Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Budget-Friendly Fall Decor

Here in Colorado it's been above 90 degrees pretty much since May. Ugh.

Autumn? Bring it on!

I remember going into Hobby Lobby around this time last year and coming out empty handed -- I wanted to pick up a wreath and some autumnal knick-knacks to decorate my new apartment, but everything was simply too expensive.

With a little brainstorming, though, you can figure out ways to decorate even without space for it in your budget!

6 Cheap Tricks (or Treats?)

  1. Decorate with Food! 
    Every year I pick up a small pie pumpkin and let it sit on my doorstep till the snow flies -- then I make it into pie. Squash, gourds, apples? Similarly seasonal foods with a shelf-life that makes them amenable to being stuck on shelves or in centerpieces!
  2. A $5 Wreath.
    Go to the dollar store and pick up one twig wreath-base, two autumn garlands, and a couple little accent pieces. Throw it all together with glue or twist-ties. Looks just as good as a $18 wreath from WalMart.
  3. Think Cozy.
    Just draping an old blanket over the arm of your couch can make the living room feel ready for frosty nights!
  4. Scavenge--
    And enjoy the cooler weather by going for walks. Pick up acorns, leaves, and whatever fall paraphernalia you come across, and then scatter it around your house.
  5. Decorate with Smell. . .
    Apple Crisp or Pumpkin Muffins in the oven will trump a Yankee Candle any day of the week!
  6. Linens.
    Go through your towels, tablecloths, rag-bag, and whatnot to see if there's anything in seasonal colors that could be re-purposed and brought out!

It looks like it's going to be a cool, rainy day tomorrow, so I've off to stew myself in some chicken soup.

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What are the best fall crafting ideas you've seen so far this year?