I love how simple cornhusk can add so much to a votive candle holder!  We are growing corn in our garden this year, and I am so excited to try this out!  Thank you for this idea, Martha!

Cornhusk Votives

Cornhusk Votives


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Wrapped in dried cornhusks, votives cast a soft glow and serve as a reminder that corn was part of the first Thanksgiving feast.

Tools and Materials
Cutting mat
Utility knife
Dried cornhusks
Double-sided tape
Votive holders

Cornhusk Votives How-To
On a cutting mat, use a ruler and utility knife to cut the widest part of the dried cornhusks (available at crafts stores) to the height of your votive holders. Apply double-sided tape around a votive holder, about 1/4 inch from the bottom. Affix 2 or 3 cornhusks, overlapping the edges, to the holder. Finish by tying with a ribbon.


I’ve always thought these were so pretty, but Martha by far has the most beautiful one here.  Seems a bit more of a difficult craft, but definitely something to keep on file for when you’re feeling crafty!




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A raffia cornucopia lined with a bed of dried wheat stalks holds an abundance of golden squashes, apples, and pears. Set on a wide sideboard or chest, it’s a natural Thanksgiving decorations that radiates good fortune: In Greek mythology, the cornucopia — Latin for “horn of plenty” — was a magical goat’s horn that filled itself with whatever food and drink its owner requested. It has become a universal symbol of bounty, and in America is closely tied to Thanksgiving.

Tools and Materials
2-foot-long wicker cornucopia (available at craft stores or floral shops)
2 yards of burlap
Hot-glue gun
3 two-hundred-gram packages of raffia
Spool of jute string
Large binder clip

Cornucopia How-To
1. Pull the burlap around the wicker cornucopia frame, and tuck it inside. Trim any extra burlap with scissors, leaving enough to fold under at edges for a finished look.

2. Hot-glue the burlap to the frame, lifting the fabric in several areas to apply glue. Press firmly for several seconds so the burlap sticks. Inside the frame, fold the burlap edges under to make a clean hem, and glue to the frame.

3. Assemble a hank of raffia about 3/4 inch thick; using string, tie a knot around one end of the hank, and clip it to the table. Then wind the string around the raffia at 2-inch intervals to make a yard-long rope.

4. When you get to the other end, tie a knot. Make another raffia rope. Then, using a short piece of jute string, tie the two ropes together end to end to create one double-length rope.

5. Make a total of nine double-length ropes to cover a cornucopia of this size. For the lip of the cornucopia, make one double-length raffia rope, about 2 1/4 inches thick, tying the string around it at 4-inch intervals so the result is looser.

6. Tie the end of a raffia rope to the tip of the frame with string. Wind the raffia around, and apply glue as you go. At the end of the rope, tie it to another with string, and continue. When all but the lip is covered, ties a long piece of string to the end of the last raffia rope and wrap it around the frame; knot it.

7. At the basket lip, attach the thicker raffia tope to the last thin rope with string, tying at 4-inch intervals. (Note: If your cornucopia has a protruding, traylike base, as this one does, you can cover it with more raffia; but if you line it with wheat, the base won’t show.)

8. Apply more hot glue where needed to secure the raffia ropes to the frame. To display, line the opening with stalks of dried wheat, and add long-lasting fruits and vegetables.

First Published: November 2004

So we recently planted a vegetable garden, and with it are pumpkins.  It’s more for my son, I know he will have so much fun watching them grow.  And while I love pumpkin pie, and will definitely puree some for future recipes, I’m sure we will find ourselves with pumpkins in excess.  So, Martha once again, has provided me with some GREAT pumpkin decor ideas!  I have wanted to try this one in the planters for a long time now—I hate how they look when they are bare—this will help fest them up! ;D

Outdoor Bouquet

Outdoor Bouquet


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Showcase a sunset-hued medley of fall vegetables and foliage in decorative urns. In the process, containers languishing without summer blooms will get a new job. (If you don’t have an urn, look for one at a garden-supply store.) Leave the old soil in the vessels — or place large rocks inside — and cover the top with a variety of foliage from your backyard, such as maple leaves. Then pile on finds from farmers’ markets and pumpkin stands, such as viburnum berries, gourds, and mini pumpkins. The arrangement should last two to three weeks.

Pumpkin “Pie” Potpourri

Pumpkin "Pie" Potpourri


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Use a pumpkin incense burner to suggest the cozy scent of pie just out of the oven. Cut off the pumpkin’s top and scrape out the innards; carve round vents with an apple corer. Rub cinnamon or pumpkin-pie spices onto the lid, or push cloves into it. With a lighted tealight candle inside, the pumpkin will give off a lovely fragrance for about six hours.

