I am in charge of decorating a table for beverages and cookies for a fall meeting, does anyone have ideas for decorations?
By mnvieau from Traverse City, MI
Definitely! purchase a small pumpkin suitable to the table size and amount of items that will be on the table. Cut out the top as usual like for Halloween but then slip in a 4 inch mum plant in yellow or bronze even rust colored, prop the top on the side of the pumpkin. Gather fall leaves all different shapes and sizes and scatter on the table. If you are wanting to get creative you can use an old table cloth or flat sheet. Lay the sheet out on a surface you can iron on, if on an ironing board use extra padding under the fabric as to not get anything on the cover.
Take the leaves you gathered the fresher the better and placing them vein side up use a fall colored crayola and on the side rub it all over the leaf mixing colors if you desire leaving color on the leaf. If you cant get the color to come off heat it in hot water for a minute or two from a cup then try again. After the leaves are colored place the colored side down on the cloth, overlap them as desired pin with straight pins as needed and cover with a piece of torn open grocery bag. Place the bag over the leaves with the iron on and turned up to med high, no steam, iron the leaves going slow as to get the heat through the paper and the leaves to warm and melt transfer the imprint onto the fabric. Do not put this in the dryer, as the color may come off while laundering and leave residue in the appliance. If you need to launder it hand wash and hang to dry.
Setting the carved pumpkin with a black sharpie to draw the face on it then place it on the table along with your other items and finishing with a few more leaves scattered on the table. Your guests will be amazed at the look it gives and quite easy and VERY inexpensive to make. A great way to use the broken crayola's. Make sure to do a " test piece " to get you comfortable with the craft and to make any adjustments you need IE: iron temp, more crayola on the leaves etc.
Good luck and Happy Fall
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