By Martha Stewart

New York Times News Service

Leaves aren’t just for expanding the size of your Thanksgiving table.

Take the kind piling up outdoors and make a one-of-a-kind runner. Start with a length of linen and fray the edges.

Using a roller, coat fallen foliage one at a time in fabric paint and press it, paint-side down, onto the runner. Place a piece of paper on top and go over it with a brayer (available at crafts stores) to transfer all the little details. The result will be imprinted in your family’s memories.

Personalize it: Know when to fold them …

Napkins are the easiest, most elegant way to dress up your holiday place settings — and add a big serving of personality. Here are four simple techniques.

1. MAKE A POCKET: Fold a square dinner napkin in half, then in quarters. Fold the open corner’s top layer to meet the opposite corner. Turn over the napkin, fold it into thirds, and turn it back over.

2. WRAP IT AROUND: Pair a botanical accent, like a faux or dried branch spray-painted gold, with an unfussy band. Fold a napkin in thirds, wrap it around the plate and tuck the ends under.

3. ADD A CRAFT: A 3-D turkey and crayons keep kids occupied. Stick a honeycomb ball on hefty paper, add feathers and a face, and set the gobbler on a quarter-folded napkin.

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