Gilded Harvest Place Cards

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While I'm still partially mourning the last bits of summer (specifically the abundance of late afternoon light), I'm ready for fall. It's my favorite time of year, but with all the joy of the upcoming holidays, it can also provide its fair share of headaches when it comes to decision-making. Since I do a lot of fall entertaining, I like slightly thematic meals, everything from the way I set the table to what I serve. Since miniature pumpkins are everywhere this time of year, here's an easy way to turn a simple squash into a stunning place card that you can re-use all season long.

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What you need: spray adhesive (paint on adhesive will also work), mini pumpkins (found at any local grocery store), gold leafing, painters tape, newspaper, and a sponge brush.

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Step 1: Lay the newspaper on your work surface to prevent making a mess, then wrap the painters tape around the middle of the pumpkin, covering the bottom half.

Step 2: Lightly coat one section of the pumpkin with spray adhesive. 

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Step 3: Press the gold foil down on sticky section of the pumpkin, gently patting with the dry sponge brush. Then slowly peel back the wax paper- leaving only the gold foil.

Step 4: Continue steps two and three on the entire top half of the pumpkin, filling in all the grooves. Then carefully peel off the tape and, using the same dry sponge brush, pat down the gold foil to ensure it lies flat. 

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