The leaves are falling, football is in full swing and the nights have definitely gotten cooler! Fall is upon us! It’s my favorite time of year & a multitude of décor options abound! Follow these tips to create fall & Halloween décor that is budget friendly, won’t create more clutter for you to store, & is sustainable. When you are done with most of these ideas, they can simply be thrown away, recycled or composted. Happy Designing!
1. Gather branches from outside & place them in a vase. You can either leave them natural or paint them gold or even a warm fall color like red, orange or yellow. Give them a spooky look by painting them black.
2. Gather acorns from outside – remove the cap & paint the nut a fun color (or even patterns) & replace the cap when dry (this is a great project for kids!) Put all the nuts into a glass jar for a decorative shelf or table centerpiece.
3. Take old sheets or extra white or black fabric & make a ghost to hang from your trees or front door. Wrap the sheet around a balloon or old ball you have lying around the house & tie it up with fishing string. Hang in trees or porch.
4. Spray paint leaves from outside a beautiful gold or silver & lay on top of your table runner for a pop of color to your dining table or sideboard. Again painting them black will add a goth look.
5. Create cheap small spider webs for your front door by pulling apart cotton balls until they are the size of web you want. Add a plastic $1 spider from the dollar store or make a spider shape from black construction paper.
6. Pumpkins are great for decorating front porches & your imagination is the only limit as to what you can do with them (carve, paint, add ribbons, etc..)
7. Use natural materials (like branches, leaves & acorns) as the basis to decorate for Halloween then when Halloween is over, remove the spooky elements (like spiders and ghosts) & add in more Thanksgiving elements (like warm colored ribbons and cornucopias). Redecoration will be a breeze & you won’t waste time decorating for 2 different holidays that are so close together.
8. Get three ears of dried corn either from a field, grocery store or farmers market. Pull the husks up leaving them attached but separated from the actual ear of corn. Tie up the 3 ears where the husk meets the ear with a beautiful warm color or burlap ribbon (found at most craft or dollar stores). Very inexpensive & you can throw it away or compost it when your done. This can be used as a front door wreath, wall décor or centerpiece.
9. Use nuts as a décor item. Their wood-grains & brown tones make them the perfect fall decoration. Buy them from a grocery store or find them in nature. Hot glue them to a wreath, fill a bowl with them, or use them as filler for a clear glass vase.
10. Using cardboard from your recycling bin, trace & cut out large letters that make the word, “BOO.” Paint the letters black, add glitter & maybe some cotton ball spiderwebs (use your imagination here). Use removable 3M tape to affix to your front door.