Fall and winter are my two favorite seasons of the year. I was born in Sweden and didn’t really enjoy the summer. However, I live in Georgia now and the summer can be a torture! Our apartment place have a pool, so it makes it a lot easier to deal with the heat. The summer is pretty much over any moment now and fall is almost at our door step. I visited Michaels and Hobby Lobby last week and I was really happy to see the fall decor. To my surprise, I saw Christmas items as well! It’s so tempting to buy… But I am patiently waiting until the last week of November before planning the Christmas decoration for this year.
Me and my lovely husband live in a one bedroom apartment and we don’t have a lot of space to decorate. Even though it’s a challenge, it doesn’t stop me from buying more decorations and switch them out for different seasons. If you are in the same situation, make sure to invest in a few clear bins to store your decorations for all four seasons. With that being said, I dumped all of our summer decorations in a bin and started to decorate the apartment with our new fall decor. In this post I will share with you a few of those items. I still need to visit a few more stores and work on more projects because my fall decor is not complete yet. I will of course share them with you once I’ve put them together! Let’s get started…
I bought candleholders from the Dollar Tree that I thought would fit perfectly for my fall decoration. I tried to find the candleholder on Dollar Tree’s website but had no luck. The original candle holder is black. I decided to use chalk paint to cover the black color and used sand paper to give it more of a aged look. You can find chalk paint both at Michael’s and Hobby Lobby and the prices range from 2 to 4 dollars. Very inexpensive! Also, you can purchase sand paper (36 sheets!) from the Dollar Tree. Once the color was fully dried, I used the sand paper to buff some of the edges off. Easy! I decided to put mini pumpkin decorations above the candleholders. You can pretty much place what ever you want on top of the candleholder!
Estimated cost: 3 dollar
One way I love to save money is to reuse some of the items I already have. The vase on the picture above is from the Dollar Tree. I used it both for my winter and summer flowers. I picked two different color of flowers and mixed them together. One is more of a yellow color and the other is orange. I bought four total, which cost me 4 dollars. I also bought a door hanger from the fall decor section at the Dollar Tree and put it in the center of the flowers. This project cost me 5 dollars total!
- The door hanger is not available on their website
Estimated cost: 5 dollars
I bought one LED lantern from the Dollar Tree as well (not available on their website anymore) and used the same chalk paint to cover the black color. This gave the lantern a more realistic look and less “plastic”. I also used sand paper to buff some of the edges to make it more distressed. Afterwards, I removed the handle and the LED candle on the inside. I replaced the candle with LED wire lights. Next, I cut a few pieces off from a wall stickers sheet and put it on the outside of the lantern.
- LED wire lights
- Wall stickers (there are random stickers at each Dollar Tree store)
Estimated cost: 3 dollars
Frame with Owl decor
Another thing I found at the Dollar Tree was shadow box frames that I really liked. However, I wasn’t a big fan of the colors. I decided to use the same chalk paint color to paint the frame and sand paper the edges. I was to lazy to go back to Hobby Lobby and buy another color. Afterwards, I used Pod Modge on the owls to apply the loose glitter I purchased from the Dollar Tree. You can find loose glitter at any store, but I thought it was a great bargain to buy 6 colors for only 1 dollar!
Estimated cost: 5 dollars
Do you remember the candleholders and silver plate I put together in a previous DIY? Well, I decided to reuse and incorporate them in my fall decor. I wrapped the plate in a dark burlap color. Afterwards, I placed the candleholders, the pumpkins and acorns around the plate. Finally, I added the bronzy glitter leafs around the plate. I had to use two bags since there were not that many of the glitter once in each bag.
Estimated cost: 7 dollars
Everyone who knows me knows that I’m obsessed with owls! Of course I had to purchase one at the Dollar Tree… It’s only a dollar! I think you should do the same! You can never have to many owls. I placed it above our shadow box with our wedding photo along with LED leaf lights.
What do you think? I hope you liked the pieces and wish to see more! I know it was a long time ago I posted something. This is only a hobby at the moment and I’m trying to balance this with other things going on in my personal life. It’s hard to blog full time when I already have a full time job at an investment firm. However, I want to promise you that I will do better but my ADD can easily make me feel overwhelmed and distracted. I appreciate all of the support and love I’ve gotten from you!