Thursday, October 2, 2008

More Fall Decorating With Nature

Fall is the perfect time of year for FREE home decor! It's all about the "harvest." I say step out into your backyard with fresh eyes or take the kids on a nature walk and see what you find!
I found pine cones and branches for my hurricanes. It seems almost everyone has hurricanes in their homes these days - they're perfect for seasonal accents. Here I filled two with pine cones and a few leafy branches just turning in color.

If you're going to snip a branch, I suggest you be on your own property or ask permission ... or be deep in the woods!! :-) Although my branch still had lots of green on it, it was laying on the ground at our local park after a rain storm, so it was available for the taking.
My inspirational twist was a paper band inscribed with "with a heart of Thanksgiving." I layered stripes in my computer program and printed cream letters on them. Be sure you print it long enough to wrap around and overlap. You can also stamp letters on strips of scrapbook or construction paper.

18 comments:

Jeanne said...

How very lovely and beautiful.
Love Jeanne

Bella Casa said...

I love that, how did you make those word ribbons, or did you buy them? It is such a nice finishing touch!

Bella

jeanne @ Inspiring Ideas said...

Good question, Bella! I just added a couple sentences to my post to describe how I did the paper ribbon.

eleanor joyce said...

Just beautiful - I'm going to do this - or at least some adaptation of it!

Heather said...

Thanks for stopping by The Gift Closet. What beautiful creative ideas you have here! Thanks for sharing them with non-creative people like me! ;)

Darlene said...

That is just beautiful...I always use pinecones in my fall decorations.

Jen r. said...

Love the natural decorations!!!!

Amber said...

I love how you use natural materials to decorate. Beautiful and cost effective, too!

Astrid said...

I love decorating with materials I find in my forest. Problem is that there are too many icky & creepy crawlers spiders right now. Eek! :)
How long did the leaves stay on the branches? Mine are falling off rather quickly right now.

Leila said...

Nice job! I wish the pine cones I find were shapely like yours. Mine are just not satisfactory. I love that you used what you found!

Jenny said...

I love how you used real items of nature. I personally don't care for fake flowers, leaves, etc., so I haven't done as many floral type arrangements as I would have liked just because I refuse to use fake flowers.

I am bookmarking your blog. You have so many "Inspiring Ideas". :)

Denise K. said...

Just beautiful!!! You have so many great ideas, I look forward to coming back and visiting your site! :-)

Meghan said...

Love it!

Dylan said...

Fall is really a perfect time for natural decorations..! Its time to think about Halloween decorations also.

jeanne @ Inspiring Ideas said...

Note to Astrid:
Yes, the leaves don't stay on all that long. After they start to curl and fall off, replace the branches with some fresh cut ones. Different types of trees change at different times, so if you have a variety in your area, you could keep this arrangement going for a while!

Jinx said...

My co-worker thought I was crazy when I asked for a box-cutter so I could "harvest" some cattails on the way home from work a couple of weeks ago.

I plunked them in a strawberry pot & they look great!

Nature has the best decorating ideas!

beth at aunties said...

Simply elegant and I loved the natural look. The ribbon is so pretty!
~Beth

beth at aunties said...

Simply elegant and I loved the natural look. The ribbon is so pretty!
~Beth

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