Friday, October 3, 2014

Thrifty Fall Decor

Fall… what a beautiful season… from the  colorfulness of the leaves to the chirping of crickets everywhere, all the senses are bound to be touched.

Today I brought fall into our home, using as much from nature itself as I could.

I felt like a pioneer as I gathered acorns, sticks and leaves.

I used popcorn kernels, burlap and even toilet paper!


I got this idea for pumpkins off of pinterest.




For each “pumpkin” you need one roll of toilet paper (the softer, the better), four strips of burlap, cut 2”x Around 54”

Two of the strips I frayed the edges, saving those for last.

I  wrapped the burlap around the toilet paper. As I started a new strip, I just tucked the end of the other one underneath the new one.






After all the strips were wrapped around the roll, I stuck a stick in it for the stem.


I painted the number 5 on an old end table top I had around here, stuck some branches in a jar and made a “thankful” banner. I also used some acorns and popcorn kernels and put them in a jar with a candle…




For the banner, I used a free printable from this site:




I used burlap as the backing for the triangles…




This morning, as I went through town, I thought about stopping here or there for something to decorate the mantle with, but each time I thought, no, I’ll use something I already have, or make something, and now I’m so glad I did! It’s such a good feeling knowing that I spent hardly anything on this display. It sure is nothing uppity or fancy but it fits in with the rest of our home!








Happy fall, everyone and God bless!



  1. You are amazing Mary!! I always LOVE to see what you come up with! God bless you too!!

    1. Oh thanks, Carmen! I know how talented you are and always enjoy the pictures you post of your lovely family. :) Would love to see your home again.. just remember how inspired I was when I was there some years back!

  2. Your fall decor is so pretty. I love the simplicity of all your decor. I just recently found your blog and I must say, it's one of my favs:)


    1. Thanks for the kind words, Cindy.. Fall is such a fun time to decorate!

  3. Fall colors are my fav....The colors are calming yet speak loud... Also like you new personal photo....

    1. Thanks for the compliment! I don't enjoy having my pic taken but I like to update it every now & then. :) Yes, fall is amazing! Wish it would last longer..

  4. I love that you used what you have!!!!