Fall Home Decorations: How to Get Autumn on the Cheap
NEW YORK ( MainStreet) The time of year has come where magazine covers and TV commercials are all plastered with those pristinely decorated, fall-inspired homes. The pumpkins, candles, wreaths and table decorations are always so creative and beautiful that many assume they cannot replicate the look without spending a ton of money at Crate & Barrel.
However, there are ways to easily create your own fall-inspired decorations that look professional while staying within budget. Making your own decorations may sound too difficult or time-consuming to some, but here is a roundup of some ideas that prove otherwise.
1. Head on over to Spoonful.com, where you will find not only decoration and craft ideas, but family meals, recipes and party suggestions. One of the most popular DIY decoration ideas consists of carving out pumpkins (or even gourds) to use as vases. This step-by-step tutorial shows you how to make a beautiful centerpiece for your Thanksgiving dinner table in a short amount of time with only five items!
2. An outdoor decoration idea like this one is also a hit, because it's simple enough for children to do. This rustic, creative family name sign only calls for four to six items depending on preference, and three of them can be found outside! Turn this into an all-day activity by going out and collecting your own acorns, twigs, and leaves, and then come back and give it your own family flavor.
3. For something a bit more challenging, you may want to experiment with wax-dipped leaves. This three-step "how-to" shows a simple way to preserve leaves by dipping them in paraffin wax. This technique is especially helpful when using leaves as indoor tabletop decorations. The leaves become hard and the wax prevents them from withering and crisping up in too short a time.
4. If you feel like your door is naked without a wreath in the fall, check out this roundup of 25 DIY wreaths gathered at Babble.com. From a wreath with a big, charming bow, to a wreath made primarily from coffee filters, you are bound to find at least one to suit both your taste and ability.
5. If you've recently gone pumpkin picking and you are looking for some non-carving decoration ideas, Babble also displayed these: color "dipped" mini pumpkins from Sweet C's Designs, and lace-inspired pumpkins from Domestic Fashionista. Also, these monogrammed pumpkins from Better Homes & Gardens can also make for an impressive porch display. All of these ideas make the average pumpkin look sweet and festive, and there are a ton of different options and ways to get creative.
6. Corn husks and burlap are known to be "staples" when it comes to fall decorating, because they can easily accent typical, everyday items, turning them into professional-looking designs. Jenna Pizzigatti-Coppola, founder and owner of Pizzigatti Designs eco-chic interiors, suggests wrapping pre-dried corn husks around votive candles, trimming them down to be just about even with the candles, and securing them with string or twine. This idea is just a three-step process and is sure to wow even the most critical of guests. Pizzigatti-Coppola also suggests creating a "color blast in a vase" which entails re-purposing a flower vase and filling it from bottom to top with either real or fake flowers (or, you can even use the wax-dipped leaves as seen in number 3). A quick and easy idea that adds a brilliant pop of fall foliage to your home's décor!