We interrupt this cooking blog to bring you fall decorating tips. I can’t help myself. Fall is my favorite season. The nip in the air, the beautiful fall foliage (if you live outside of Texas) and the food. Oh the food. But I digress.
I have been having so much fun pinning all sorts of ideas to my Fall/Halloween board that I actually put some of the patio and porch ideas into fruition.
My patio is small but that is also the door I use for my front door so it makes me smile when I walk up to it and see how cute it is decorated.
I went to the local corn maize for the corn stalks. If you call in advance they put it together for you and sell for $5 each. Sweet. And it’s also fun to play around in the corn maize and eat roasted corn!
The wooden crate I bought at Michael’s with a 50% coupon so it was only $7.49. I added some wood stain to it to give it an aged look and added some burlap, Kale, and fake pumpkins. The pumpkins were another Michael’s find and they were 60% off. Score!
The lanterns I had from my parents anniversary party. The huge burlap bag came from a coffee warehouse. A coworker showed me a picture of these bags (smaller ones) used to cover the back of a chair. Cute! I contacted a coffee place and they didn’t have any but they gave me the name of a coffee warehouse to try. I called them and went out to pick some up. They ended up giving me them free. Nice! They were way too big for a chair but as a sack they worked great.
I found the large piece of wood table top at a
junk antique store a while back and have been meaning to put legs on it for a side table. I kind of like it like this just standing up too. The Fall banner was quickly made with jute, burlap, a glue gun and some paint. The small wooden crates were old stockings that I used for the kids a few years ago.
The other side of my patio needed some place where I could put a drink. Enter this wooden barrel I found at the same
junk antique store. It’s been sitting in a corner in my living room so I just moved it. The shutter was bought at the same place and was also meant to be a side table. Why I have a need for so many side tables I don’t know but I’m glad I had the pieces now.
The mums were bought at Home Depot and the grocery store. The burlap pumpkin is a styrofoam pumpkin I got at Dollar Tree and wrapped in a piece of burlap. I added a branch and some fake leaves and tada, adorable pumpkin.
The banner I made from leftover fabric pumpkin materials and some twine.
Inside I went crazy with diy fabric pumpkins. These are so simple to make. Just take fabric and cut into a circle. Sew around the edges and pull the thread to tighten it up. Add beans (pinto dry beans) to the bottom to stabilize it and then fill with poly fill. Pull on the fabric to make it tight and into a pumpkin then knot off the end. I also sewed the ends closed. Add a piece of branch and some fabric leaves using a hot glue gun. Voila.
I also made a mason jar lid pumpkin. You can buy the lids separately at Walmart. I added some washi tape then lined them all up facing the same way. Added some string on the inside and tied it all together to make the shape. I then added some cinnamon sticks for the branch and cuteness abounds.
I also decorated the table and chairs with simple ideas.
Lastly, I decorated some old books by painting them then writing on the spine. The skull came from Michael’s for like $1.49 so I couldn’t resist. You can also use craft paper to wrap the book and paint the paper if you don’t want to paint the books.
I hope this gives you some ideas to decorate your place.