The other day Free and Cheap had a conversation with the garden gate about my fall mantel.
They were talking about fall mantel ideas.
Have you ever met Free or Cheap before?
They are so cute and so…..well….so irresistible.
We are BFF’s.
The conversation started with these sticks in the back yard.
Well….actually…..it all started with a barn door.
A barn door that turned into a fall mantel that inspired the spray-painted garden gate.
Which inspired the fall mantel conversation.
Between a garden gate and a whole lot of Free and Cheap.
Top Five Ways To Decorate With Free and Cheap
(1) Find some sticks in the back yard.
Wrap some raffia around the sticks to make a tree.
Decide that the raffia looks too free and cheap and add rope instead.
(2) Find some old boards and paint them to look like barn wood.
Hot glue the tree to the wood.
Realize that your faux barn wood looks like whitewashed jeans from 1990.
Add some more gray paint.
(3) Decide that the tree doesn’t look like a tree at all…..it just looks like a bunch of sticks wrapped with rope.
Cut leaves out of brown paper shopping bags to create the illusion of a realistic stick rope tree.
Tea-dye the leaves.
Hot glue onto leaves onto sticks.
(4) Decide you are kind of over your Free and Cheap mantel.
Leave and go to make sure that Survivor is taped for tonight. Worry about Blair and that if her team loses she is totally going to be voted off.
Come back to the library and see that some of the leaves have fallen off the stick rope tree.
Go with it.
Totally embrace the falling leaves theme.
Deliberately take the leaves fall off the tree.
Continue the theme all the way down the fireplace.
(5) Add some pumpkins and letters that spell fall.
And some dried hydrangea.
And the spray painted garden gate that started it all.
The mantel is finished.
Survivor is taped.
Life is good.
Stand back and high-five Free and Cheap…..
…..after all….you couldn’t have done it without them 🙂
PS You all always leave the best comments.
If you if need a good laugh….please read some of the comments on this blog.
They will make your heart smile.
Here are two that made my heart laugh out lout today:
Erika said: “Your “free and cheap” always look more like “expensive and designer”. I wish I could have meaningful conversations with “free and cheap” like you do. I tried texting them last week, but they haven’t responded. They must have been too busy working on your lovely library mantel. Inspiring as always.”
Donnamae said: “Love the mantel, and all that you did! I am very familiar with free and cheap, and it’s cousins…repurposed, reengineered, and inherited! And don’t worry about Blair…I think she can hold her own! ;)”