Sadly, we can’t all be Martha Stewart when it comes to holiday crafts. Most moms could use a little help in the holiday decor department, because those gorgeous crafts on the magazine covers don’t just make themselves — they take serious time. These ideas will make you look like you made an effort without sacrificing your precious time — or your manicure! 

1. Make It Mini
Cute little pumpkins are ubiquitous this time of year. Grab a bushel of white ones the next time you’re grocery shopping. Cut off the tops, scoop out a bit of the muck, and stick a votive or tea light inside. Instant party!

2. Feel It With Felt
Buy felt in festive fall shades (think greens and golds) at a nearby fabric store, trace a leaf pattern onto fabric, and cut with scissors. Looks fancy. Took five minutes. Kick it up a notch at your next dinner party by writing your guests’ names on the leaves with a metallic pen and use them as place cards. Or use good ol’ Elmer’s Glue to affix them on a pretty ribbon, then string the ribbon around your table for a festive touch, as Better Homes & Gardens did.


Credit: Recycledawblog Photo: Natural Fall Centerpiece From Recycledawblog

3. Act Natural
What better way to get to know the neighbors than by hunting and gathering in their backyard? (We kid, we kid. Kinda.) Seek out rustic branches, dried leaves, pine cones, and other items from nature’s treasure chest. Throw the whole shebang in clear glass vases of varying sizes and add white candles for a clever centerpiece. We love Recycledawblog’s version with twigs, acorns, and leaves.

4. Dried Up Can Be Pretty
Dried corn cast a whimsical spell when strung together in a festive holiday garland. Your only equipment is twine. Drape along your staircase or fireplace mantle and prepare for compliments. See Confessions of a Plate Addict for a simple how-to.

Credit: A Spotted Pony Photo: Lighted Tulle Pumpkins From A Spotted Pony

4. Get Glowing
Any actress worth her salt will tell you, it’s all about the lighting. Tiny lights don’t just belong on the holiday tree. Stringing some around a few large pumpkins on the porch and adding some tulle, like A Spotted Pony did, creates a pretty outdoor vibe. Take that, Martha.
 
5. Dried Up Can Be Pretty
Dried corn cast a whimsical spell when strung together in a festive holiday garland. Your only equipment is twine. Drape along your staircase or fireplace mantle and prepare for compliments. See Confessions of a Plate Addict for a simple how-to.

 

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