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5 Easy Ways to Add Color to Fall & Thanksgiving Decorating
Posted by Krista Fabregas - Lead Buyer on 11/16/2011 to Home Decor Ideas
Fall seems to be a time of decorating quick-change. Within 60 days, we move from spooky Halloween decor, to russet-hued fall colors, to Christmas sparkle and shine.
 
Add to that holiday entertaining, parties and shopping and the holiday season becomes busy indeed!
 
That's why we look for easy and quick decorating options, especially around Thanksgiving. Here are five quick projects that add fall-inspired pop to any room in just minutes. And best of all, since most craft stores have fall florals on sale by now, these colorful fall accents cost just a few dollars to make.
 
1. Make a Leafy Fall Colors Wreath: Make this eye-catching fall and Thanksgiving wreath with just a few handfuls of russet colored silk leaves, a plain foam or natural wreath form and some hot glue. If you can't find loose leaves at the craft store, just trim them from floral picks. Then glue leaves in layers over the wreath form, mixing colors and sizes as you go to create texture. Then top with a russet or golden hued bow. In just an hour, this wreath went from pieces to hanging on the wall.
 
2. Make a Falling Leaves Garland: Youll need 5 to10 fall leaves floral picks. Use wire cutters to cut the leaf clusters off the main pick, leaving the stems as long as possible. Then just twist the stems together, start with 2 to 3 stems and twist on a new stem every 3 to 5 inches on to create a length of garland. You can also twist stems onto a length of jute rope or cording for a stronger garland. Fill in sparse areas by twisting on more leaves, or hot glue leaves, floral berries or pinecones to the twisted garland stem. Hang from a stairway, entry or doorframe using fall-colored bows or drape over the mantle.
 
3. Use a Fall Garland as a Table Centerpiece: Make a garland as above to fit your tabletop. Leave about 1.5 from each end to allow for place settings if needed. Arrange with candlesticks or pillar stands of varying sizes to add height to your centerpiece. Add even more color by placing the garland arrangement on top of a coordinating tablerunner or a line of overlapping placemats. (Make your centerpiece safe and worry-free! Use battery-operated candles to avoid an open flame.)
 
4. Embellish Candlesticks and Other Decor Items: Use leafy clusters to add fall color anywhere. Cut several leaf stems and clusters from picks and wrap around candlesticks, place in vases or tuck among your everyday arrangements to add a pop of color.
 
5. Create a Falling Leaves Light Fixture: Use our go-to favorites, leafy stems and clusters, to add fall color to your dining and entry lighting. Simply wrap or drape clusters among the arms of your light fixture or wrap a mini garland to entwine your chandelier.
 
Let us know if any of these ideas inspired you! And please share any ideas (or improvements on ours) that you have!
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