Fall Decor on a Budget

Hello my friends… I’m getting crafty over here again…

Fall Decor

I’m not sure about where you all live, but around here it’s getting chilly and the leaves are a changin’! As much as I HATE the cold and the snow, I admit I’m getting a smidge excited for autumn and the holiday season. The funny thing is, this year it’s kind of difficult for me to decorate with my new colour palette! Before, when my house was all reds and yellows and browns, it was easy to incorporate fall and then Christmas colours. But those hues are no longer welcome here… lol:

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 Not a spot of red to be seen…

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So I’ve had to keep it simple and get a little bit creative with this one. I’ve never been someone to REALLY do up the house for any holiday, even Christmas, so it’s not like I have a ton of work ahead of me… but I have to be quite selective in decorating now so as not to clash with the nice soft tones I’ve brought into the house.

Yesterday I decided to get started with a small project using a HUGE vase that I got at the thrift store on the weekend for $4.99, and some mini pumpkins and gourds I grabbed when I was at the grocery store. Not fancy, but I love how it turned out!


I started by using my glue gun to secure twine around the neck of the vase. I just wrapped it around and around, from top to bottom, gluing as I went. Then I put the wheat sheaf in, and while I was holding it in a tight bunch I arranged the items around it. When I was done I let go of the wheat and let it fall a little bit… I think it looks super cute!


I love how I was able to make something FALL-ISH without going for the bright orange and red theme. Of course I had to add the twine because that’s just what I do, and I think it turned out pretty well.


I was going to use it as a centerpiece on the dining room table, but it’s pretty enormous…


So it found a home on the console, and I think it’s very happy there.

So, all in all this project cost me $14 and took about 20 minutes – most of that time was spent gluing the twine on. It’s funny, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with that vase when I bought it, but for $4.99 I knew I’d think of something. I figure that I can easily use it at Christmas as well – I can fill it with ornaments and cover the twine with a festive ribbon!

But for now I think it’s a nice, warm, fall piece without being over the top.
Anyone else working on some autumn decor yet? I feel like it’s too soon but it’s almost October already!

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