It’s beginning to look a lot like fall around these parts! I have so many decorating ideas floating around in my head! I promise Mr. Fancy Pants to keep the glitter to a minimum. Sometimes though, when the holidays roll around, a little glitter or sequins is 100% necessary!
Anyway, I’ve had my eye on these two pictures as inspiration for a while now. Sunday afternoon I created my own version of both! I saw the pine cone garland last year I think. I never got around to it, but the idea was held up in the decorating depths back in the back of my brain.
The instructions on Twig and Thistle make the project seem so easy. I am happy to say that it actually was. The only change I would recommend would be a pair of crafting gloves. My garland strand has 15 pine cones on it and by cone #8 my hands were getting a little sore! You can see the original post about the garland (including directions and materials) here.
I had also seen this idea for a fireplace on none other than Pinterest. I actually just spotted this a few weeks ago (thankfully) because I haven’t had a fireplace until we moved to Portland! This one would have been another that made it into the decorating vault!
I took both of these ideas and put my own spin on things. I love the pumpkin filled fire place, however I didn’t want painted gourds. We used the pumpkins we snagged at the pumpkin patch this weekend to fill our fireplace. I also used burlap for my garland strand instead of ribbon. I think it adds a more fall/rustic touch AND it matches the bow on my front door wreath!
I’m not sure if I wrote about my wreath last year. If not, I made a wreath out of dried corn husks. Other than the fact that my hands were sore for a week afterwards, it was a great project! My favorite part about it is that it’s re-useable. I pulled out my fall wreath the other day and its still looking great! I gave it a new bow this year and had to re-wet a few of the pieces to reshape them a bit, but other than that it’s looking great!
I have a few more elements left to add. I need to photograph our porch. It’s looking mighty fall-ish if I say so myself. I have red/orange and yellow mums planted and a host of pumpkins on the steps. I put my Round Top Collection pumpkins in a planter by the front door. I love their stuff. Mr. Fancy Pants does not. Ha!
I purchased a runner for our dining room table made of burlap (can you tell I’m really in to burlap these days??). It is a flat runner with a ruffle on each side. I can’t wait to see it! I have a few more pumpkins to spread out here and there and that may be the gist of it for this year. I feel like the house doesn’t need as much “help” bringing in fall when it actually feels like fall outside. Ha! I have a few other things from last year that I probably won’t use but I’ve put out most of my decor already. I have to ease Mr. Fancy Pants into the holiday season. Before he knows it, Christmas decor will have thrown up all over the place. And I do NOT hold back!