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    Chris Olsen: Fall decorating tips

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Chris Olsen with Botanica Gardens stopped by "THV 11 This Morning" with some fabulous fall decorating tips.

    Branching Out

    Fall leaves and pumpkins go together. The blending of the colors look great together. Take fallen leaves and allow them to dry. To press, place them between two sheets of paper and lay in the pages of a large book. Stack heavy books on top. Let sit for at least 24 hours. It's also possible to dry leaves in a microwave oven by heating them at a medium setting for 30 seconds. With a small paint brush dab all-purpose craft glue onto the back of each leaf. Apply leaves to a pumpkin in a desired design.

    Silk leaves will work as well and will last a lot longer under outdoor conditions.

    Contemporary Pumpkin Decorating

    If you know me, I like to add contemporary elements to my designs. Fall decorating is no exception. I have some fresh and new ideas that will make any home look festive for the autumn season.

    One project is to take a potted plant such as a boxwood, decorate the rim of the pot with assorted gourds and green sheet moss. Then as a pedestal, under the pot place a flat pumpkin such as a Cinderella pumpkin. Make sure to level the container on the pumpkin with a generous layer of green sheet moss.

    Another look is to simply line up three pumpkins in a row. This looks great on a shelf or even on a stack of books. Even a potted ivy with a pumpkin on top placed at an slight angle looks so awesome and fall like.

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