The calendar may say that Autumn has arrived, but as usual, Texas begs to differ. Although our temperatures have happily fallen from the 100s to the 90s over the last few weeks, our trees still look as green as ever. It’s not exactly conducive to coming up with new fall decorating ideas.
But, since we pretty much skip the fall altogether down here in Austin, I figured I’d go ahead and give it a shot. This past weekend, my family and I traipsed through the woods for “au naturel” fall decorations. I wanted to decorate my dining room while spending as little as possible.
We found a lot of really big sticks. Sticks that were mossy. Sticks that were forked. Sticks that I carried around for an entire mile. We also found a Copperhead snake, but we just turned around and went the other way when we saw him. Eek!
Using fishing line, I tied some of them together and hung them from 3M command hooks that I stuck to the top of my china cabinet. I tied the pinecones (that my mother-in-law sent me from Minnesota several years ago – no pine trees in Austin!) to the sticks with fishing line, too. I think it looks like a garland, which I love.
I did grab a few pumpkins at the grocery store. Have you heard of Texas pumpkin patches? They are literally pumpkins out in a parking lot with some hay bales around them. I kid you not! I wouldn’t even know what it would be like to go pick my pumpkins out from a real pumpkin patch.
I put some of those pumpkins on my dining table. With some more sticks. And more pinecones. And used more fishing line.
I had a hard time trying to come up with some sort of neutral colored runner for the table. Since I didn’t want to spend much money, I searched my house for something unique to use. When I spied this rug in a closet (I didn’t end up using it in my kids’ bathroom), I knew that it would rock my world as a table runner.
Yep. It does.
To add some height to the table, I added some sticks to a clear glass vase of acorns (that I gathered a few years ago in Alabama). And I used fishing line to tie more pinecones to the sticks.
Seriously, y’all. Sticks + pinecones + fishing line. I’m just going to keep saying it over and over again. Sticks + pinecones + fishing line = love.
If you’re looking for more fall decorating ideas using items from your own backyard, check out these other bloggers! We got together to bring you fall projects and decor to get you inspired for fall – even it it’s still 90-degrees where you are. Ahem, Texas – I’m looking at you.
Have you decorated for fall yet? Did you use sticks, pinecones and fishing line? ;)