Fall Decor for Free
September 27, 2010 § Leave a comment
Many people love decorating according to season. Our families didn’t really do that when we were growing up, so it’s not a big part of our lives. I like to include little seasonal touches: wild flowers, maybe a postcard or fruit. The fruit is mostly out to be eaten up, though, not primarily as decoration. Nom! 🙂
In this sense, pumpkins count as fruit for us. During the weekend, we bought a pumpkin. It’s now prettifying (can I say that?) the living room, waiting for Mr. E to cut it up. I also took the opportunity to switch my wreath into something more fallish.
Most of the summer, our living room looked like the picture below. The wreath form was embellished with a white bow made out of wide ribbon…
…and on the coffee table there was a woven placemat with a small bowl of interesting rocks. My rock “collection” grew out of this vaguely heart-shaped rock that I found on our back yard during our first summer here.
Perfect for someone who loves their first house, wouldn’t you say?
In general, I like “undoable” decor. By that I mean not only that you can rearrange the elements in your room. I also prefer to create non-permanent home crafts, if possible. I like to switch things around and to try different looks, but I don’t want to invest in something I may not like or may tire of in a month or two. When I found a beautiful, inexpensive wreath form in a hobby store, I knew I could use and reuse it to my heart’s content.
The summer wreath was a simple modification of the Christmas wreath I made for our yay-we’re-out-of-NYC rental, below:
For the fall wreath, I took a handful of ribbons (from a $2 remains bag, plus some lengths of ribbon scavenged from gifts). I wrapped a long piece all around the form and pinned it in place at the back. Then I added varying lengths and colors to the center of the wreath. They are also pinned in place.
I love the simplicity and color of the wreath form, so I don’t want to cover it up completely. So far I’ve been happy changing its looks with my trusty stash of ribbons. I’m sure I’ll get even more mileage out of both – cheap, cheap, cheap!
Do you have any reusing tricks to share, for fall or otherwise?