If you blink you'll miss fall. Decorating for fall is quick, easy and painless. Fall decorations can stay up through Thanksgiving and beyond. If you use items you already have, or venture outdoors, you'll be amazed at the indoor scene you can create in minutes. Add the colors of the season to your home with these quick tips and tricks.
Bring the outdoors inside
Take a walk and collect hydrangeas, berried twigs, colorful leaves, acorns, pinecones and any other interesting natural materials you find. Clean them off with a dry paper towel and arrange them in a vase or a bowl.
Make paint chip leaves
If bringing the outdoors inside does not mesh well with family allergies, look to other sources of color. Gather a handful of colorful paint swatches in deep red, brown, mustard and pumpkin. I always have a supply of paint swatches from the local home improvement store on hand. Use the large ones to cut out leaf shapes and tape them to the windows. If you want stems, punch a small hole in the leaves and add pieces of yarn.
String them along
Use beige yarn or cheap twine (easy to find at the local "all for a dollar store") to upcycle small tin cans, jars or coffee creamer containers. Place newspapers or magazines on the work surface. Use your fingers to smear some white glue on a small area of the item. Press the string into the glue, winding it around the object. Add more glue and continue until the entire object is done. It's a simple way to transform items earmarked for the recycling bin into fall decor.
Tips if have more time:
* Make patterns by using different yarns.
* Color the twine with markers before you glue it on.
* Add decorations by creating diagonal lines or circle on the first layer of twine.