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I’m finally starting to get the hang of this ‘being an adult’ thing: stable job, roof over my head, feeding myself (mostly) healthy food on a regular basis, scheduling (and keeping!) appointments. I was patting myself on the back the other day when B stated, ‘yeah, but our house still looks like we live in college.’
Aaaaand… he’s right. Why do I still have posters hanging up on the walls? I’m almost 28-years-old. If I’m going to have posters, I should at least pretend to be an adult, and frame them.
Just kidding. I don’t think adults frame posters, right? They buy art.
Not that there is anything wrong with posters, but I decided he was right. I’m one of the most uncreative people on the planet, which is truly tragic because guess what? My family is full of creative people. I have an uncle who is an interior designer for companies, a cousin who stages shops in malls, and the majority of my other family members have incredible fashion style I try (and fail) to copy.
But guess what? I have Pinterest! And Pinterest is a wealth of ideas and step-by-step instructions that even I, one of the most uncreative people on the planet, can follow!
Without further ado… some fall decorating ideas that are both easy and affordable!
Affordable Fall Decorating Ideas, Courtesy of Pinterest
1. This wreath from Confessions of a Serial DIYer is so perfect – why buy a wreath when you can make one, pretty easily, yourself? I wouldn’t even necessarily include all the items Christy did, although you can if you want. A Michael’s wreath, a few stems, and some holiday items (like Christy, I would choose some flowers and a little pumpkin) is all you need. Best of all, it seems like you tuck the items in around the wreath which means… yes… you can use the wreath again at Christmastime! Or whatever festive holiday you celebrate 🙂 I love getting two uses out of one item!
2. You can’t do any cheaper than this fall candle by Laurie at the Passionate Penny Pincher – her post is even titled $6 Decorating at the Dollar Tree. Two glass candle jars, two candles, and unpopped popcorn plus some raffia (the decorative bow around the candle), and we’ve got an easy, pretty candle centerpiece or mood lighting!
3. Kim from The TomKat Studio really goes all out on the post, but my take-away was this gorgeous display. With some festive garland, a few fall decorations (like leaves or pumpkins), and serving dishes of various heights and sizes, this is an absolutely attainable display if you’re hosting Thanksgiving. Kim’s website also includes free downloadable printables, so you can make your own Give Thanks banner using satin ribbon and mini-clothespins. Ribbon, a hole puncher, and clothespins? Even I can do that!
4. Okay, I know this placemat isn’t Pinterest inspired, but I’m going to be honest: all the Pinterest placemat ideas I did find were way too complicated for me. But I love placemats, and this red one from Kohl’s is pretty cute and affordable. If I were hosting Thanksgiving this year, I would probably end up getting it… but now I can just wait for placemats to go on clearance after the holiday 😉
Speaking of Clearance…
One of my favorite places to shop is Cost Plus World Market – if you don’t have one in your city, you can shop online at worldmarket.com. I try to buy my holiday/year round decorating supplies right after the holiday – for example, I just bought a bunch of Halloween decorations on clearance. Sure, I didn’t have those decorations for this year, but next year, this home is going to be decked out!
However, there are still reasonably priced (and sale items!) decorations online at World Market. Candles, string lights, little pumpkins, and more! It’s a good idea to check, even if the holiday hasn’t yet happened, because you never know what little item you may find that’s a perfect addition to your holiday collection.
Are you into decorating your place for the holiday, and where do you find good decorations? Are you more crafty and into creating your own decorations? Or do you just leave the decorating to someone else… like family and friends? No shame if you do! I did until this year 😉