I love decorating my house, for every season, every holiday and every event. But decorating all the time can get expensive, so I’ve had to come up with clever and unique ways to re-use and recycle items around my house to use each season. Here are my top 10 ways that I save money on decorating by using recycled items found around my house.
First, I live in the country and there is an abandoned house on my street that the current owners told us we could have anything we wanted to have from it. So of course when I saw the old wooden apple baskets and wooden crates I immediately went for those. They are great for decorating! Especially in the fall! I stack the apple baskets up, three in a corner and leave them empty. Then I set the wooden crate up in the corner to finish the look. It looks like you’ve just got done with the apple harvest. Perfect for fall!
You could even collect leaves from around your yard and place them around the baskets as well to give color.
I use as much natural items as I can find. I feel that this gives my house a more welcoming and comfortable feeling.
In my bathroom, I love to pick cat tails in the fall and place them in an old bathroom waste basket in the corner of the bathroom. You can even use medium sized rocks to hold the cat tails up if you don’t want them leaning over. Your wrap a towel around the cat tails and place it in the wastebasket.
My daughter loves to make leaf coasters every fall. We go outside and find as many different shaped and different colored leaves as we can. All different sizes. Then we go inside and arrange them on clear contact paper so that they are the size of a cup coaster. Sometimes they over lap and that just adds to the look. Then we place another piece of clear contact paper over the top of them. Seal them together and cut around the edges to make the coasters. The fall colors look great with our fall décor in our house.
For a beautiful centerpiece on your table or coffee table, just take a clear glass mixing bowl and fill it with all different kinds of gourds and small pumpkins. It adds color and conversational piece as people will ask you what kinds of gourds you have in the bowl.
Another easy simple way to add warmth and a sense of autumn to your living room is to bring out an old blanket and drape it over the back of a chair or the couch. A blanket in colors such as rust, brown, and orange will give a sense of fall and be practical for those nights when the temperatures start to drop.
Take an old terra cotta planter that is no longer usable for live plants and flowers and turn it into an indoor artificial planter. Simply wash the pot out and paint scenes of fall on the outside, such as leaves, pumpkins, corn, turkeys, etc. Then place artificial fall flowers in the pot such as mums.
In your kitchen, consider hanging some of your old pots and pans in a collection on a bare wall or above a door way and hanging bunches of dried flowers in between the pots to give some color.
For napkins and placemats at the table, take an old table cloth and cut it up into pieces big enough to be your placemat or napkin, sew a quarter inch seam around the edges and place on your table. If you don’t have an old fall themed or fall colored table cloth to cut up, you can also use an old bed sheet and do the same thing with it. Roll the napkins up, tie them with raffia and place a leaf in it and you’ll have a beautiful home made, warm, autumn place setting.
I hope these ideas gave you some inspiration to decorate your house for the fall using items that you can find around your own home and not spend a dime.