Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year to decorate. Maybe it’s the promise of cooler days and evenings after months of blistering heat. Maybe it’s the smells of burning leaves, apple cider, and dried peach pies at fall festivals. Here in the South, we fake Fall until it officially arrives (usually October) by decorating in September, even when sweltering temperatures are still the norm.
Decorating for Fall using natural supplies will cut down on costs and add a dimension of interest and uniqueness. I enjoy decorating in September and, with a few updates along the way, having it carry through Thanksgiving.
Last year I created a pumpkin topiary using three colors of pumpkins and leaves. While I considered fake pumpkins and the ability to use them from year-to-year, the prices were too steep. These three real pumpkins were around $20 whereas similar fake ones would have cost in excess of $80.
For this type of display the key is finding pumpkins that will stack without danger of falling. Look for flat tops versus round. Cut off the stem of the lower two pumpkins for a snug fit. The top pumpkin should have a cute curly stem as this adds a fun flair.
The container has been a fixture on my porch for years, and the leaves I must admit were fake. I took them from a Thanksgiving arrangement that had seen better days.
Corn husks can be a beautiful addition and are often free if you know a family with a corn field. I did run into problems with keeping the stalks upright on windy days. Initially, I adhered 3M Command hooks to my stucco and tied the stalks to it. Under direct sun and hot temperatures, the hooks failed daily. This year I am considering a different approach (ideas?).
My wreath is actually not a wreath, but a swag purchased at Hobby Lobby for half-price. Seasonal wreaths are pricey most of the time — or at least the pretty ones are. Selecting a floral swag and either wrapping it around a wreath frame (wire, twig, etc.) or free forming it (as I did) will create a gorgeous re-useable wreath.
What are your tips for saving money while decorating for Fall 2013?
9/28/13: Nehemiah 5-7.
9/29/13: Nehemiah 8-10.
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