Call it needing another hobby or nesting, but I couldn’t resist adding some fall flair to our apartment. I refused to spend more than about $30 for some decor; that ruled out buying more than three things from Home Goods! But with a little scavenging, copy paper and old frames, a few stops at the grocery store, old magazines, wire, clay and paint, I accomplished adding some fall flair to the love nest. I know you’re thinking, what the heck, are you holiday MacGyver? Yes. Yes I am.
Now I’m not getting ahead of myself–it’s not that great. But, when you want to get in the spirit, it’s fun to add whatever you can.
Dollar-store pumpkins kicked up the sparkle factor. I bought the red candle last year on clearance from Pier One–it smells heavenly of crisp apples. The copper bowl was giver to me from my Granna, similar here, and I filled the surrounding area with dollar-store snakes. In the background, I used a blank banner from Target here and wrote the “b,” “o” and “o” in chalk on them.
The antlers were laying around anyway, so they got cob-webbed. Frames that used to hold an engagement picture of pictures of friends now have bats and skulls in them. Found some adorable print-outs; a few awesome links to print your own are here and here. The cheese mouse was from my mother-in-law, but it added a creep factor. And, do you love the raven? I do in all his “Birds” creepy glory. Found him for, like, $5 on Amazon here.
And here’s one of my spider buddies! Literally made him with clay and wire. I’ll post how tomorrow.
My only Home Goods pre-made purchase! I know I could have made a sign, but it would have included going to Home Depot, buying the wood (or going to Michael’s and buying thick foamcore), painting, gluing and sprinkling with glitter. And you know that ish gets everywhere! So, the $14.99 was the big purchase. I had the skull vase and copper bowl, so they were filled with fall favorites!
Remember the salvaged ladder, here?
I love real fall leaves. When the first tree that turned next to our building I immediately picked up the pretty leaves and pressed them between the pages of magazines. They stay flat and keep some of the color.
The moments are simple, but they make me enjoy the weather and spirit outside. We’ll leave a basket of candy outside on the 31st for kids, young and old.