave natural and place them in a vase.
6. Have you ever tried framing natural elements? Thrift stores generally have inexpensive frames. A touch of spray paint can change the color or theme. Try framing some leaves or wheat grass.
Take advantage of late season sales and clearance items at department stores such as Target, Kohls, Michaels and other craft stores. Sometimes just before the season changes they have excellent deals on some very nice items that are well made and will last you many seasons to come.
It's exciting to change the scenery when a new season arrives. By using some of these tips, you'll be able to transform your space into a fall sanctuary.