With fall making its debut next week, I decided it was time to add a few touches of autumn around the home. Just ask my husband, and he will assure you that decorating is in my genetic make-up and so is shopping for decorations. But, I’m learning (slowly, with trial-and-error, and a lot of grace) how to stay within a budget. Unexpected places like the dollar store and sales at local craft stores, make it a little easier to find good deals — and that’s just where I meandered to scout out some decor for a few projects.
Project #1: Autumn Wreath
I like to accessorize our front door with seasonal wreaths, and a few years ago I began experimenting with making my own. Not only do they usually end up costing less than the pre-made ones sold in stores (nothing wrong with store bought), but when you’re the creative type, it’s just fun to add personal touches!
I gathered all my supplies for this wreath at Hobby Lobby, for under $15. Most of the decor was conveniently on sale and I used a 40% off coupon for the grapevine wreath. A while back when I was shopping at Hobby Lobby, eyeing a painting that was too steep for my wallet, a kind woman let me in on a secret: If you do a web search for Hobby Lobby Coupon, you can get a 40%-off-one-item coupon; it comes in handy, especially with the higher priced items.
To make the wreath, I cut off clusters of leaves from the long garland of leaves I purchased, and wove them into the grapevine wreath. I used the ribbons of wire that were already attached to the leaves to hold them in place on the wreath. No glue!
For a finishing touch, I added a flower and an orange bead embellishment. Again, no glue, because both had an attached wire that easily wrapped around the wreath.
Just a few simple steps and my fall wreath was ready for display. It’s welcoming, festive, and one of my favorite wreaths to date!
Project #2: Autumn Centerpiece
The kitchen table is a central spot in our home where meals and conversations are shared on a daily basis. And a centerpiece is a great way to brighten up this popular spot in the home.
Would you believe that all the decorations for this centerpiece (minus the tray and the two red leaves on the ends) came from the dollar store??? That’s right. The tray was 50% off at Hobby Lobby, the two red leaves on the ends were leftover from my wreath project, and everything else was a bargain at the dollar store!
The cute orange flower piece was a dollar store find.
So was the pumpkin pie candle and orange leaf garland.
The orange mason jar, almond-hued flowers, and pumpkin ribbon (also fun dollar store finds) all came separately, and I put the vase together in under five minutes with a touch of hot glue to keep the ribbon secured.
A few creative touches went a long way with this centerpiece, and now it’s a bright spot on the table where my family will gather this fall for pumpkin treats, warm apple cider, and good conversation as the leaves change colors and drift to ground outside.
What about you? How to you decorate on a budget? What’s your favorite part of the fall season?
Next week, I’m welcoming fall here on the blog with a NEW autumn-inspired recipe. Come on back and see what I made in the kitchen!