I spent yesterday working on getting the side porch all ready for fall. I wanted to take advantage of the few nice days we have left. I know that winter is creeping up on us and I didn’t want to get stuck decorating in my mittens, it was sunny and 50 degree yesterday….the perfect temps to work outside.
My goal was to get the look I wanted for under $40, and I’m happy to say I did it by shopping local and purchasing from farmers. Around here you can find big wagon loads of pumpkins piled high for next to nothing compared to the prices you find in stores.
Here’s what I picked up:
8 pumpkins @ $2 = $16
2 evergreens @ $5 = $10
2 mums @ $4 = $8
20 gourds and squash @ $.25 = $5
TOTAL = $39
I was so happy to come in under budget. I also have a few tips for making containers appear fuller, which means less things to buy.
1. Fill the dead space of the container with plastic water bottles, rocks, packing peanuts or anything that takes up space and is free.
2. Use straw around the pumpkins and gourds it give it a base to rest on and fills in any blank areas.
3. Layer large items to the back and pick one oversized element to fill the majority of the space, since pumpkins were cheap this is what I picked.
4. Purchase live items that can carry you into the next season. I picked the evergreen, it can be used in my winter decor as well.
5. Add edible elements such as squash and pie pumpkins. As the season gets on you can eat those things.
6. Add anything from your garden such as mums and sunflower heads. I cut my sunflowers off so decided to place the heads in the containers, not only are they pretty they will also be feed for the birds.
I made the door wreath earlier in the season, and it all came together with very little effort. I’ll be back next week with another project using sunflower heads.