Allrecipes and Better Homes & Gardens are teaming up to help you make the most of the season.
Fireplace Mantel Makeovers
Colorful Corn. Create an eye-catching garland with ears of Indian corn. Twist screw hooks into the dried ears and string from a long rope. Corn husks bent into loops provide nice separators and continue the harvest-theme.
Gorgeous Gourds. Cut the tops off dried gourds to create elegant, earthy vases. Group them together on your mantel and insert vases or glasses filled with fresh or dried fall flowers.
Fall Foliage. To preserve the beauty of colorful fall foliage, press leaves between books. When fully dry, display leaves between two pieces of same-size glass as a floating frame. Secure the pieces of glass together by wrapping the edges with colored cloth tape and prop up on your mantel.
Pumpkins and Gourds. For an easy and long-lasting fall centerpiece, place small pumpkins or gourds atop trims from old table legs, a cake pedestal, or even empty cans wrapped with decorative paper.
Nuts and Leaves. Bring earthy fall colors and textures to the table. Display whole nuts in their shells and colorful dried leaves in rustic wooden or ceramic bowls and trays. When decorating a buffet table, elevate the displays on blocks of wood.
Seeds and Beans. Pour seeds and dried beans into large glass vases for an inexpensive centerpiece. Stand twigs inside the vases for a statement piece.
Make an Entrance. Line your walkway or porch steps with long-lasting potted chrysanthemums. If your porch is sheltered, hang colorful paper lanterns. A harvest-themed wreath on the door is a natural focal point.
Welcome Wagon. Place a vintage wheelbarrow or large wicker basket near your front door. Fill it with gourds, leaves, and pumpkins in different colors. On one large pumpkin, paint a "welcome" message with acrylic paint.
Squash Club. Line your walkway with pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. Come Halloween, replace some of the whole pumpkins with carved jack-o'-lanterns.