Add an artful acorn, an overflowing cornucopia, and simple place cards to decorate your Thanksgiving table. Each takes only minutes to make.
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From the 7/8-inch dowel, cut a piece 4 to 5 inches long so that the ends are slightly angled. (You’ll need one piece for each decoration.)
When making several acorns, vary the cuts slightly to make each unique.
Drill a 7/64-inch hole through the center of the PVC cap. With the cap upside down, hold the dowel centered under the hole. Place the bit in the hole and drill into the dowel. Use a 1-inch sheet metal screw to fasten the dowel to the cap.
Spray-paint the cap and stem, let dry, and apply two additional coats. After the final coat, place the cap on the wide end of the glass shade.
To turn the decoration into a light, add an electric candle. Avoid using lit candles or votive candles in the enclosed space.
Lay a squash on its side and slice off most of the bottom at an angle. Remove the seeds and debris from the inside.
Cut florist foam to fill the inside of the squash, and pack it tightly inside.
Use wire to bind pieces of kale to skewers. Then poke the ends of skewers into the sides of small pumpkins and gourds. Leave a few extra gourds and pumpkins to arrange beside the cornucopia.
Insert the largest skewered gourds, pumpkins, and clumps of kale into the florist foam. Fill any gaps with smaller skewered items. For optional variety, insert small berry branches and twigs.
Peel individual tiles from the mesh backing.
For an angled place card, glue the wide end of a cork to the center of the tile back. Gluing the cork closer to the top edge allows it to lean more. Omit the cork for a place card that rests flat.
Write a guest’s name on the tile using a permanent marker for place cards you’ll use once; use a dry-erase marker for reusable place cards.