Hi Everyone! I’m Ashley from Cherished Bliss, and I’m so excited to be here guest posting for Anna! I actually had the pleasure of meeting her a few months ago and I absolutely adore her! Today I am here to talk budget with you! I don’t know about you, but I certainly can’t head out to Hobby Lobby every season change and holiday throughout the year. Especially since I have been working so hard on my kitchen remodel. Whew, that will take the dollars right out of your pocket! So when the fall season rolled around around I decided to head outside and shop my own house for some fall decor.
One of my favorite things to decorate with was pine cones this year. I took my kids on a walk and gathered up as many as I could!! To use pine cones you just simply bake them on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet at 250 degrees for about 45 minutes to an hour. This helps rid your new decor of those pesky bugs!
I filled mason jars with them, displayed them on plates, and used them in baskets. You just can’t go wrong with them!
I also grabbed a whole lot of leaves! I seriously LOVE the leaves in the fall. I’m like a little kid screaming to go outside and play in the leaf pile! Nothing like beautiful weather to bring out your inner child! : ) This year I preserved a few of them by soaking them in 1 part glycerin 2 parts water for 2-3 days. I just sandwiched them in between two casserole dishes and now I have some leaves to last me a few years. I didn’t do too many cause I didn’t know how well it would work, but I will definitely be doing some more next year!
I made these fun little leaves by just dry brushing some white paint on them (see my tutorial here) ! If you aren’t familiar with me or my blog… I have an obsession with white! Don’t let those yellow frames fool you, I’m a white paint girl all the way!
And there is the good old fashioned, throw leaves in a vase technique! But it’s beautiful isn’t it! Sometimes it’s the simple things!! But my favorite thing was throwing my preserved leaves in a fresh fruit centerpiece.
I also literally just put a branch in a vase. Guys, it doesn’t get cheaper than this!! 🙂 Thank you backyard!
I hope this gave you a few ideas on how you can bring the Fall indoors without breaking the bank!
I’d love to have you stop over and take a tour through my Fall Home.
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Have a Beautiful Day!!