Sweaters, crisp air and golden leaves are just a few of the reasons that fall is our favorite season. Here are four ways to bring the best of autumn inside your house:
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Pumpkins. These orange squash go with fall like peas go with carrots. There’s no need to wait until Halloween to break out this autumn staple. Instead of carving a jack-o’-lantern, which limits your pumpkin’s lifespan, paint it instead! Go with your favorite sports team’s colors, paint one a trendy chevron pattern or stay classic with all white. If you’d rather eat your pumpkin than look at it, check out this pumpkin pie recipe from Paula Deen. Remember, calories don’t count if you’re eating pumpkin pie!
Apples. Nothing says autumn like apples! You may be able to find this fruit all year long, but admit it, they tastes just a little bit sweeter this time of year. Buy a bushel of apples and place a few aside for decoration instead of dipping them in caramel. These easy DIY votives from Casa Sugar look just as charming with Red Delicious, Granny Smith or Fuji apples. If you simply cannot bear the thought of not eating your apples, try one of these delicious apple peel recipes.
Leaves. Whether you live in Aspen or Albuquerque, leaves are the most obvious and abundant sign of fall. They may be annoying to rake, but they sure are beautiful! Instead of tossing your bags of leaves to the curb, save a few for DIY projects. Simply frame the leaves for a simple decoration or place them between panes of glass. When paired with a light source, like a candle, leafs become semi-translucent and look like stained glass. To achieve this affect, glue a single leaf to the front of a glass candle. Light the candle, and enjoy the shadows cast by the leaves.
Branches. Winter winds can be tough on your trees, so before the weather becomes frigid go ahead and trim your trees! The leafless branches can be turned into refrigerator magnets, cut into coasters or simply placed in a vase. If you don’t feel comfortable cutting the branches yourself, bring them into your local Home Depot. They’ll cut any piece of wood into any shape (as long as it fits in their saw) for $0.50 per cut. Note: Be sure to sand down any rough edges to avoid splinters.