Hi everyone! Fall has finally arrived here in Texas and I am so excited for the change of the season! The warm cider on a crisp, chilly evening, pulling out colorful fall cardigans and darker, moodier colors, the shorter days and the cozy nights. I love Fall! And the first place to decorate for the season is the front porch!
I don’t know about you, but when I was little summer was my favorite season- school was out for the summer, it was nice and warm and green, you got to go swimming and eat watermelon, the list just goes on and on. But now that I’m an adult (haha! I like to tell myself that sometimes), I’ve discovered that my tastes have shifted. The changing of the season, the cool weather, the changes in the leaves (not that there’s much of that here in Texas), and the beginning of lots of holidays and fun things to do breath new life into… well, life!
Anyway, enough of my ranting. I have been so excited about fall this year and decorating for the first time. (Last year around this time we had a brand new baby girl and a new house and I wasn’t about to decorate anything. Unpacking and recouping was priority on that list!) I’ve been thinking and dreaming about making our yard and front porch look the season for a while now!
We’re on a tight budget, so my “decorating budget” is virtually non-existent. But that didn’t stop me from trying! The first thing our tiny porch needed was a wreath for the door. I really wanted a bright, colorful wreath with lots of fall leaves in reds and oranges. Texas doesn’t really have trees that change leaves in the fall, so I had to have those fall leaves worked into the wreath so we would have some fall colors around here! But when I looked for a wreath all of them were out of my price range. So I decided to make my own instead using items from the craft store. In total, I spent about $15 and 30 minutes making our fall wreath. I love seeing the fall colors every time I walk in the door!
The wreath for the front door was my splurge on this little decorating project, so the rest of the decor was relatively inexpensive. The tree stumps are my year round porch decor, so they were already sitting on the porch waiting for me to dress them up for the season! Which I did with a pumpkin and a basket of apples. I have to admit that my decor is pretty minimal, but it’s colorful and seasonal! Plus I can repurpose my “decor” into delicious fall recipes every week or so! To tell the truth, I had a basket of beautiful yellow mums sitting by my stumps too, but they sort of… died. But they were a gorgeous addition while they were alive!
And if you happen to have a black cat, they make cute fall decorations too! She fits right in with the pumpkin and Halloween coming up! They pose so well, don’t they? Honestly they’re just waiting for me to open the door so they can make a mad dash for the food bowl. But they look wonderful just sitting there!
Our simple fall front porch cost a grand total of $17 if you don’t include the pumpkins and fruit (which I don’t, because technically they’re “groceries” 😉 ). But if you do, then our grand total was $23. Sometimes it can be a challenge to decorate with no money, but there are some things that help:
- Use decorating items that don’t cost anything. My tree stumps are a great example of this! I got ours from a family member’s wood pile, but there are almost always people giving away stumps on Craigslist. Or you can cut branches from a tree, or use the fall leaves that are on the ground if you live in an area with color changes! In the summer, we pick wild sunflowers and other green things for “bouquets” and decorating.
- Use items you already have. Like groceries! We always buy apples and since it’s fall we always buy a pumpkin to make yummy recipes out of, so we already had these items on hand. You could use baskets you already have, or wood scraps and leftover paint for cute seasonal signs!
- Make decor instead of buying it premade. It isn’t always cheaper to make instead of buy, but sometimes it is. If you have something specific in mind, see if it’s cheaper for you to make yourself instead of buying it all-put-together.
- Shop the seasonal sales. Most craft and decor stores have sales on seasonal items before or during the season. Save money by using coupons and shopping sales. All the items I bought for our fall wreath were either on sale or I had a coupon!
Well, that’s our fall front porch this year! I had a lot of fun trying to bring the season to our house in a creative, budget-friendly way. If you like our fall wreath, I will be posting a tutorial on how to make it yourself later this week so stay tuned! Happy Fall, ya’ll!