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Decorating with Nuts

Varied colors and textures make these brown beauties a natural choice for fall decorating. Grab a sack at the grocery store, and go a little nuts.
  • Harvest vases

    Add fall flavor to a tabletop or mantel with cylinder vases filled with nuts and wheat. Roll coordinating scrapbooking paper into decorative cuffs that slip inside the vase.

  • Walnut photo holder

    Give nature photos, family pics or place cards a seasonal lift. Drill a small hole in the top of a walnut. (Pick nuts with flatter bottoms so they stand up easily.) Cut a 6-inch piece of 18-gauge wire. Wrap one end of the wire twice around a wide marker. Remove the marker, and pinch the loops together. Insert the other end into the nut. Slip a photo or card between the loops.

  • Nuts and fruit

    Create pretty accents with nuts and fruit. Hot-glue nuts to a pillar candle, then secure a circle of twine. Mix clove-studded fruit with nuts in bowls for a mix of fall colors.

  • Mixed-nut wreath

    Turn a crafts-store wood frame into a harvest wreath. Hot-glue Brazil nuts, hazelnuts and acorns to the frame. Hang with a chocolate-hue ribbon.

  • Nuts and roses

    Roses add a pop of color against nuts. Tuck a small glass bowl of rose heads inside a larger container of mixed nuts.

  • Nuts and leaf wreath

    Use a variety of inexpensive fall materials to create this autumn wreath. Just hot-glue artificial leaves, walnuts and hazelnuts (or other hard-shell nuts) in a ring around the front of a grapevine wreath.

  • Hues of autumn

    Footed glass containers show off ribbons, beans and nuts in fall hues. The copper tray adds shiny sophistication and makes the arrangement portable.

  • Candle accent

    Nuts anchor a candle inside a hurricane lamp.

  • Stack 'em up

    Show off your walnut photo holders (slide 2) in a set of stacked containers holding nuts and leaves.

  • Warm glow

    Place nuts and a small votive candle inside glasses for a super-easy centerpiece or accent. Battery-powered candles are also an option.

  • Vase change-ups

    Using the same technique to create the harvest vase in slide 1, change out the look with different toppers: Flowers, branches, snips of any pretty leafy plant from your yard. 

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