Tips for Creating Fall Tablescapes

Hello and Happy Friday! Welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips. Kara from Mine for the Making here to share tips for creating fall tablescapes!

With Thanksgiving around the corner, I thought it would be fun to chat about how to create the perfect tablescape without spending too much money or too much time. If you know me, then you know I’m a busy lady and all about saving a buck, but not sacrificing on the pretty stuff of course. 


1. Shop your house.

Check out the decor in other rooms of your house and see if you can find some things that go nicely on your tablescape. Examples of this are candles, sconces, a throw used as a runner or tablecloth, etc. Most times you will find exactly what you need around your own home.


Image from Canadian Living


Image from Worthing Court

2. Bring nature inside.

Using branches, twigs, pinecones, apples, acorns, wood, and pumpkins in your tablescape really brings fall into your home. Most times it will cost you nothing at all if you go out into your backyard or collect things while walking your neighborhood or going on a hike. 


Image from Country Living


Image from Little Green Notebook


Image from Country Living

3. Use free printables.

There are so many awesome bloggers who have created free prints for your personal use. Anything from place cards, tags, banners, napkin rings, food labels, and menus. Be sure to leave a comment on their blog to let them know you loved using their prints!


Printable banner from Just Destiny


Printable placemats from Ella Claire Inspired


Printable pumpkin tags from Ella Claire Inspired

4. Make your own decor.

Get crafty! Make napkin rings, paint pumpkins, build a planter box for the center of the table, make sconces out of dollar store glass vases and candle holders… let your creativity go wild! Often times you can buy supplies at your local dollar store and make something for your table in an hour or less. It doesn’t have to be expensive or take a ton of time if you don’t want it to. 


Image from Lemon Thistle 


Tutorial for dollar store napkin rings at Mine for the Making


Tutorial for Pumpkin Succulents at Simply Happenstance


Do you decorate your table for fall or Thanksgiving? What tips do you have to create a beautiful fall tablescape? We’d love to hear!


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Pumpkin Carving Tips

Welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips! It’s Bev from Flamingo Toes here this week with some fun Pumpkin Carving tips!

Every year my family and I have a pumpkin carving competition. It’s one of our favorite traditions! We each pick a design and keep it secret from the others. On carving night we clear a huge space on the living room floor, pop in a movie and all carve our pumpkins, but we don’t let each other see what we’re making. When we’re finished, we have a big reveal and light them up! Then we take photos and post them on Facebook so friends and family can vote. The winner gets to choose a restaurant to go out to eat to celebrate! It’s so much fun and my favorite part of Halloween.


I’ve gathered up some of my favorite Pumpkin Carving tips and tricks to share with you all, just in time for Halloween!


Pumpkin Pileup craft from @bhg It also has a link for free patterns. #pumpkincrafts #pumpkincarving:
Photo: BHG

Carving the hole: If you carve your hole at the top, make sure you’re cutting at an angle, in towards the center of the pumpkin. This way, the top sits in the hole – if you carve the hole with your knife pointing straigt down, the top falls right into the pumpkin. (which we may or may not have done on occaision). Carving the hole at the bottom is another option.! It makes the pumpkin sit straight and it’s super easy to add a light, you just set the pumpkin over it!

For scooping out seeds: We’ve found that metal spoons work best. In ice cream scoop or large serving spoons are great for this. If you also scoop out some of the sides, this will make carving easier. You can also do some really fun things with partial carving if the pumpkin is thinner. Just scrape away portions of the outside in a design to let the light shine through. It makes for a really pretty effect!

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For cutting: We use the little knives that come in the pumpkin carving kits. They have small blades that work well for carving delicate designs and they’re easy to handle. If you’re wanting to do really advanced designs, a dremel and/or drill work great too!

Everything you need to build the ultimate pumpkin-carving tool set. |

Fancy Carving Tools from This Old House

Fixing an oops: If you are cutting a delicate part and accidentally cut too far, you can easily add back in the section by connecting the open part with the part you cut off with a toothpick. If you need to, break the toothpick in half for really tiny sections. It works great!


Battery operated tea lights are our favorites! These little tea lights are so inexpensive now and you can even find styles that flicker. They last for a long time and you don’t have to worrry about open flames or the flames blowing out. Easy peasy!

Battery Christmas Lights: Thre are some really fun battery operated Christmas lights now so you could light your pumpkin with different colors, or even flashing lights!

Just for fun: If you use a real candle or tealight to light the pumpkin, sprinkle a little cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice on the inside of the lid. It will smell like a pumpkin pie!


Petroleum Jelly: Rub the open areas of the pumpkin with vaseline or the generic equivalent – this will keep them from drying out quickly.

Photo and more tips from A Real Life Housewife

Soaking: If your pumpkin still gets a little shriveled, soak it in a cold water bath for up to eight hours to help revive it!

Do you carve pumpkins at Halloween? We’d love to hear any tips you have too!

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The Scrap Shoppe | Flamingo Toes | Mine for the Making | A Glimpse Inside

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