Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Be Kind to Your Budget As You Decorate for Fall

  Today, Jonell (a Stringtown Home contributing author) is sharing her tips & tricks for decorating for the fall.... on a budget!
That is one of my favorite things about autumn - rustic, natural décor looks great!

Tips- Hints- Ideas- Reminders

To Be Kind to Your Budget

"Use Whatcha Got Ladies"

And Still Indulge Your Passion for Seasonal & Theme Decorating

This Bridal Wreath is DONEIt must be cut down and dug up Replaced with another Bridal Wreath

Fall is the absolute BEST SEASON for fabulous decorating
and without Devouring  the BUDGET
Why stress out over something so easy to handle
  1. First, retrieve on hand supplies in storage:  BASKETS, CRATES, CHURNS,buckets
  2. Locate your stash of good dried materials you used last year
  3. Inventory your own yard and garden for things that are great when dried- grasses, branches
  4. Do you have basic spray paint colors left from earlier projects...a little paint = easy spruce up
  5. Don't forget Fall Accessories like:  Rakes, Hoes, Shovels and hand garden tools

Think N-A-T-U-R-A-L-S
*What qualifies as NATURALS?
  • Pine Cones [ & other varieties]
  • Gourds
  • Bare Gnarly Branches  like Sweet Gum
  • Grasses
  • Acorns
  • Ornamental Squashes
  • Pumpkins...fresh from the market they have quite a long life... you can EVEN PAINT THEM
  • Pecans...and Walnuts, Hazlenuts, Choose your NUTS
  • Stones, Pebbles,
  • Fresh Vegetables...Onions, Potatoes, - Mangos, Pomgranates, Egg Plants, Avocados etc.,
  • Garlic Blooms, Driftwood, Leaves/magnolia, Laurel, Bay leaves, vines
Do you have a hanging wire basket, an unusual bowl that shows off fresh fruit? Pile them high with a variety of your produce when you do your grocery shopping-mix it up  
Question:  Is it worth the effort doing all this decorating for such a short 'season'?
Answer:  Make it a longer Fall decorating season by getting started in early to mid September-the naturals last practically forever.
Question:   How in the world do I decorate with fresh fruit and vegetables?
Answer: Fill your unique wooden bowls, baskets or clear glass containers with them.  Baskets, Bowls, all kinds of containers are just perfect - take a sweet little hammered aluminum basket and pile high with your yellow onions.   
You don't have to plan a shopping day to hit the malls and the big (wonderful as they are) Craft Stores

Like Gramma's House

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  1. Yaaaayyyy fall is coming!! I agree about using what comes to hand! Crepe myrtle limbs are good for decorating too. I cut them after the seed pods form, let them dry a few days and then clear seal them with a matte spray. They last forever and the squiggly little ends are great for "filling space".
    Thank you for a great article, AND the promise of cooler weather. Texas is baking!
    Blessings to you,

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    2. Yes, "J" I cut the branches from Crepe Myrtle...the little seed pods make them interesting -btw Did you ever think of painting them later/dried: GOLD OR SILVER...great to mix it up at Christmastime.Happy you found the info useful/interesting! Thanks a bunch

  2. I'm so excited for Fall to come too. It's taking forever and it's so hot. I too love to look for stuff from outside to decorate inside. Great ideas.

    Hugs from Oklahoma,

    Cottage Making Mommy

    1. YAAYYY Kindred spirits Valerie- I too am looking fwd to THE NEXT SEASON. You know God knew we would appreciate the CHANGES, didn't he?