10.27.2010

Pretty, Frugal Autumn Decor~

With Halloween looming just around the corner, you may think that it is too late to decorate for Autumn. Not so, says I! Here are a few ideas that take just minutes and will make your house look Autumn-y festive! Oh yeah, and they're very easy on the pocket book.

One of my favorite Autumn planter box ideas....sugar pumpkins nestled into mounds of dried hydrangea. The color and texture are simply gorgeous.



Another idea is to fill planter boxes with small gourds and jack-be-littles surrounded by fall foliage. (Just a hint: fake leaves purchased from the dollar store look realistic from a distance and maintain their color regardless of the weather.)




For a simple centerpiece, try using a few a branches of bittersweet in a clear pitcher. Beautiful.









And finally, one of my favorite Halloween projects...folded book pumpkins. They're so easy to make and are a real conversation piece.





1. Simply take an old paperback novel and remove the cover. Be careful when you pull the cover off of the spine that you don't pull the binding away with it...otherwise the book will fall apart.

2. Fold each page in half tucking the end into the center of the book. As you fold the pages the book will begin to fan out on its own.

3. Once you have created a cylinder, you can either tape the last couple of pages together or glue them to maintain the shape.

4. These look fabulous all by themselves as sculptural pieces in a bookshelf, but if you'd like to turn them into jack-o-lanterns, simply cut face shapes from black construction paper and use stick glue to adhere them to the book.


Hope these little ideas have inspired you with easy ways to fall-ify your house!
Have a great day!

11 comments:

Thelittlebrownhouse.us said...

Don't you love bringing things from nature inside to use as decor!! Cheap and always the right color/season!
Love what you did, especially the book pumpkin!

paige said...

love the pumpkins mixed with dried hydrangeas!
& that little spooky book is so cute

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

That folded book pumpkin is too adorable...and easy!!! :)
Janell

SocksAndMittens said...

Love your ideas, especially pumpkins & hydrangeas

Erin said...

I love the folded book pumpkin!!!!

Melanie said...

Love these ideas! I especially like the hydrangeas and pumpkins.

~Melanie
www.theoldwhitecottageblog.com

C H R I S T I said...

Fantastic ideas!

freckled laundry said...

That folded book pumpkin is adorable. Thanks for the tute. Always a fan of hydrangeas. Hope all is well!

Hugs,
Jami

Kim said...

I did one of these books when you first posted it on your blog. I totally forgot I could do the jack-o-lantern. I'm going to do that!

pdjacqui said...

The folded pumpkin book is a really neat idea! You really are a creative genius.

Kait said...

CUTE CUTE and CUTTER!!

Can't wait to try these. Fall is my favorite time of year.