We’re in the thick of autumn now, with Thanksgiving just days away. That means it’s time to start considering how to best showcase your home before the guests arrive.
One of the cheeriest bits of fall is the shifting colors that bring a canopy of rustic hues to a walk through the neighborhood. You can bring that cozy feeling inside yourself with some golden-dipped creativity.
Gilded Pears – Use real or fake pears, whichever you prefer, spray paint gold, and allow them to dry completely. You can add little flags to the top if you’re really feeling crafty.
Magnolia Wreath – Collect some Magnolia branches and use a wreath frame as a base. Spray paint the green side of each leaf with gold and then assemble using wire. It’s not as complicated as it looks!
Dipped Pinecones – First, you’ll want to make sure your cones are clean and dry. Apply gold leaf adhesive using a foam brush; deciding how much you add will determine how much of the cone is covered in gold. After they dry, consider gold leafing the cone’s scales. Wrap it around the cone and use a clean foam brush to rub it into the adhesive. Then give it a light spray with sealant and allow them to dry.
Gold Acorns – Hand pick your acorns, clean, and oven-dry them to make sure they are pest free. Paint them gold and then add a layer of clear shellac for a shiny look. Lastly, you’ll want to use a hot glue gun to attach the caps since they naturally fall off after the acorns dry. You can use these as filler in a glass vase or simply scatter them on a tabletop.
Shimmering Maple Garland – All you’ll need is a bag of artificial leaves, bought at any craft store, some Elmer’s glue, glitter, and string. Use a paintbrush to apply glue to each leaf and sprinkle lots of glitter over them. Let the glue set, then shake off the excess glitter, punch a hole at the top and attach a ribbon. Tie them all to a large strand and voilà, a perfect garland for the holidays.
Petite Pumpkins – If you are still head over heels for pumpkins, then using small ones for place cards will add some spice to your table. Tape each pumpkin halfway with painters tape, choose a design with horizontal, diagonal, or however you want! Next paint the bottom portion with gold craft paint (may require multiple layers) and with the last layer still wet, generously sprinkle gold glitter over the painted half. After your pumpkin is dry and you’ve shaken off the excess glitter, wrap beading foil tightly around the stem. Leave a little extra at the end for you to bend for your place card.
Find these and more decor ideas on our Pinterest Board, “A Gold Thanksgiving.”
Anyone who has a fireplace can appreciate how versatile a mantel is. It’s easy to change its look with the different holidays and seasons. And there’s no better season to do this than Christmas. Hang a wreath, decorate it with candles, ornaments, and twinkling lights. The options are endless. If you’re not sure where to start, pick a theme. Here are some ideas to consider.
Gold never goes out of style – especially when it comes to the holidays. If you choose this theme, the majority of your pieces on your mantel should be gilded in one way or another. Generally, it’s good to have a centerpiece. Try a gilded metal wreath to hang above the mantel and make a bold statement.
All White Everything
Nothing says Winter Wonderland like an all-white theme. All-white is pretty glam as it is, but you can use these stockings to add that little extra je ne sais quoi. What’s even better is you can keep it on after the holidays, through the winter. Add a mirror to the wall above the mantel for added appeal.
Go natural with some lush greenery. Create a base of winter greenery and lights, then layer on the Christmas touch with holiday candles and reindeer. Once the holidays are over, switch out the Christmas candles for plain ones and put away the trees and stockings. Leave the garland, crystal and silver candlesticks, and even the wreath for a fantastically decorated fireplace focal point for the remainder of the winter season.
Start with a pre-lit sparkling garland along the mantel top and a pre-lit wreath above. Add in some pine cones, candles (in mason jars or try glassy-babies), and silver accents in whatever way you deem fit. Add some white stockings with a variety of textures and designs and you’re ready to go.
If you have kiddos running around your house, a colorful theme is a good way to go. You can’t go wrong with reds, blues, pinks, greens, oranges, etc.; anything bright makes for one of the most festive themes! You can make a DIY Ornament Garland if you have a bunch of leftovers from your tree. Take a few boxes and frames, wrap them with colorful paper and bows, and lay them tastefully on your mantel.
See our Pinterest board for some visual inspiration!