Autumn decor

Ways to bring the beauty of fall into your home
By FamilyFeatures.com
Autumn decor

This centerpiece features trendy hues to add pizzazz to your table.

Fall in North Carolina is a particularly beautiful season when it comes to home decor. This season is all about celebrating nature’s bounty, and there is an abundance of colorful items found outdoors that you can use indoors as decoration. Here are some ideas to bring the cozy charm of autumn into your home.

Pull in nature

Those pretty pumpkins and gourds of every shape and color make inexpensive additions that brighten any tabletop or mantle. Or place multi-colored squashes on a bale of hay outside the front door for a display the whole neighborhood can enjoy.

Try transitional pieces

Situated right before the busy holiday season, some fall styles can be eased into both decorating schemes. Rich, wine-colored berries and bittersweet vine arrangements look wonderful for fall and winter, as do pinecones. 

Add new color trends

According to color experts, fall 2013 is filled with vibrant purples, bright blues and dazzling greens. Watch as plum hues pop when paired with the traditional fall foliage of burnt orange, copper, gold and brown.

Add some glam

This candle ring project features lively, on-trend hues to add some glamour to your family’s table

Candle Ring

Some experience necessary
Crafting time: 3–5 hours

Supplies and tools
-4 bags of decorative gourds
-2 Styrofoam brand foam rings
-1 package floral picks
-Spray paints: Purple Short Cuts; Gray Primer; Gloss Varnish; Krylon Purple, Island Splash and Peekaboo Blue
-Bottled paints in desired colors
-Paintbrush
-Glitter
-Glue
-Black gems filler
-Pillar candle
-Glass hurricane container
-1 roll purple tulle
-Feather picks

  1. Spray foam rings with Purple Short Cuts spray paint. Let dry.
  2. Paint gourds in desired colors, some spray-painted, some brush-painted. If the gourd is orange or yellow, spray it with primer first, then the color. Otherwise, the orange or yellow will bleed through.
  3. Break the ends off the floral picks if too long, dip both ends in glue then insert one end into the gourd and the other end into the Styrofoam ring, nesting closely together. Let dry.
  4. Place glass hurricane inside the ring first to determine how to position the gourds. Remove the hurricane before proceeding to the next step.
  5. Spray the finished ring with gloss varnish, sprinkle with glitter while still wet, and then spray again with gloss varnish. Let dry.
  6. Add small tufts of tulle to fill any holes between gourds and to give a softer look around vase.
  7. Embellish with several feather picks; glue in place.
  8. Return hurricane to center, fill with black gems. Insert pillar.

For other fall decorating ideas and projects, visit Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores’ website at joann.com.

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