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How to DIY the holidays


UNDATED -- BC-ASK-MARTHA-THANKSGIVING-GOOD-THINGS-ART-NYTSF — Do-It-Yourself: This fall-inspired table runner will add a touch of flair to your Thanksgiving dinner presentation. (CREDIT: Alpha Smoot) -- ONLY FOR USE WITH ARTICLE SLUGGED -- BC-ASK-MARTHA-THANKSGIVING-GOOD-THINGS-ART-NYTSF -- OTHER USE PROHIBITED.
UNDATED -- BC-ASK-MARTHA-THANKSGIVING-GOOD-THINGS-ART-NYTSF — Taking a moment to fold napkins beautifully adds an elegance to any holiday table. Make a Pocket. (CREDIT: Alpha Smoot) -- ONLY FOR USE WITH ARTICLE SLUGGED -- BC-ASK-MARTHA-THANKSGIVING-GOOD-THINGS-ART-NYTSF -- OTHER USE PROHIBITED.
UNDATED -- BC-ASK-MARTHA-THANKSGIVING-GOOD-THINGS-ART-NYTSF — Taking a moment to fold napkins beautifully adds an elegance to any holiday table. Wrap It Around. (CREDIT: Alpha Smoot) -- ONLY FOR USE WITH ARTICLE SLUGGED -- BC-ASK-MARTHA-THANKSGIVING-GOOD-THINGS-ART-NYTSF -- OTHER USE PROHIBITED.
UNDATED -- BC-ASK-MARTHA-THANKSGIVING-GOOD-THINGS-ART-NYTSF — Taking a moment to fold napkins beautifully adds an elegance to any holiday table. Add a Craft. (CREDIT: Alpha Smoot) -- ONLY FOR USE WITH ARTICLE SLUGGED -- BC-ASK-MARTHA-THANKSGIVING-GOOD-THINGS-ART-NYTSF -- OTHER USE PROHIBITED.
UNDATED -- BC-ASK-MARTHA-THANKSGIVING-GOOD-THINGS-ART-NYTSF — Taking a moment to fold napkins beautifully adds an elegance to any holiday table. Tie One On. (CREDIT: Alpha Smoot) -- ONLY FOR USE WITH ARTICLE SLUGGED -- BC-ASK-MARTHA-THANKSGIVING-GOOD-THINGS-ART-NYTSF -- OTHER USE PROHIBITED.
UNDATED -- BC-ASK-MARTHA-THANKSGIVING-GOOD-THINGS-ART-NYTSF — While you put the finishing touches on dinner, keep your guests happy with this tangy shrimp appetizer. (CREDIT: Alpha Smoot) -- ONLY FOR USE WITH ARTICLE SLUGGED -- BC-ASK-MARTHA-THANKSGIVING-GOOD-THINGS-ART-NYTSF -- OTHER USE PROHIBITED.
UNDATED -- BC-ASK-MARTHA-THANKSGIVING-GOOD-THINGS-ART-NYTSF — Ole! What could be more festive than a pitcher of this Negroni cocktail? (CREDIT: Alpha Smoot) -- ONLY FOR USE WITH ARTICLE SLUGGED -- BC-ASK-MARTHA-THANKSGIVING-GOOD-THINGS-ART-NYTSF -- OTHER USE PROHIBITED.
UNDATED -- BC-ASK-MARTHA-THANKSGIVING-GOOD-THINGS-ART-NYTSF — Dressed to impress: It's easy to add an extra touch of color and different accents to throw pillows. (From left) Bows, stripes and tassels.(CREDIT: Alpha Smoot)..--..ONLY FOR USE WITH ARTICLE SLUGGED -- BC-ASK-MARTHA-THANKSGIVING-GOOD-THINGS-ART-NYTSF -- OTHER USE PROHIBITED.
UNDATED -- BC-ASK-MARTHA-THANKSGIVING-GOOD-THINGS-ART-NYTSF — These pie collars will make your dessert table more festive: (clockwise, from top right) Bay Leaf, Olive and Eucalyptus. (CREDIT: Alpha Smoot) -- ONLY FOR USE WITH ARTICLE SLUGGED -- BC-ASK-MARTHA-THANKSGIVING-GOOD-THINGS-ART-NYTSF -- OTHER USE PROHIBITED.

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

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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.