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Fall Table Decorations with David Monn

These simple ideas for decorating a table for a fall get-together use items that are easy to find and affordable.

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, October 2008

Introduction

Our fall leaf cascade will give your guests a complete -- and seasonal -- sensory experience.

For the burlap tablecloth, use burlap in beautiful, rich colors -- russet, oranges, and reds -- to give this tablecloth the feeling of fall.

materials

  • For Leaf Cascade: Monofilament

  • Scissors

  • Pencil

  • Pressed leaves

  • Magna-Tac glue

  • Thumbtacks

  • Spackle or toothpaste (for repairs)

  • For Burlap Tablecloth: burlap

  • Scissors

  • For Fringed Napkin: Burlap or linen

  • Scissors

  • Ruler

  • Crochet hook (optional)

steps

  1. Cut monofilament to the length you would like your cascades to be. Mark where you would like to place the leaves.

  2. Secure leaves to monofilament with Magna-Tac glue. Back leaves with other leaves, again securing with glue. Attach string of leaves to ceiling with a thumbtack. Once the party is over, you can fill in the hole with spackle -- or toothpaste!

  3. Cut a piece of burlap to fit your table as a tablecloth. Fringe along edges by pulling away one strand of the weave at a time on each edge, until you have a 4- to 5-inch border. Carefully pull out 2 or 3 warp threads in different places along the tablecloth to create stripes.

  4. Cut a piece of burlap or linen to make a 24-by-24-inch square.

  5. Fringe along edges by pulling away one strand of the weave at a time on each edge, until you have a 2 1/2 inch border.

  6. From the top of that fringe, measure 1 inch in and pull out 4 threads. If you have any problems pulling, you can use a crochet hook for assistance.

  7. From that, measure 2 inches and pull 4 more threads.

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