Monday, October 22, 2012

Fall decor cheaply done, but not looking cheap!

 I'm a little slow at sharing some of the Halloween and fall decorations around my house.
Forgive me.  Fall has been a busy time around our house this year.

I don't like to spend a lot of money decorating for the holidays, and most years, the decorations I use are the same as the ones I had for the previous year, or ones that I pick up 90% off after the holidays.
Those are the best ones because most of the time I forget that I have them and then it's a surprise when I unpack them for the holidays!  It's the little things people!

I've found that you don't need to buy a lot of new decorations every year, just changing up where you have the items year after year sometimes helps.  I use a lot of my existing decor like this wire egg basket and this cloche and make them more festive by adding Halloween or fall items to them.

My husband likes to joke that I can't leave any flat surface undecorated for too long.


I *might* have a slight obsession with wreaths.
I added this little "spooky" banner to my book page wreath that is in my entry and the leaf wreath on the right was a garage sale buy that I got years ago for $5.


I decorated around it with some small lanterns and bronze jack o lanterns and dollar store spiders.


Several years ago I shared with you my Beware sign that I made from scrapbook paper and an unfinished wood sign.  I still love it.


This large woven bowl sits as the centerpiece on our dining room table.
I filled it with some of my moss boxes and acorns that I got at a garage sale last summer.


I have a small alcove on my front porch that houses some of my favorite vintage finds.
I added this autumn pumpkin that I got this summer for $1 at a garage sale.


 My youngest son was asking if I would be adding the bird to Rocky's head this year.
Don't know who Rocky is?
It's our bear head.  You can read about him here.
Of course we are going to add a bird to his head!
Love those dollar store crows!


Here's a close up of the decor on the mantle.
I found the berry jar filler on super sale at Pottery Barn {and by super sale, I mean three boxes were less than $1 total} a few years ago.
The {for real} vintage pharmacy bottles were bought at a garage sale a few years ago.
Wish I had bought more because I think they are my favorite things!
Did you get a chance to visit The Southern Institute for my book page and twine pumpkin tutorial?
 Not to worry.  I'll be posting the full tutorial next week in case you missed it.



I took several of my original pumpkins that I made in the tutorial to Persnickety's and after taking them, I wanted to make some more.
So I did.
Cuz that's how I roll.


Of course, I can't neglect decorating my very large kitchen island.
I added a few candles and took a paper mache pumpkin and mod podged book pages to that too.
No book is safe in my house!


 If you want to see my fall decor from last year, you can visit it here and see how many of the same items are being used in different places throughout the house.

Total spent for fall decor this year $7.49
Breakdown:
$3.99 paper mache pumpkin
$1 autumn sign for front porch
$2.50 live gourds 
How do you decorate for the holidays without spending a lot of money?

1 comment:

Carol, The Answer Is Chocolate said...

I love your Halloween decor and how it fits in and accents your overall decor. DEFINITELY not cheap looking :)