These easy to make napkin rings will add a bit of festiveness to any table!
Project time: about 1 hour
Materials: Brown craft foam, hot glue gun and glue sticks, artificial fall leaves, artificial fall colored berries, wire cutters. You’re basically going to cut out the foam and form it into a ring then add the berries and leaves. Visit Craftelf.com for specific instructions.
Experiment with different colors of craft foam such as orange or yellow. If doing this project with young children, use glue dots instead of hot glue.
This unique centerpiece would be a great addition to your Thanksgiving table.
Project time: under 1 hour
Materials: large Rome Beauty apples (that will stand straight on the table); long taper candles, waxed paper, potato peeler and lemon juice
- Using an apple corer, make a hole about halfway through the middle of an apple. Make the hole as straight as possible and remove the core piece.
- Insert a candle into the hole. It should fit tightly; if the hole is too large, wrap waxed paper around the candle’s end.
- Older kids can decorate the apples by carefully carving designs in the skins with the tip of a potato peeler (to prevent the designs from turning brown, rub them with lemon juice).
- Arrange the candleholders in a circle on a plate or cutting board.
Create and frame a fun collage of fall critters to grace your mantle. Great for younger children!
Project time: about 2 – 3 hours
Materials: Autumn leaves from your yard; paper; glue; pencils, pens, markers or crayons; 8 x 10 frame.
Go outside and see what kinds of animals are hiding
in your leaf piles. Below are some possibilities. When you’ve found leaves in your yard whose shapes you like, glue them to pieces of paper and use pencil, pen or crayon to make your creatures complete. To preserve your creations, press them between two books. Then insert your completed project into a frame.
MAPLE: These leaves have three main points and lots of smaller ones; count them as they flutter by.
ROSE: The rounded shape of this bush’s leaves makes them look a lot like little shields.
BIRCH: As big and tall as this white-bark tree can get, its leaves are as small and light as feathers.
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GERANIUM: You might flip your wig if you find one of these wild-looking leaves in your yard.
BARBERRY: While this plant doesn’t live underwater, its leaves resemble raindrops.
Decorate your bathroom festively by sprucing up your extra toilet tissue as “pumpkins”.
Project time: under 1 hour
Materials: toilet tissue rolls; orange fabric; brown paper bag; glue; 12-inch green pipe cleaners (chenille sticks); green felt leaves.
- Set each roll in the center of a 22- by 18-inch piece of fabric, gather the fabric around it, and tuck the edges into the top hole (A).
- For a stem, roll a strip of brown paper bag and glue the edge (B).
- For a vine, glue one end of a pipe cleaner to a felt leaf, then curl the pipe cleaner around the stem (C). Insert the stem in the hole.
Grace your table with this beautiful Fall centerpiece.
Project time: about 2 hours
Materials: Fall leaves, pinecones, etc.; popsicle sticks; hot glue gun or craft glue; Styrofoam ball of clay; flower pot; fall colored ribbon (optional)
- Bake it all for 45 minutes at 200 degrees to kill any insects and eggs.
- Use the hot glue gun or craft glue to attach the leaves, seeds, pinecones, etc., to the ends of Popsicle sticks. If you use craft glue, let them dry.
- Put the styrofoam ball or large lump of clay in the bottom of the flower pot.
- Stick the ends of the Popsicle sticks into the styrofoam or clay to make your autumn leaves bouquet.
- Tie the ribbon around the pot with a big bow, optional.