Yesterday a friend of mine was at my house.
We were talking and laughing and telling each other how much we’d missed us and ourselves and how we love coffee in the morning and why do I wear random outfits that never match first thing in the morning and that Texas is so much better when it’s colder.
She asked me about my branches—this branch in particular.
Where did I get it?
Where did I find it?
Where did branches with tiny pinecones come from?
I literally laughed out loud and told her the branch came from my yard from one of the storms. And the pinecones? They just showed up from one of the tubs in the attic. That’s right. All you need for a fall decorating idea like this is a glass vase, a branch from your yard, a stem of faux pine cones, a stem of leaves that dry in place and 10 minutes.
Those are the best kind of decorating ideas.
But more importantly? Friends that make you laugh and drink coffee with you and ask you about your branches and tell you that you’re brilliant?
Those are the best kind of friends.
In case you are still falling-it around your house—here are my best 10 minute fall decorating ideas that are unique and clever and fun.
No lameness allowed.
Simple fall centerpiece
Start with a bay garland.
Drape it across your dining table.
Twist it and turn it a little to look like you decorated.
Tuck pumpkins in between the leaves.
Do NOT overthink.
Leave cute alone and get a cup of coffee.
Fill glass cloches with pumpkins
Most of these pumpkins came from the dollar store.
You probably have a bin of these upstairs.
Group three cake stands or cloches or glass covers.
Lift off the cover (this is the most important step).
Place pumpkins inside and cover again.
(total aside: just between us—don’t tell the other ideas—this one actually takes 3.5 minute idea—but I allowed extra time to find the pumpkins)
Find an urn.
Place eucalyptus inside.
Stack pumpkins on top.
Real or fake or orange or white or gray pumpkins work well for this.
Take a set of vintage keys.
Glue onto a faux pumpkin.
This only works if your letter is straight without curves.
If you have a curvy letter—here’s another monogram idea.
Take a coaster.
Glue it to the front of the pumpkin.
Replace the wreath
Here’s a clever idea if you aren’t about wreaths this year.
This is a table runner.
I know, right? SO MUCH FUN.
I just thumbtacked it to the top of the door (duck tape would work well, too).
It’s the perfect accent for something a little different with your fall door decor.
Urns with branches
Take an urn.
Add some branches from your yard.
It gives height and texture to your display for FREE.
Fill a toolbox with pumpkins
Whenever I clean out my fall boxes upstairs, I always have tons of pumpkins that need a home.
I took a vintage toolbox and placed all the pumpkins inside.
This makes a fun centerpiece or a table display or an easy mantel decorating idea.
Add a leaf
Take a regular, every day, ordinary pumpkin that’s minding it’s fall business.
Cut out a leaf from a book page and tape it on top.
From ordinary to extraordinary in 10 minutes.
Create falling leaves
Have your leaves fall off your mantel.
Cut leaves out of craft paper and crinkle at the edges.
Create a tree with branches from the yard and jute twine.
And then tape the leaves so they fall from the tree.
Fall doesn’t have to be hard?
It’s all about the details and the leaves and the pumpkins and the table runners and the 10 minutes.
And wonderful, incredible, amazing friends like you.
Do you know how thankful I am for each and every one of you that read this blog?
When I count my blessings you are at the very top of my list.
And thank you.
For simply being you.
PS If you see any lame ideas on this post that I overlooked. Please let management know and they will be removed immediately. 🙂