It is officially my favorite time of year! Football has started, PSLs are back and pumpkins are everywhere! I have already started decorating for my favorite season (see IG stories today) but I am so excited to add to it and grab a few of these pieces and PUMPKINS! I went through a couple of my favorite retailers for home decor and linked some really affordable options if you are on a tight budget like I am! I also hit up Hobby Lobby which I can not link to, so check stories for the goodies I grabbed so that you can check your store for the same things if interested. Here are my favorite and affordable fall decor options:
Special thanks to POPSUGAR for sending me this Must Have Box! #MustHaveBox
I can’t believe Thanksgiving week is already here and November is almost over! This month is FLYING by for us. With our sweet new baby boy and our big move, we have been so busy and it is making the days go by too quickly. This week is no exception. With all the unpacking we have to do, family photos and family coming to town, we have so much going on that I’m hoping my head doesn’t spin off. This weekend, I received my November POPSUGAR Must Have Box and it was a much needed little happy mail that I definitely needed in the midst of our crazy. This one was probably my favorite out of all of the boxes I’ve received in the past. I LOVE every item.
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Growing up, my mother always went all out decorating for every holiday, birthday and season. She loves to decorate and is so creative. I like to think I got a tiny bit of her talent, although I think my sister inherited most of it. When I think back on my childhood, I immediately think about the holidays. They have always been so special. I come from a big family. All of my aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents get together for holidays/birthdays and other times throughout the year. We are so blessed to all have close relationships. This time of year makes me so nostalgic and all I can think is, I want my kids to have that.
I am determined to carry on the tradition of baking holiday treats, making crafts and decorating the house for the seasons. I want my children to have just as special childhood as I had. I want them to remember how much fun we have during the holidays and I want us to create traditions together. One tradition I grew up with was decorating the mantel. While my mother does the majority of the decorating, I always enjoyed “helping” – even if that meant handing her the scissors or holding the ladder. I love seeing several pieces come together to make a beautiful focal point. The end presentation is always so perfect, not because we have top of the line decorations, but because we created it together.
This past week, I decided it was time for my big fall mantel makeover. I went to Walmart and purchased a small pumpkin and American Home by Yankee Candle® brand in “Shades of Fall,” “Fresh Apple” and “Pumpkin.” I loved the traditional fall colors of these candles, but most of all I loved their fragrances. They are heavenly. I have been burning them round the clock in our home.
I also grabbed a few other decorations from around the house that I thought would be a good fit for my fall mantel. I grabbed an old window that I bought at a flea market a few years ago for $10, a DIY fall wreath that I made two years ago (and is still holding up great), a leafy candle ring, vase, a fall sign, a leaf banner that I scored on the dollar rack at a local department store and my new candles and pumpkin!
I always like to play around with the heights. My mom taught me that having differing heights throughout your decor really helps the aesthetic and layout. Here is how I created my mantel:
1. I put my window in the center of the mantel and attached the leaf banner to the top of it.
2. I placed my wreath off to one side of my window because I liked the way it looked more than when it was centered. It was almost too perfect that way. You can play around with it and see what suits you.
3. I placed two shorter objects off of the window – my pumpkin on one side and my American Home by Yankee Candle® brand with the leafy candle ring around it.
4. On the ends, I put taller items to keep with the differing heights. I put a vase I had laying around on one side with flowers and my fall sign on the other. If you don’t have a fall sign, think about printing a Fall print out and putting it in an 8×10 frame.
It was very simple but I love the way it looks in our home and my son is obsessed with the little pumpkin. I’m thinking the holidays are going to be really fun with him this year! I am so happy that my home is now holiday-ready for all of our entertaining and family.
I shared how I made over my mantel with American Home by Yankee Candle® brand from Walmart. Now tell me how you prepare your home for Fall!
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Last week’s cooler weather really got me in the spirit of fall. Over the weekend, I started decorating for my favorite season and even got a little crafty. I went to Hobby Lobby and grabbed a few supplies and decided to make a new wreath. I know it is technically a little early, but our home is almost ready to welcome the new season! Here is a really simple tutorial on how to make your own burlap wreath:
What You Need:
1 – 18″ wire wreath
60 feet of 5″ wide burlap ribbon or garland (20 yards)
1 – 18 foot spool of 1.5″ wide orange gingham wired accent ribbon (9 yards)
1 – 18 foot spool of 1.5″ wide orange Moroccan wired accent ribbon (9 yards) (or the ribbon of your choice)
– A 6″ Tin Letter
-A pumpkin floral accent
-Hot Glue Gun and glue
Let’s Get Started:
1. Tie the burlap into a knot on the back side of the wire wreath (I did it on one of the middle wires). Repeat with other ribbons.
2. Turn the wreath back around and begin weaving the ribbon through the wired wreath, alternating sides and ribbons. I created about a 4 inch loop (height) but you can make it smaller or larger depending on your preference.
3. Make sure to push the loops tightly together so you don’t have any unwanted gaps.
4. When your spools run out, go ahead and start a new one by tying the end of the ribbon in a knot on the backside of the wired wreath.
5. When you get to the end, tie the ends of your spools to the back of the wired wreath and fluff/arrange the loops to your liking.
6. Tie your letter to the top of the wreath using either twine or leftover ribbon. I chose to use my ribbon.
7. Place your floral pumpkin (or flowers) on your wreath and poke the stem through the wire. Twist it around the wire and then hot glue the back of the pumpkin to the wreath to hold it in place.
8. Hang your wreath and enjoy your newest DIY!