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Thursday, October 3, 2019

A Little Bit of Free Outdoor Decorating for October


One of our neighbors keeps a very large vegetable garden every summer. Their property receives significantly more sunshine than ours, so corn actually grows well for them. Upon cleaning up their garden for the season, they put the bare cornstalks on the curb with a giant "free" sign. Yippee! I have wanted to buy cornstalks for several years, but I could never warrant the cost. Free pretty much trumps all price points when decorating on a tight budget.


I simply love the look of cornstalks on the porch. Once home, I grabbed a length of burlap ribbon, a pick that I bought at Dollar Tree 2 years ago, then I tied the cornstalks into a tidy bundle. Rustic country pairs well with autumn, don't you think?


Many of our neighbors do some lighting for Halloween and autumn. In past years, I have had a serious case of outdoor-lighting envy. Once again, I just can't justify the cost of more decorating stuff for just a few weeks of the year. 



So, I dug through piles of stuff from the attic and pulled out 3 ancient strands of multi-colored, outdoor Christmas lights. After removing all of the red and blue lights (plus any other burnt out ones) from 1 strand, I filled the empty spots with orange, white, and green lights.

There's a tall and narrow shrub just outside the house door nearest the driveway. This worked out great -- one orange, white, and green strand of lights was just enough to wrap around a single shrub. I'm looking forward to seeing it after dark tonight!

The cornstalks and colored lights may sound like such small things; however, the two items make a significant impact on my autumn decorating, and they didn't cost me a single cent. That's a price point that I can live with.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love this! Your cornstalks look so cheerful. And great use of holiday lights. Free is my favorite price, too.
-Stephanie

Anonymous said...

Ooh, freebie cornstalks! Score!

I'm in sort of a morphed outdoor decorating scheme right now. My summer flowers are still doing well so they are mingling with my Aldi pumpkins. I probably should change out wreaths, though, since I have an autumnal wreath hanging out in the basement.

The autumn decorating that I do cheers me up--it really takes minimal time on my part and it's worth it for the smiles it gives me. I hope you get a great season of enjoyment from your decorations, as well.

Kris said...

Oh good grief--that last comment was from me, Kris. I don't know why it's so hard for me to click in the correct spot ....

Cat said...

Very nice! Bet it looks great at night with the lights. You inspire me with your great re-use/recycling of things. Have a great weekend!

live and learn said...

I love cornstalks for decorating. Looks great. And lights. Wow!

Lili said...

Stephanie said...
I love this! Your cornstalks look so cheerful. And great use of holiday lights. Free is my favorite price, too.


Thanks, Stephanie! I agree, the cornstalks do look cheerful.

Lili said...

Kris said...
Ooh, freebie cornstalks! Score!

I'm in sort of a morphed outdoor decorating scheme right now. My summer flowers are still doing well so they are mingling with my Aldi pumpkins. I probably should change out wreaths, though, since I have an autumnal wreath hanging out in the basement.

The autumn decorating that I do cheers me up--it really takes minimal time on my part and it's worth it for the smiles it gives me. I hope you get a great season of enjoyment from your decorations, as well.


Hi Kris,
Thank you. Your summer flowers alongside the pumpkins sounds very cheering. I get a dopamine rush from doing these small projects. Then for several weeks I continue to feel cheered when I see them again.
Have a great weekend, Kris!

Lili said...

Cat said...
Very nice! Bet it looks great at night with the lights. You inspire me with your great re-use/recycling of things. Have a great weekend!


Thanks, Cat. I turned on the lights while we were eating dinner last night. We can see this bush through the kitchen window. And my family enjoyed the visual treat, which makes this even better.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend, too, Cat!

Lili said...

live and learn said...
I love cornstalks for decorating. Looks great. And lights. Wow!


It's funny how cornstalks are something so ordinary, yet have the ability to be so cheerful. They're, after all, what's leftover after you've harvested all of the corn! But I love the way they look, too.
Welcome home from your travels! Enjoy your weekend!

LindaJimLevitt said...

This is lovely and welcoming.
Linda

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