Here we are, the first weekend in October and I have to say, I am 100% ready for crisp mornings, cool afternoons, boots and scarves. I don’t know about you all, but I need something a little stronger than Pumpkin Spice to ring in the fall. I’m not talking whiskey (or am I?) I’m talking décor! Mr. Right and I bought our house almost exclusively for the wrap around porch, so I’ll be darned if I’m not going to decorate the hell out of it each season. As it happens, this cute little ensemble was the simplest and cheapest focal décor piece I’ve ever created. The most expensive thing is the hay, which I literally hauled from our hay barn to the front porch. If we run low on the goodies for the goats this winter, I suppose they can have the bales back. Until then, it’s a focal piece!
So this was so cheap it cost me almost $20. The local thrift store near my house is going out of business. I don’t know if you have ever been to a going out of business sale at a freakin’ thrift store, but its damned amazing. I bought a couple glass light covers for .25 cents a piece and spray painted those puppies black to act as pots for my fake leaves. They look pretty awesome out on my bales, but I think I’ll get a couple more do decorate my mantle, too! I took some time to free-hand letters on my glass ornaments, which started out clear, but I dropped a couple drops of white paint into them to make them stand out against my stacks of goat food, er, hay bales. The larger ornaments I stuffed with fake leaves that I wrestled away from a 6 year old after originally having purchased them at the dollar store. Because I’m crafty, (or just cheap) I snagged some bailing twine to string up my balls (somehow that’s not the first time I’ve said that!) and fixed them to the bales. If I can keep tiny little hands off my stuff, I’m sure they’re going to last the fall.
That cute eyelet fabric used to be someone’s bathroom curtain, I’m sure. Another thrift store find I blew a whopping .10 cents on. Mr. Right welded me that amazing horseshoe Punkin’ which is a staple in my fall decor. Around here you can trade a bottle of Pendleton to a farrier for some used horseshoes (which is exactly what we did) and create some amazing art. Keep an eye out in my winter décor for some more horseshoe happiness!
I can’t wait to begin spreading the fall all around the house! I have a ton of autumn leaves from the dollar store that I’m going to recruit the children to string as a garland. So between the dollar store, the thrift store and my resourceful bartering skills, I have managed to deck out my front porch to be the envy of the neighborhood for just under $20 (not including a bottle of Pendleton Whiskey)! There are tons of cute call creations that you use to decorate a large or small space. If you don’t’ have the room for a couple bales of hay, a simple large lantern can be filled with plastic pumpkins and leaves for a quick and super cute décor piece.
I hunted all over for this lantern and finally found one at the flea market for $4.00, bargain! I like to hunt all year long for things that I might use for decoration. I particularly hit the thrift stores in the summer on the hunt for fall and winter crap. It’s cheaper in the off season and there typically is a better selection if you plan ahead!
Overall, I am pretty pleased with myself and I can’t wait to convince Mr. Right that we need to start decking out the yard for Halloween!! Until then, I’ll sit and admire my porch while I sip my Pumpkin Spice Latte in my UGGs. Happy Fall Y’all.