Thursday, September 15, 2011

Thrifty Thursday~ Frugal Fall Decorating

You don't have to spend a fortune to give your home that festive autumn feeling, in fact, you might not have to spend a dime! Just look around and use things you might already have.  This is a great way to get the whole family involved, use nature and a little creativeness, and you have great decorations for Fall.

Here are some ideas:

Jars of Acorns:  Gathering acorns and place them in various sizes of mason jars. Then cover the top of each jar with an autumn-like fabric and ties it with a matching ribbon. FYI: acorns contain worms. You will need to place them in a bucket of bleach for a few hours and rinse and dry them before putting them in the jars. 

Tower of Gourds: Fill a tall, glass vase with various colors of fall gourds and tie a festive ribbon around the top. 

Real leaves: To keep your leaves from drying out, simply rub a moisturizer on the front and back. Scatter around your table and add a centerpiece and you will be ready for your fall get together. 

Pumpkin Vases: Use taller pumpkins to hold fresh fall flowers. Remove the insides of the pumpkin and place a vase within. Put flowers in the vase – they will appear to be inside the pumpkin! 

Cornstalks: Use tall corn stalks to decorate outdoor columns, posts, and mailboxes and tie with fall-colored ribbon. Accent with mums and for added height, add a potted mum or two to a bale of hay. 

Fall Wreaths: Make a fall wreath for your front door and involve the whole family! Simply purchase an inexpensive straw wreath from a craft store and go on a “nature walk”. Gather fall items – leaves, bird’s nests, pine cones, and seeds and glue gun to the wreath. Adorn with an autumn-colored bow and watch your front-door become ready for the season! 

Apple candles: Cut holes in the tops of apples to create taper candleholders. Arrange in a row on top of a fall-colored placemat or scattered leaves. 

Indian Corn: Arrange a row of Indian Corn in a glass rectangular vase. Place corn kernels on the bottom of the vase to hold corn in place. 

Autumn Stovetop Potpourri: To add a festive feel to an autumn gathering, stovetop potpourri can create an instant coziness to your home! Simply boil a saucepan of water on the back burner (leave the front burners for actual cooking!), add a sliced orange or apple (or both!). Reduce heat and simmer. Add a half teaspoon of nutmeg, a stick of cinnamon or a half teaspoon of ground cinnamon, and one very small clove. Cloves can be overpowering but will balance out the citrus aroma so be sure it is a small one! Reduce heat to the lowest setting – it needs to be heated through but not boiling. Check the pan once each hour to determine if more water should be added. FYI: This can be used for up to one day. 

Twig Candle Holders: Place a rubber band around a drinking glass. Insert small twigs under the rubber band and around the glass. Tie colored ribbon or raffia around the rubber band to cover it up and place a candle in the glass.

Happy decorating!

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