The best time of year is finally upon us...FALL! I don’t know about you, but I love everything about this time of year. Well, almost everything. I could do without the bees constantly attacking! Despite the bees, fall brings the cooler air, hooded sweatshirts, apple cider and anything and everything pumpkin! The other fun thing about fall is the decorating! You don’t have to hire an interior decorator or spend a lot of money to transition your house from summer to fall!
Filled Mason Jars
Mason jars are all the rage. Whether you are using them to can fruits and vegetables, drinking out of them or decorating with them, they are a super easy and inexpensive way to decorate for the fall season.
Here are a few ideas:
- Paint the insides of the mason jars with pretty fall colors. Once they are dry, use them as a vase for real or fake flowers. These would be pretty in the center of your dining room table. Add a burlap runner and you have a beautiful, fall inspired decoration!
- Mod Podge leaves that have changed for the season onto the outside of a mason jar and put a small candle inside (I prefer the battery operated tea light candles).
- Fill your mason jars with layers of split peas, kidney beans and popcorn kernels. Leave room at the top to put a tea light candle. Arrange these in groups of three for a wonderful, fall centerpiece!
Pumpkins are a great thing to use when decorating for fall. In fact, little mini pumpkins would look great with any of the mason jar decorations above! One extremely easy thing to make with pumpkins is pumpkin topiaries!
To make your pumpkin topiaries, you need the following items:
To make the pumpkin topiaries, simply fill each metal bucket with the drainage rocks. This will provide a sturdy base for your pumpkin topiaries. Next place your large pumpkins on top of the drainage rocks. Place the medium pumpkins on next. Finish with the small pumpkins. These pumpkin topiaries would look nice on your front porch, on either side of the front door!
If making a pumpkin topiary doesn’t really sound like your thing, that’s OK! You can fill a large vase with a bunch of mini pumpkins; place clusters of small pumpkins in the corner of your counters; or set small pumpkins on your fireplace mantle or hearth.
Decorate the Porch
Pick up some bales of hay, corn stalks and some pumpkins and/or gourds to get your front porch ready for fall!
Arrange the bales of hay so you can prop the pumpkins or gourds on top of them. Depending on what your front porch looks like (and how big it is), this looks really nice in the corner of the porch, or in my case, next to the steps in the front landscaping. For this type of display, I like to get the really unique looking pumpkins and giant gourds. If your front porch has pillars, tie a few corn stalks to them, put a wreath on your front door and you have a gorgeous front porch screaming fall!
For inspiration, browse various home inspired magazines while you are waiting in the checkout line or take a look at Pinterest! As you can see, fall decorations do not need to cost a lot of money and you don’t have to be a creative genius to pull something beautiful off!