If you follow me on you saw a few pics of acorns and pumpkins last week. I was working on ways to decorate with the outdoors with the resources around us.
I love pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. It might have something to do with my son’s favorite childhood book is titled, “Too Many Pumpkins.” I think he loves it because I read it every single night during the fall. I loved this book about an accidental pumpkin patch yielding hundreds and hundreds of pumpkins for an older lady. Oh geez!
The title is how I feel about pumpkins; you can never have too many pumpkins and outdoor finds. With all of these pumpkins, gourds and nuts I had to find a way to decorate with the outdoors.
My kids thought I was losing my mind when I sorted acorns and pine needles from a paper bag. I shut down the crazy rumors when my son thought the tray of acorns, culled from our front yard was “cool.” He actually thought I purchased the acorns when he saw the Trader Joe’s bag. The fact they came from our yard was not lost on him (I don’t think.. I may be reaching).
Bringing new life to nature’s end of season harvest is upcycling at it’s best. This post sounds like a Hallmark movie. Can you tell I have been watching Hallmark movies this season.
What is fun about decorating with the outdoors is you can do this even if you live in a nine story high rise. You just have to go on a walk… on an adventure of sorts like we did when we were kids.
It’s fun and slightly addictive because you find surprises on every block or every corner of your yard or park. Like when I found this little pumpkin patch in my front yard this fall.
Even a trip or walk to a farmer’s market is a fun way to introduce produce into décor. I am having fun adding squash to my centerpiece… giving a twist to the farm to table idea. Can you spot the squash in this centerpiece on my kitchen table? I love what I did with this fun potting tray I purchased last winter.
Earlier this year I shared my DIY mason jar herb garden. I wish I could say the herbs thrived in the southwest corner of my kitchen, but they died a slow, thirsty death. This season I added pumpkins and rebranded the herb garden to a mason jar pumpkin patch.
Finally, when a few Aspen trees took a tumble after a late spring snow in Denver I took advantage of the fallen branches by cutting them into thick slabs. I used my table saw to get the look:
What are you bringing into the décor this season?
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