The time has come (hopefully anyway), to break out our cozy sweaters and booties! The cooler temperatures are here to stay. Pumpkin spice everything is in full force, and the first leaves are starting to turn. It seems as though Fall has almost a cult following thanks to the abundance of festivities and the holidays to ready for. And it’s for good reason! Who doesn’t love a good ‘ol fashioned tailgate, a bowl of chili and the crunch of leaves under your feet? Nobody, that’s who!
So it’s out with the summer air plants and IN with the Autumnal foliage, acorns and herbs, oh my! It’s easy to be sucked in to all of the beautiful new decor items at our local Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel or everyone’s favorite Target. But because of the abundance of lovely items we can find in nature, this season lends itself to a perfectly spruced home without having to break the bank for the newest trends.
We here at the Makery KC have compiled some easy, quick and best of all cheap or FREE ways to decorate for the season! Using items found in the backyard, you will be able to assemble interesting and modern Fall decor in no time.
Raid the herb garden. Every Spring, I hurriedly plant a beautiful and bountiful herb garden as soon as the days start to get longer. I love incorporating them in to dishes all season long. But by the end of summer, I’ve likely killed most of the herbs from pure neglect in the hot sun. The two herbs, however, that always seem to power through my lack of watering, are sage and rosemary. Luckily, these two herbs are used abundantly in the Fall for things like roasted chicken, stuffing and maybe even a craft cocktail if you dare. They are also perfect for bringing in to signal the season in your decor.
Use them to help set a beautiful table setting! Simply fold white napkins, wrap a piece of twine (I’ve used yellow and gray yarn in the pictures) and tuck in a sprig of Rosemary. It is festive, can transcend to Fall and Christmas, and smells delightful.
Sage is a little more delicate, and tends to need water or it will wilt quickly after being picked. Placing cuttings in to bud vases I already owned took all of 2 minutes to accomplish, and that’s only because I had to wash the dust off of the vases first! A bud vase next to each setting and a pretty rosemary napkin is all you would need to have your dinner party guests compare you to Joanna Gaines!
Another super simple yet unique way to incorporate rosemary would be to wrap it around a vase. Find any old vase you have in the back of the cabinets, and cut several springs. For this larger vase, I probably cut about 15. I then tied the same yarn from the napkins around the vase and began sticking similar sized cuttings between the two. I found it’s easier to tie the yarn or ribbon first, otherwise you will need an extra 3 hands to hold the rosemary in place! Placed amongst my bud vases and gourds, the vase looks (and SMELLS!) great over this dollar bin, chalkboard paper runner I found at Target. A simple “Give Thanks” and “happy Fall” written in chalk finished it off.
Take a stroll around the backyard or a park. My two boys LOVE to go on nature hikes, so what a great way to get free labor when it comes to decorating for Fall! After only thirty minutes, we had buckets full of acorns, pinecones, grasses and leaf clippings. Bonus, I didn’t even have to bend over to pick up anything. We did, however, also come back with several crickets, some tiny frogs and countless caterpillars. You win some, you lose some.
For this part of the decorating, I enlisted my four-year-old to help. While he sorted through our findings, I took a handful of pinecones and acorns outside and grabbed my trusty spray paint. For the pinecones, I focused the paint on the tip of the husks and sprayed little bursts of white and gold. You by no means HAVE to do this step, but I love the sheen it gave to the once ordinary finds. For the acorns, I sprayed them all gold to really make them pop.
Once dry (about 10 minutes), I took them back inside to let the decorating begin. The acorns were stuffed in to a tall cylinder type vase. I first layered preserved moss at the bottom (about 1/4 of the way up) to give some interest and coordinate with the herbs, and then topped with the gold acorns. Lastly, I stuck in a battery powered votive and BAM, done! Placed next to the rosemary candle, the two are a nice compliment.
The pinecones were just as simple. I once again grabbed my trusty yarn, which I found on sale at Wal-Mart for under $2, and enlisted my son for help. He picked out his favorite pinecones, and for each one picked out a color of yarn. We then tightly wrapped each cone with yarn. Starting at the bottom, you simply wind between the husks, wrapping until the yarn is almost a thick as the pinecone itself. You can either put a dab of glue once you reach the end of the wrapping, or do like I did and simply tuck it under. I went the lazy route because I didn’t want to get up to find the glue! He only wanted the white and yellow yarn, but this would be adorable with really any color. Teal, gold and even pink would be cute. They would also make for perfect place cards. Simply tuck a little piece of paper in to one of the husks at the dinner plate.
Make a grand statement. All of these pieces are perfectly adorable by themselves placed around your home, but I find it is much more impactful to group them and focus in a few key areas instead. For instance, I used a tiered tray, that I already had, and combined the sprayed and wrapped pinecones and acorns together for a grand but simple centerpiece. Accented with the yellow and white striped gourds (that happen to match the yarn on the napkins and rosemary votive), and all on a base of preserved moss, this look can translate to farmhouse chic or modern. The sage foliage and native grass in a simple glass pitcher are the perfect natural elements to round it all out.
There you have it. I hope you are able to incorporate some of these tips in to your own seasonal decor. So grab that mug of hot chocolate, wrap a blanket around you and settle in for the beautiful season ahead.