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Easy DIY Fall Wreath

11I have had a left over wreath wire frame from about a year ago just sitting around. Honestly, I just didn’t have any idea what I wanted to do with it. So, as I decorated my mantle this past weekend for the fall season this wreath frame came to mind. It’s hard not to be inspired by all the beautiful, fall colored leaves. Am I right? Then it hit me. I wanted to make a fall leaf wreath completely out of leaves. Bingo!

The great news is that this wreath comes in around a very budget friendly $6. I grabbed three bags of different colored leaves from Wal Mart for under $1 a bag, my hot glue gun, and my wire wreath frame (previously purchased for just under $3) and set out to make my fall leaf wreath.

12 13To attach each leaf, I simply placed a bit of glue at the end of each leaf and placed the leaf exactly where I wanted. I overlapped them while having the leaves facing the same circular direction but I tried to not give too much thought beyond that on how I laid them out. I wanted this wreath to have that natural leaf scattered look you see when you look out over your yard about this time of year and yet still have a uniform, wreath feel to it.

Here is a close up of the leaf pattern on the wreath:

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3That is literally all the work and crafting involved. Not too bad for $6 and about 30 minutes eh? What do you think? Let me know what new ideas you come up as you make your fall wreath and don’t forget to check back soon for more DIY ideas…on a budget of course. And, as always, if you enjoy what you are reading then feel free to follow my blog to get all my latest decorating and money-saving ideas and tips.

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Seasonal Decor for Your Front Porch…on a Budget of Course

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I am a California transplant now living in North Carolina so I am really enjoying having four seasons, especially fall. I LOVE fall! After what seemed like an eternity of warm weather it is finally cooling down, the leaves are turning colors, the mums are blooming, and that means…fall is here!

I, not surprisingly, also love a fall themed front porch. Who doesn’t? I mean really. So, I set to work to decorate our front porch, on a budget of course, in time for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Due to some incredibly busy weeks at work, I am now JUST sharing this, but it is still in time for an entire month before Thanksgiving as well as includes some great tid bits to tuck away for next year, the year after, and so on.

So, how do you decorate your porch on a budget?

First, pick a theme that can transcend a few of the holidays that come with Fall  (or Spring, Summer and Winter for that matter). Holiday specific decor can become such a money pit! So, for fall, I chose a scarecrow and pumpkin theme, all in fall colors of course.

I started with the Dollar Tree. Y’all they had a whole scarecrow themed section! I picked up one for my wreath, one for the porch, and one to stick in my yard. They are pictured below:

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I also picked up some buckets to put my mums in but ended up only using one for my porch.

Then I hit a craft store. AC Moore is my craft store of choice as they generally always have a coupon available and have some great deals. I scored my large scarecrow for $6 and a smaller one for $2 from AC Moore. Those scarecrows are pictured below:

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Lastly, I got my pumpkins and mums. I try to wait until mid season to buy those to get them on sale. I usually buy mine from a local grocery store, Aldi. My pumpkins were $3 and the purple mum was $3 also. I picked up the yellow mums after Halloween for 50% off at Wal Mart so those ended up being $2 and add a more thanksgiving color palette to the porch.

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To top it off, I pulled out my DIY wreath and hung it on the door (with my newly added scarecrow of course).

Add one cute pumpkin themed baby and done!

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Y’all, it cost me about $30 plus wreath supplies from last year for the entire porch. I have seen ONE decor item for a fall porch cost that much. Sheesh!

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Thrift Store Jacket: $3.50

Thrift Store find: $3.50

I have wanted to add a tweed jacket to my fall wardrobe for quite some time now. It started when I found the tweed jacket from J Crew posted below for $198. I immediately loved it but there was no way I was going to pay almost $200 for it. So I started hitting the thrift stores. You can imagine my joy when I found this jacket at a local thrift store for only $7. HERE’S A TIP: ask your local thrift stores if they put different items on sale each week. I asked this thrift store that very same question and, wouldn’t you know it, I found out the store was having a “50% off all clothing” sale the very next day. I returned to the thrift store first thing the following morning and scored my tweed jacket for only $3.50. Now that’s what I call trendy thrifting.

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