DIY Fall Centerpieces

 

One of the things I love most about fall decor is that it can be rustic and natural, but not look like you got it out of your backyard….even if you did!

I like to sort through what I already have when decorating for fall.  It’s way more fun shopping in your own home than shelling out cash for decor that will only be around for two months out of the year.  Just add some outside elements and you’ve got yourself some magazine worthy decor for free!

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So, this first centerpiece is great for a kitchen table or even a coffee table as long as you don’t have small children…I’ve made that mistake before!

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Let’s break down the basic elements:

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  1. Basket – I love this basket for so many reasons.  It’s simple, rustic and aged.  It was holding our mail, but it is the perfect size for this centerpiece.
  2. Fabric – Using fabric in your centerpiece adds texture and warmth.  This is one of my favorite tablecloths folded with a couple corners hanging over the sides.  This tablecloth pulled double duty because it filled the basket to give the other elements lots of height.  Otherwise, everything would hide in the bottom of the basket.
  3. Tiny Basket – Do you remember my basket of river rocks?  I decided to repurpose it for a couple months.  It’s quite small, and I didn’t want it to disappear, so I added something underneath for some additional height.  Any ideas what I used? A magic eraser. It was the perfect size!
  4. Acorns – You may have an oak tree in your yard that provides you with hundreds of adorable acorns each fall.  If so, grab em up! I don’t, but found some at my kids’ T-Ball field.  Keep your eyes open when you are outside.  You never know what you may stumble upon.
  5. Candle – Any candle will do, but as you probably saw in my previous post, I have some favorites that I like to use.  My candle is a beautiful pumpkin orange.  I tied some twine around the top to add a bit of fall-ish whimsy.
  6. Foliage – I borrowed some berries and faux green hydrangea out of a bouquet I had saved from my sister’s wedding last year. If you don’t have an old bouquet lying around, you could easily use mums from your garden, or even sticks.  Use it to fill in the holes around your bigger elements.
  7. Pumpkin – This will probably surprise you, but I don’t actually have a pumpkin patch in my backyard.  So, I had to break down and buy this cutie for 69 cents at the grocery store.  I kinda feel like it was worth it though!

These next two photos were taken of the centerpieces at our wedding.  We were married on a gorgeous day in October, and the fall colors were plentiful.

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I love the base of this centerpiece.  It’s a lid from a crab basket! Only in Maryland.

It also has lots of grassy foliage and an unraveled grapevine.  Simple and beautiful.

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That bright, orange pumpkin makes me smile.  There are really no rules when it comes to making a fall centerpiece.  Keep it cheap and go wild!

I have to share one more centerpiece.  This shows how much our little kiddos are watching and learning from us.  After I finished my centerpiece, my five-year-old daughter put this one together.

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It is humbling realizing God has given me the underserved gift of parenting my sweet little girl. These moments are precious.

Have a lovely week!

Steph

 

 

The Best Fall Scented Candles

It’s fall ya’ll! There is just nothing like crisp leaves, sweaters, fall festivals, and pumpkin everything!

I would say my favorite thing has to be the amazing smells.  I’m not the best baker, but I’ll whip up some homemade banana bread just for how wonderful it smells cooking in the oven.  I’m also oddly drawn to those stick brooms you see at the grocery store that seem to be doused in cinnamon.

I have been slacking on my fall decor so far this year, but it’s amazing what a candle can do.  For this reason, I thought I’d share my favorites for this cozy season.

 

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Here are my top 3:

1.  Cinnamon Stick – Village Candle

This candle gives you that true fall experience.  It smells natural and fills the whole room with a spicy scent.

2.  Apple Cinnamon – Glade

This inexpensive candle is great for when you want something to freshen up a smaller room, like a bathroom.  Just remove the sticker, and no one will know you only spent 3 bucks on it!

3.  Orange Cinnamon – Village Candle

This has to be my all time favorite.  It is great for fall, but is mild enough for year round use.  I am picky about my scents, especially in the kitchen.  They can’t be too floral, or compete with whatever I am cooking.  This one does the trick.  Even my husband asked me to buy another one after we burned our last one down to the bottom!

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If you haven’t tried the Village Candle brand yet, I highly recommend it.  I prefer it over Yankee Candle, and my local Giant grocery store carries a good selection of them.

Make your home smell amazing this week!

Steph

 

 

The Launch Pad

We’ve all seen the beautiful mud rooms and front entryways on Pinterest, where everyone’s everything is neatly organized and still amazingly stylish.  Unfortunately, that “pin” has yet to become a reality in my home.  Until it does, this will do just fine.

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I have never been an “on time” kinda person.  Despite all my mother’s efforts of teaching me to use an alarm clock, setting the timer at breakfast, and planning ahead, I still have become “that mom.” Wet hair and all.

But, I’m getting better.

One thing my momma implemented when I was a wee young thing, was the “Launch Pad.”  This was a chair that held everything I needed to get out the door.  We would make sure it was ready to go the night before.  She would add my freshly packed lunchbox in the morning.

After school, I would drop my backpack, shoes, jacket, etc. there so that it wasn’t a mad dash the next morning to find all my things as I was running out the door.  As I grew, the contents would vary.  In middle school, my instrument was added on band days, and three times a week, my gym clothes would be folded neatly next to my backpack.

I never needed to ask my mom, “hey mom, where’s my….?” I always knew to check the launch pad first.

So now I’m a momma, trying desperately to be better at getting out the door on time.  Tomorrow is our first day of our homeschool co-op, so it seems appropriate to post this as an encouragement to myself to get it together!  Now it’s not just me needing to be on time, it’s my kids too!

So, I think we will be implementing the launch pad for them…and for me too.

Happy Back to School Everyone!!

Steph