Fall + Halloween decorating inspiration – 2019

I had so much fun adding some fall and Halloween decor to my home. I don’t like to spend a lot of money on seasonal decorating so I try to redecorate using what I have and also by adding a few new pieces to make things festive. Here are the highlights of our home’s fall and Halloween decor – they were fun, simple, and affordable.

These are the same ghosts and messy branch from the mantel –
I wanted to get the outside ready for trick-or-treaters and stop cleaning leaves!

Well that’s a wrap for fall home inspiration 2019! I know Thanksgiving is technically during the fall, but I think it deserves a post and decor refresh all on its own. I tend to use more neutral tones for Thanksgiving. And Halloween is so fun, festive, and goes so well with all the brightly colored pumpkins – that’s just how I organize it my mind. Plus any excuse to decorate is a good excuse! Thanks for checking out my fall home tour, I hope you felt inspired and motivated to decorate your home.

Fall tablescape and dining décor

I’m totally ready for fall time, but not fall weather. Fall sweaters and cute boots, yes! Fall rain, wind, and dark skies, nope. And while I love and admire fall décor, I rarely get into myself. However, at a recent visit to my favorite local farm, Bauman’s Farm and Garden, I was inspired when I saw their mini pumpkins and gords. I decided to challenge myself to do some fall decorating using décor I already have – and only the allowance to buy pumpkins (oh, and some candy corn). I’m very happy with the results – the girls love it – and I hope you’re inspired to get creative in decorating with what you have on hand.

I removed some decor, especially pieces with a summery-vibe, but I left most. Then I started searching around the house for things that could hold pumpkins or that looked fall-ish.

I actually had a lot of fun making pom poms for the seat cushions and bookcase garland.
Even though they take forever, they’re so easy to do while watching TV.
When I created the bohemian pallet headboard, I had extra wood leftover.
I decided to make a long wood crate for the tabletop arrangement.

I used a plaid blanket scarf for a tablecloth which is perfect because it’s not scarf weather yet, and it looks great on the table. And it’s so easy to push out of the way when we eat dinner.

I moved my thankful laser-cut sign and it cracked when I was moving stuff around.
Such a bummer, but it was cute here while it lasted.

I gathered some greenery and arranged it in my galvanized bucket – I could have also stacked and balanced a few pumpkins on it.

After I decorated my mantel, I moved the galvanized cubbies
over here and changed up the look.
I’m really enjoying having this area decorated – especially since the kitchen has no fall vibes, and the mantel is still coming together.

It doesn’t have to cost a lot or even anything if you get creative and use nature as an inspiration. Large dried leaves and branches can create beautiful fall décor – you can also use your hydrangeas since they’re changing color!

I may try growing our own pumpkins next year! I think it would be fun for the girls to pick out their own pumpkin from our very own patch.

If you haven’t started your fall time decorating yet – I hope these ideas give you some inspiration when you’re ready (you can also Pin my pics for future inspiration). Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you’ll subscribe and stay connected!

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DIY Wood Crate

I had some leftover wood after making the pallet headboard. There were just enough boards to make this crate. So, I literally slapped this one together and the long and narrow design works great for my fall tablescape. In hindsight, I wish I would have used a table saw to have nice squared corners, but the jigsaw was quick and did the job.

Pallet boards usually have a rough side, so I placed the roughness inside the box. I also did a little sanding to reduce the chance of me getting slivers while I assembled the box. Once the wood crate was assembled, I knew the possibilities were endless. This crate will first be used for my fall centerpiece and then maybe Thanksgiving and Christmas too. It’s just the right size and it’s a great width to hold these mini pumpkins.


Instructions

1. Measure and draw your cut lines on pallet boards.
You will need four boards of the same length.
Measure and draw cut lines for two end pieces.
2. Use a jig saw (not perfect cuts) or table saw (for clean straight lines) to cut the six pieces.
I used two boards to create the bottom of the crate,
but you could use more to make a wider crate.
3. Cut two to three pieces to stabilize the bottom of the crate.
Just measure and draw cut lines.
I used 1.5” thick pine boards.
4. After all your boards are cut, use a brad nail gun to attach the pine boards to the bottom boards of your crate. Use several brad nails. This is the foundation.
5. The final step is to attach the end pieces. Again, use several brad nails to
attach the side and end pieces. Sand any rough edges. You’re done!

Tools
Pallet boards
pine board
jig saw or table saw
measuring tape
pencil
brad nail gun

I love how the lighter natural wood looks in contrast to my black table and the bright pumpkins. The crate is simple and a unique way to hold pumpkins, apples, pine cones, anything you can think of. I added some faux leaves to fill large holes around the pumpkins, and then a few handmade pom poms to add texture and whimsy. And now my pallet is completely repurposed and recycled!

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