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I love the holidays, and fall has always been one of my absolute favorite seasons. The colors of burnt orange, burgundy, and brown are associated with the falling leaves and pumpkins. I don’t min seeing leaves all over on the ground, and I enjoy hearing them crunch under my feet as I walk. Since this is one of my favorite times of the year, I am always looking for ways to decorate my house inside and out using things found in nature or inexpensive items that can be worked into the decorations. I have been doing some online research this last week to try and jumpstart my brain into some new decorating ideas, and it gave me some new ideas to share.
• Use tree limbs, sticks, or corn stalks as outside decorations for a porch or front yard area. You want to find some really interesting tree limbs, like the oak limbs we see all over our area. These can be sprayed black or left alone for a more natural look. Stand them upright on your front porch as if they are still growing but bare limbed, so it resembles a spooky forest. Adding fake cobwebs or black paper bats (sparingly) will give it an extra touch. You can lean the sticks against the wall or attach them with fishing line.
• Make your own scarecrow. Remember the days when you made just about everything instead of buying it at the store? Grab some old clothes, newspapers, and find a chair to sit him in. The head can be a brown paper bag or pumpkin with a face drawn on it. Great fun for the kids.
• Lots of pumpkins everywhere! The more the better and in all shapes and sizes. Pile them up in bunches un-carved, and then if you want to carve them up wait until it is closer to Halloween so they don’t rot too quickly.
• Use those leaves on your lawn or in the neighborhood. Instead of raking them up and bagging them, save some to sprinkle around on the driveway and the walkway leading up to your front door. This will be great fun for trick or treaters as they make their way to your door. It may be a messy cleanup the next day, but worth it.
• Acorns, pine cones, feathers or seed pods are all things that would add a great touch outdoors and can usually be gathered for free. Collect them in clear canning jars or baskets and place them around the house or outside.
• Don’t forget the local dollar store for other decorations to complement your natural selections such as leaf garlands, artificial small pumpkins, spider webbing or battery operated candles. For $10 you can really get some great additions.
This busy mom has been especially busy this fall season with school, soccer games, and homework, but I love to take some time to enjoy my favorite season with my family. Decorating for fall makes such an impact, and the kids really like to see the house looking festive for the holidays. What’s even better, you can get extra mileage out of your fall decorations by leaving them up through Thanksgiving, and to me that is what decorating on a budget it all about!