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Monday, November 17, 2008

Three Easy, Natural, and Free Fall Centerpieces

Some people see raking autumn leaves as a chore. I look at it as an opportunity to redecorate my home with some unusual (and free!) natural fall elements.

My first centerpiece couldn’t be easier to make. I literally tossed a small collection of leaves, crabapples, seedpods, and a couple of buckeyes that I gathered from my yard and neighborhood park (always make sure that you have permission to take anything from property that isn’t yours first) around a paraffin free candle on an old tray.

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Since I’m working with natural and dried elements near an open flame, you’ll notice that I have the candle in a protective glass holder so I don’t accidently set my centerpiece on fire. I also make sure that I do not leave burning candles unattended.



This glass martini glass is so versatile – it’s one of my favorite containers. I like to fill it with all one element for a contemporary and easy table decoration. For fall, I fill it with seedpods from a neighbor’s tree. If you don’t have access to fall seedpods or a big martini glass, try filling a glass container with small pinecones for winter.

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My last centerpiece came courtesy of trimming a few branches from the crabapple tree in my front yard. I filled a series of stemless red wine glasses with votive candleholders. I placed either fall leaves or crabapples in the space between the side of the wine glass and the votive candleholder. Then I filled the space with water to keep the elements from shifting around too much. If you don’t have access to a crabapple tree, try filling the glass with cranberries from your local grocery store.

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If you live in an area that doesn’t experience autumn temperatures or have access to yard foliage you can purchase dried natural items at a florist or craft shop.


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