My go-to decorating medium is what nature has to offer for free. I rarely shop for seasonal decor. If I do I find a way to use it time and time again.
It’s kind of funny. Growing up I always kind of felt like I was being punished for living in the country. The older I got; the wiser I got and grew to love the stunning beauty the country had to offer. There is nothing more beautiful than the crisp crimson and amber pallet that I am greeted with as I part my curtains during the Fall. I took full advantage of the scenery by bringing it indoors. Especially with our newest addition to our family, being only 4 weeks old, it’s hard to venture out of the house.
My husband was sweet enough to help me by trimming away some branches from a tree. I then laid the branches on some newspapers outdoors and sprayed them with a good coat of white spray paint.
I then went around and collected some leaves. This is the time to get the kids involved!
Finishing up this project is as easy as heating up your hot glue gun and gluing a few leaves onto the branches. I only did a few, creating the appearance that all of the others had fallen from the tree. Remember not to put too much thought into this project. Nature isn’t perfect.
Shop around your house for a vessel to place your Fall twigs into. Be creative.
With this next project I snagged the pumpkins from my Fall mantel and other Halloween decor. Does anyone else cringe at throwing away your Fall pumpkins? If you don’t grow them in your own garden they can become a little pricey. I try to start my pumpkin/gourd shopping very early in the season and use them in multiple ways all the way up until Christmas.
These little cuties started out as an average orange pumpkin. With the addition of a little paint from a paint sample that I purchased for only $2 at a home improvement store and a little glitter to add a splash of glam; I managed to achieve a completely different look for this mantel.
Adding in some vintage books (handed down from my family) created some height and also added in more colors from the neutral pallet. Also notice that I stuffed in some more of those leaves from my yard for more interest.
‘Be Thankful’ always, but for this mantel and this time of year we want to be sure to be a little extra thankful. As a reminder and a fun addition to my mantel I created this sign. And I created it for $0. Never underestimate the power a free wood pallet has to offer. By removing the wood slats off of a pallet you are left with a pre-made, custom, rustic wood sign. I wanted this particular sign to be simple and natural looking. I left the rough texture and took a marker and simply wrote the saying directly onto the sign. That was it. I couldn’t be more satisfied with the entire outcome of this mantel and I didn’t have to spend more than $2 on the entire project. Now THAT is something to be thankful for.
What are you thankful for this holiday season?