3 clever ways with hazel­nuts

Add au­tum­nal style to any gath­er­ing with these pretty party ac­cents

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Make serv­ing a breeze

with can cad­dies

All it takes is two soup cans, a hand­ful of nuts and some glue to cre­ate these cute and clever uten­sil con­tain­ers. They’re per­fect for a buf­fet dis­play. To do: For each, start by rins­ing out a soup can and pat­ting it dry, then use a hot-glue gun to at­tach hazel­nuts to the out­side of the can one by one, form­ing rows that wrap all the way around. Once the can is cov­ered, tie a length of green rib­bon around it and in­sert uten­sils.

SE­CRET SOURCE: For fresh hazel­nuts at a good price, try “Hazel­nuts in Shell,” $6 per pound (about 100 nuts), Nuts.com

Dress up the ta­ble

with a sea­sonal dis­play

Fall flow­ers nes­tled in a tri­fle bowl full of hazel­nuts make a sur­pris­ing (and very easy!) cen­ter­piece. To do: Fill a 4 oz. drink­ing glass half­way with wa­ter and place in the cen­ter of a tri­fle bowl. Fill the space around the glass with hazel­nuts, then snip sev­eral green mums and “Green Trick” di­anthus to 8 inches and pop the flow­ers into the glass. Fill in any gaps with hazel­nuts, then tie a green rib­bon around the bowl.

Im­press every­one

with a charm­ing trivet

Your friends and loved ones will go nuts for this savvy serv­ing tray that’s made from an old pic­ture frame. To do: Place a 1"-deep white pic­ture frame on your work sur­face. Lay a sheet of white pa­per over the glass to cover it. Pour two to three hand­fuls of sand (avail­able at the craft store) over the pa­per-cov­ered glass and spread it out. Next, care­fully nes­tle hazel­nuts into the frame un­til the sand is cov­ered, us­ing your hands to spread the nuts out and cre­ate a mostly even sur­face. Dis­play the tray on a ta­ble as a trivet for tea and more.

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