Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Autumn decor

Saying that you are decorating for autumn (instead of Halloween) allows you to really string out your decor for a lot longer than you would otherwise be able to do ;)  Here are some beautiful decor ideas to get you started thinking about how you can incorporate some autumn into your own home.

This is a really simple idea that can also be done on a budget.  These goblets can be purchased from Christmas Tree Store, Walmart, or even Dollar Tree (if they have them).  Acorns can be found in your yard or the park :)

 This is the same idea, but a little dressier.  The acorns are sprayed gold, but can be done in any color that you feel would match your fall decor or the decor that adorns your home all year round.  The candles also make a nice addition to what is going on in this tablescape!

This could be a project that you can pawn off on your kids and re-touch after they go to bed.  The pedistols can be purchased cheaply at Savers or Salvation Army and then sprayed to unify the decor a bit.  Love this idea.

Another fun pumpkin idea.  I think you can figure this one out yourself :)

 This pumpkin flower pot would be fabulous on a porch or a deck in the back.  It would look so pretty with bright color mums.  I can just picture a pop of color from pink or purple mums and the sharp contrast of the dark green stems and the orange pumpkin.  You could do this with a real pumpkin (although that would entail a bit more work) or a faux pumpkin, which you could use year after year with little repeated work.

These lanterns are EVERYWHERE right now!  They are fairly cheap at Christmas Tree Shop, but you can also get them at TJ Maxx and they seem to have more of a variety.  This would look great on a front stoop or in an entryway mudroom. 

Halloween hauntings

Halloween is such a fun holiday and I adore decorating for it (and maybe going a little bit over the top)...  Here are some amazing Halloween decor ideas.  Some are simple while others require a bit more  effort.  All worth it, though!

You can do this with cupcake liners and plain white paper that you print out from the computer.  You can simply punch holes in the cupcake liners and string a ribbon through them to hang the banner onto your mantle.  So fun!

These homemade candles are super easy and really fun.  Simply use a sharp knife to carve out a place for the votive candle and there you have it!  Simple, cheap, Halloween centerpieces!  You could even paint these for a more unified feel that better fits your home!

My mom used to do this when I was little (and even when I wasn't little) but on a much larger scale.  She made these life size goblins and ghosts and taped them in the window on Halloween night with backlighting, making it look like there were ghosts in every window.  Everyone loved it.  This is a similar project, just on a smaller scale.  You can find tons of images on google and trace them onto black construction paper.  Then, all you have to do is tape them into the window!

One of the things I really love to do when I decorate is to stock up on holiday decor items after the holiday has passed.  Things are SO much cheaper once the holiday is over, and as long as you can muster up the patience to wait until next year, you will save a boatload!  These feather wreath is something you could purchase after the holiday and the eyeballs are a DIY project that you could easily do with Styrofoam balls.

This decor is particularly pretty and the chalkboard sign makes for an interchangeable piece of spookiness that you can decorate daily, weekly, or your kids can decorate themselves whenever they want to do some drawing.