Decorating for Fall – On a Budget

Happy Tuesday everyone!!

Is it starting to feel like fall where you are yet? It’s officially Autumn and I’m super excited! SO ready to say goodbye to summer and welcome cool, clear weather, falling leaves and cozy nights. It also means it’s time to Decorate for Fall and I wanted to add small simple touches around the house. As much as I’m trying to lighten things up I went back to reds and browns with mixes of orange. They are the colors of autumn, I see them everywhere and I love bringing them inside. In the spirit of simplicity I wanted to use what I had on hand which wasn’t much, a pack of leaves, a small welcome sign, some candles, battery operated tea lights and two hurricane jars. I also had some recycled glass jars I wanted to do something with and found the perfect  solution on Pinterest. Other than that, nada.

fall decor collage

One of the good things about living in a small space is a little decorating goes a long way, simple touches are all it takes. To keep things on the cheap l hit up the dollar store and came home with two packs of leaves, three packs of mini decorations, a small scarecrow and a craft pumpkin. On a trip to Home Goods I picked up a fabric covered pumpkin.

I have a couple shelves in the living room I LOVE decorating for the holidays. I used my welcome sign from last year, got the scarecrow from the dollar store and found the pumpkin in one of my mom’s closets. The milk jar and twig are always out and so is the frame.

fall decor shelf

I made some autumn lanterns with the recycled glass jars, a couple fake leaves some twine and battery operated tealight candles. The small topiary sits in that spot the majority of the year.

autumn decor - luminary, topiary

I have a glass hanging thing (not sure what it’s called) by the front door that I filled with mini pumpkins and gourds.

autumn decor, pumpkins, gourds

The media center got a simple update. I wrapped two books with the same decorative paper I used in the entry , filled the hurricane jars with leftover lentils and tied two fake leaves around the candles with some twine, I picked up that adorable pumpkin at Home Goods.

autumn decor, DIY, hurricane jars and candle  autumn decor, fabric pumpkin

I can’t sew worth a stitch so I asked my beautiful and talented niece for some help. I gave her one and a half packs of the fake leaves and asked her to sew them together to create a garland.

autumn garland, DIY, dollar store leaves

I love the way the autumn luminary looks when the tea lights are on, it has such a beautiful glow.

lit autumn luminary, DIY

Have you started decorating for fall yet? What will you be using in your home, are you making, buying or a bit of both?

Swear Jar – Part of my Financial Fast Challenge

Hi-Lo everyone. The weekend is here and the first week of school is over! What was back to school week like at your house? This is my third post in three days, talk about post overload. This is a super quick, super simple project but one that I hope will have a positive impact on me. I have a REALLY bad habit that I need to work on… I know I have the capacity to overcome my bad habit and now is a really good time to do it. Sometimes I swear and the other day I heard my younger son repeat a word I’d rather not have him say. So I decided to implement a swear jar, at first I was going with a quarter a swear but then I decided on a dollar a swear thinking the ouch factor would really compel me to breath and find a different word to use. Since I still have a day left in my financial fast challenge the jar had to cost $0 and that wasn’t a problem.

swear jar, upcycle

I grabbed a washed out spaghetti jar from my stash, spray painted the lid, added some stickers for decoration and put it on the windowsill so it could be fed easily when i slip up.

The swear jar has been in effect for a few days now and it’s been fed but i already see an improvement and find myself swearing less. I’m going to leave the jar out until the end of the year and see how much money it collects. I’m not exactly sure what to do with it but I was thinking about buying something for myself… I Know, I know, that seems counterproductive but I feel like if the jar is successful there shouldn’t be a lot of money in there anyway and it’ll be a small reward for my effort.

swear jar, repurpose

Look What I Did Display – Part of my Financial Fast

Hi-Lo! This is my third financial fast challenge post and I’ve really been enjoying creating and DIY’ing using the supplies I already have in my craft stash. My youngest son loves to color, draw, paint and create. Not surprising since his momma is a craftaholic. And of course he loves to hang his artwork around the house, he asks for tape and hangs his masterpieces on the doors, walls, the fridge, the stove or just about anywhere he can. I was looking through Kammy’s blog over at Kammy’s Korner and saw a board she made for her son to display his artwork. She calls it his “Look What I Did Display” and it’s exactly what we need. She doesn’t post directions on her blog but the picture is pretty self explanatory. I’ve said in the past that I’m power tool challenged and although I have some scrap pieces of plywood in storage I had no intention of using them. About a year ago I’d bought a piece of pre cut plywood for another project that didn’t work out the way I had planned. Back into my craft closet it went, I figured I’d find something to do with it someday and today is the day.


  • piece of plywood
  • stencil
  • paint
  • clothespins
  • hot glue gun
  • Command strips

 art display,look what i did board

I started by painting the plywood white and stenciling the letters in black. That way it’ll match any room it may end up in, for now it’ll hang above his bed. Once the paint was dry I attached a couple clothes pins. The completed display was hung on the wall using Command strips, my absolute favorite hanging accessory.

art display, diy art display

The Look What I Did Display board will be used over and over again in our home and was so easy to make that this project was a win, win all the way around.

Another project accomplished with a $0 investment.

look what i did board, artdisplay