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Centerpieces

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Pumpkin Pedestals

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Squash Choirboys

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Materials
  • A keyhole saw or serrated knife
  • Plaster scraper or large spoon
  • Black marker and white paper or our template
  • Masking tape
  • Needle tool (from an art-supply store) or awl
  • Serrated utility knife
  • Miniature flashlights, battery-powered candles, or light sticks
  • Apple corer
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Pumpkin Birdbath Family

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Thanksgiving Gourd Gobblers

Steps:4
Like a 3-D version of the classic handprint turkey, these charming birds are great to make with the kids. The fat tear shape of a Hubbard squash perfectly mimics a turkey's body (but any squash or gourd with a similar profile will work); just add a cornhusk head and tail feathers.
Materials
  • 15 fried cornhusks, or construction paper (cornhusks, 8 oz., mexgrocer.com)
  • Red food coloring (soft gel-paste food coloring in Christmas Red, 3/4 oz., sugarcraft.com)
  • Screw punch
  • Brown paper
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Turkey template
  • Winter squash or gourd that narrows at stem
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Paper Mayflower Centerpiece

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Thanksgiving Centerpiece with Pomegranates, Tulips, and Roses

Steps:5
A Thanksgiving table demands a feast for the eyes with all the trimmings. But bear in mind that well-mannered centerpieces should never block guests' views of one another. 
Materials
  • Pomegranates with stems attached
  • Red viburnum berries
  • Tulips
  • Roses
  • Ranunculus
  • Magnolia stems
  • Low, shallow dish
  • Floral foam
  • Plastic wrap
  • Floral scissors
  • Flower picks
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Shimmery Lined Cornucopia

Steps:6
Other Ideas:
Decorating, Sewing, Thanksgiving
A basic cornucopia basket gets a glamorous makeover, thanks to sparkly paint and fabric. Fruits and vegetables in rich shades of ruby and amethyst spill out like jewels. For a soft shine, brush the produce with an edible petal dust, a finish available at baking-supply stores.
Materials
  • Cornucopia basket
  • Metallic spray paint
  • Tape measure
  • Fabric, such as silvered linen
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle and thread
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Silver-Coated Lined Basket Centerpiece

Steps:10
Dress up plain woven bread baskets by painting them a single, glistening shade and fitting colorful fabric inside. For a lush centerpiece, insert a plastic liner, and fill with a mix of neutral, silvery-leafed plants along with flowers in deep purples and soft magentas. Here, we used mums, dusty miller, viburnum, globe thistle, cabbage rosettes, and kale leaves -- all inexpensive and readily available in fall.
Materials
  • Basket
  • Metallic spray paint
  • Fabric, such as linen
  • Tape measure
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle and thread
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Candlelit Branch and Ribbon Star of David

Steps:11
Celebrate the Festival of Lights with this manzanita-branch menorah, sprayed shimmering silver and trimmed with candles.
Materials
  • Manzanita branch
  • Silver floral spray
  • 9 candle clips
  • Pencil
  • Star template
  • Pale blue vellum, by Cromatica, from New York Central Art Supply
  • 3/4-inch circle craft punch
  • Hanukkah candles
  • Classic fluted candleholders, from germanplaza.com
  • 1-inch-wide ribbon, from mokubany.com
  • Ruler
  • Disappearing-ink pen
  • Hot-glue gun
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