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Crafting Great DIY Holiday Decorations with Your Family

falldecor Halloween and its fun may be over, but you can still flex your creative, decorative muscles with some DIY holiday decorations and crafts that are fun for the whole family. Whether it’s a wreath for the door, décor for the Thanksgiving table, or simple treats, you’ll celebrate autumn in style.

Fall Leaves Wreath

Here’s a fun and easy-to-do way to add new flair to your Thanksgiving decorations. 1. Collect lots of fallen leaves—big, small, yellow, red, and brown. Just make sure the majority of leaves you’re collecting are intact. 2. Get some metal wiring (pipe cleaners or bendable twigs can work, too) and make a circle (big or small) that doubles over several times. 3. Fix the leaves to the wreath base by gluing the stems to it. If you want to make a wreath that lasts a long time, carefully apply a layer of Mod Podge (or other strong adhesive) to the leaves to make them sturdy. 4. Attach other fall plants to the wreath as you’d like, such as acorns or fall flowers. This is an inexpensive project that’ll get the kids outside, and make them proud about adding something special to their home for the season.

DIY Thanksgiving Candle

There’s no quicker way to introduce the new season by lighting some seasonal candles around the home. Thanksgiving comes with a lot of warm scents like apple and apple pie, cranberry sauce, pumpkin spice, and more. Before you go out and get a new seasonal ensemble of candles, think about making your own. The process can be as easy or complex as you’d like it. 1. Grab some cool candle holders. These can be pre-made for candles specifically or just various jars or other objects that can hold a lit candle. 2. Melt some candle wax with a double boiler system. You can buy candle wax in any craft store and can even find them at major supermarkets. 3. Next, add a scent. You can buy some pre-made essential oils for candles, or you can make your own. 4. Once the scent is mixed in, set a wick into your candleholder and pour in your melted wax. Let it cool. Then, light and enjoy!

Apple Hand Pies from YummyHealthyEasy

Sometimes making a whole pie feels like such a commitment. These hand pies from YummyHealthyEasy scale down classic pie to a hand-sized treat that offers up just enough bites of deliciousness. Make hand pies for a bake sale, potluck, or for Thanksgiving, and watch the compliments roll in. If you’re baking with the kids, teach them proper safety precautions before beginning 1. Gather your ingredients as listed in the link above. 2. For filling: Place peeled and sliced apples in lemon juice and stir to coat. Set aside. Combine sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add apples and return to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer until apples are tender, about 6 minutes. Set aside to cool. 3. To assemble: Make egg wash by whisking egg yolk and 2 Tbsp. water with a fork. With a rolling pin, roll out pastry halves to ⅛". Cut each half into 4-5 rectangles. Place 1-2 Tbsp. of apple filling on half of one side of each pastry rectangle. Sprinkle about 1-2 Tbsp. crushed Frosted Flakes over top of apple filling. Brush the edges of the pastry with egg wash and fold pastry in half, sealing in the apples. Press the edges together then crimp with a fork. Place on cookie sheet(s) covered with parchment paper. 4. Chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, preheat oven to 375º and pull out cookie sheet(s) from fridge. Brush tops with egg wash. Slice about three vents in the top of each pie to allow steam to escape. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden and the pastry is cooked through. Makes 8-10 hand pies. Can cut recipe in half to make 4-5 hand pies if desired. Enjoy! Your home will soon be the picture of autumn with these crafts and treats. On behalf of all your friends at Protect Your Home, enjoy the season – and happy crafting!

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