Okay, I love wreaths, I have been working on a Christmas wreath for the past 3 years and still have yet to finish it—yet I aspire to do them.  Maybe this fall I can get on my horse and do it!  This is once again from Martha Stewart—of course!

Midas Touches: In Full Feather

Midas Touches: In Full Feather


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The harvest theme takes on new dimensions when executed in unexpected colors and materials. Turkey quill feathers and magnolia leaves, colored on one side with floral spray, are mixed with stalks of wheat to create a stunning wreath. The feathers reappear as gold imprints on pillar candles, which are paired with faux-bois versions in a rich green and gold. Quinces, a nest of golden eggs, and more gilded magnolia leaves continue the unusual color scheme. Below, the modern table setting picks up the palette with chartreuse place mats on a bleached-oak table, contrasted with matte white plates and Venetian glass tumblers. The feather motif is repeated on the napkin and the place card. Twig breadsticks and a butter pat etched with a faux-bois pattern further the natural references.

Golden Harvest Wreath How-To
This 22-inch wreath form was decorated with about 90 magnolia leaves, 150 wheat stems, and 25 feathers. If you can’t find magnolia leaves, use any other sturdy, broad leaf. This wreath can last for several years: After the holidays, place it, front side up, in a flat box cushioned with tissue paper. Keep it in a cool, dry place. If a few of the magnolia leaves look tired when you unpack it, replace them with freshly painted ones.

Tools and Materials
Floral spray in brilliant gold White feathers
Magnolia leaves
24-gauge gold wire
Gardening shears
Wheat stems
22-inch wire wreath form
Hot-glue gun

1. On a clean, dry surface protected by paper in a well-ventilated area, spray the feathers and the top sides of the magnolia leaves gold. Let dry.

2. Bundle 3 leaves with a small piece of wire; snip end. Bundle 5 wheat stems with wire, and snip end. Repeat with the remaining leaves and stems. Wrap the bundles to the wreath form with a single piece of wire, alternating and overlapping bundles of leaves and stems. Keep them tight and close together.

3. Once the wreath form is covered, insert the feathers at equal intervals. Glue in place.

Feather-Printed Candles, Napkins, and Place Cards How-To
A single feather can be reused on several surfaces. This technique works equally well on any type of candle, cotton or linen fabric, and on heavy paper, such as card stock. If making napkins, you will need an ink pad with ink designed for use on fabric. Feathers are available at crafts or fishing-gear stores.

Tools and Materials
Ink pad in metallic gold or brown, either fabric-safe or standard ink, depending on the project
Scrap paper, for blotting
Place cards, napkins, and candles

1. Place a feather on ink pad; place a piece of scrap paper on top. Flip, then press with fingertips. With tweezers, remove feather from paper.

2. Place the feather, ink side down, on the surface you wish to print. Lay a fresh piece of scrap paper over the feather, then carefully roll brayer over the surface. Remove the feather with tweezers. Let dry. For napkins: Check to see if the fabric ink needs to be heat-set with an iron. For candle: The ink will only partially dry on the candle’s wax surface. It is still suitable for use, but can smudge, so handle with care.

Faux-Bois Candles How-To
We used 6 sheets of smooth beeswax to roll a pillar candle from scratch, although you could wrap a sheet of beeswax around a store-bought pillar (start with step 3, below). Keep in mind that the color of the sheet of wax may not match the store-bought candle.

Tools and Materials
Ruler Craft knife
Smooth beeswax sheets
1-inch-wide craft brush
Glazing medium in gold
Wood-graining tool

1. With ruler and craft knife, cut a sheet of wax to the height you want your candle to be. Cut wicking 1 inch longer than this measurement. Lay wicking along 1 short edge of sheet, allowing a 1/2-inch overhang.

2. Fold edge of sheet over wicking, and roll tightly, adding sheets until candle is desired circumference. Trim. Smooth the seam with your fingertips.

3. With the ruler and craft knife, cut a sheet of wax to fit the just-rolled (or store-bought) candle. Lay sheet on a flat, clean surface protected with paper.

4. With the craft brush, coat the sheet with glazing medium.

5. Drag wood-graining tool across the wax. (If you don’t like the results, try again, wiping the tool between uses.) Let dry.

6. Align the edges of the glazed sheet with the top and bottom of the candle, and roll the sheet gently in place. The warmth of your fingertips should make it stick; if not, use a hair dryer set on medium to warm it slightly. Smooth out the seam with your fingertips, being careful not to smudge the glaze.

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