A lot of these supplies can be found in your yard or a forest. I only bought the spray paint and the artificial gourds (which I actually bought for a wreath making party because they were 50% off). My kids and I had a lovely romp through the forest in late September to gather these things. We used a lot of them for our Autumn Porch Display.
- 7 Mason Jars
- 7 Tea lights
- Pine cones
- Gourds (mine were artificial)
- Acorns (half of mine were artificial)
- Maple keys
- Gold spray paint
- Birch bark (Find it on the ground, or on a dead tree – don’t pull off a living birch’s bark.)
- Wine corks
- Tall grass or wheat
- Earlier in the week choose half of your pine cones, sticks, grass, maple keys, birch bark and leaves and spray paint them gold. I did half of mine a really shiny metallic gold, and half of them a caramel latte colour. I liked the metallic gold much better.
- Let them dry, flip them over, and paint the other side.
- When it’s time to set your table light the candles and put them in the Mason Jars. You can light them right before dinner, but as you set up things will be resting on the jars and when you remove them to put the candles out and in again everything will tip over and need to be re-set a bit.
- Place the Mason Jars in a crooked line across the table.
- Lay out everything around the Mason Jars. Make sure the most beautiful or small things are visible. I wanted to make sure my gold leaf, gold birch bark, and gold stick were showing:
- Give it a look-over to make sure things are spread out nicely, and that the best side of the items are showing.
That’s it! Isn’t it beautiful? It looked so magical to me. It worked so well we gathered it all up and took it to my parents’ house for my side of the family’s Thanksgiving !