Step One: Go out and gather.
You’ll need acorns, pine cones, colorful leaves, branches, apples, gourds, Indian corn, pumpkins, cinnamon sticks … Most of these can be found by going for a hike this weekend. Choose a great park and spend the day enjoying the beautiful autumn temperatures and collecting whatever you find interesting. Buy a bag of apples from the store or, better yet, visit an apple farm and pick your own. Same with the gourds, cinnamon sticks, and pumpkins – but if you want your pumpkins to last indefinitely, go to your local dollar store and pick up some foam ones. Indian corn is very inexpensive and can be found in a wide variety of stores and markets this time of year.
If you are in the mood to paint something, the trendy fall colors are perfect for adding some flair to that rickety end table or those kitchen chairs. While you are in the paint section, grab a can or two of metallic spray paint. Head over to the craft store and pick up some material and yarn in the latest colors. Also, keep an eye out for containers. I like unusual items, such as galvanized buckets, antique teapots, and funky oversized coffee mugs.
Step Two: Plan.
Find the empty spots in your apartment. Do you need something on your coffee table? Something to liven up your bookshelf? Perhaps something on the fireplace mantle? Once you decide where, decide what. I like to spray paint small pumpkins in metallic gold and silver and arrange them in a glass container, set them in a grouping, or have one dramatic pumpkin on the fireplace mantle. If you don’t want to paint the pumpkin, you can cover it in shimmery fabric and tie it with ribbon. Need some inspiration? Spend some time perusing decorating websites and magazines. Not particularly crafty? That’s okay – even if you put the branches in a galvanized container or put some apples and leaves in a glass container and call it a day, you’ll have a beautiful fall centerpiece for your table – and everyone will think you are brilliant.
Step Three: Have fun!
Fall is great because there is so much you can do. My favorite thing to do in the fall is crochet blankets, table runners, tote bags, and even wreaths. No, I’m not talking about your grandmother’s favorite hobby – crocheting today can be both modern and funky. And did I mention cheap? Especially if you hit sales and use coupons, you can get great deals on yarn and make a wonderful warm fall blanket in the latest colors for a fraction of what you’d spend on a throw in the store. And, you get made-it-myself bragging rights.
No matter what you choose to do, have fun with it! So you want to spray paint your branches dusty pink (a hot fall color) and glue on teal-painted acorns? Why not? Plant some mums in an unusual coffee mug or teapot? It’ll look great! String pine cones over your fireplace, place them in a shallow dish with cinnamon sticks, or make a wreath out of them? It’s up to you!
Step Four: Be amazed at your brilliant fall decorating – and share it!
Your apartment is decorated for fall, you had fun gathering and creating, and you saved money. Now, show off your creations! Post your pictures on Facebook so we can see what you’ve done!