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Wednesday, October 18, 2023

My Budget Autumn Decor

I've finally been putting out some autumn-themed decor this week, doing one room or area each day. This is the bay windowsill in the dining room. I've got our thrifted cornucopia filled with free pile faux fruit, berries and leaves plus one of our garden pumpkins, some collected-in-the-wild acorns, and the free pile candle holder plus free pile pillar candle (repurposed from the summer patio). It also 4 candle jars that I change seasonally.

I've shown you each season separately, but I don't think I've put them all together in one post before.

The jars are excess 1/2-pint jelly jars. My family doesn't eat nearly as much jam and jelly as they used to, so now I'm finding other uses for the canning jars.

The candles inside are battery LED tea lights from Dollar Tree, bought in 2016 or 2017. At that time you could get 4 lights in a package for $1. I'm sure they're now in packages of 2, and for $1.25. But I make them last by not leaving them on when its daytime and only turning them on for brief periods in the evenings. For October and November, I tied orange, red, yellow and brown plaid ribbons around each jar.

Just after Thanksgiving in late November, I switch out the autumn plaid ribbon for a green and red plaid ribbon. I don't retie the ribbons each time, but slide them on and off still tied.

For the Christmas candle jars, the spot where I use them is smaller, so I only use 3 candles. With the 4th jar, I fill this one with candy canes, as a budget holiday decoration.

Then when spring rolls around, the jars get a green ribbon, faux greenery, and raffia bow. These candle jars often come outside to the table on the deck during summer.

So that is some of my autumn decorating on a budget.


  1. I love being able to tweak decorations for different seasons--using ribbons is a simple and inexpensive way to do that.

    I recently read that if you soak your wild-foraged acorns in a glass of water and they float, they have weevils in them and you don't want them in your home. Along the same line, if you see a small round hole in an acorn, discard it and don't bring it in. Just a little thought for those of us who think outdoor creatures belong outside. :) I know that some people bake their acorns to kill anything inside, but the water trick may save a step.

    1. Thank you for those acorn tips, Kris!
      These are acorns that I've had for about 15 years, so I guess any hitchhikers are now gone. But I will keep these tips in mind for future acorn scavenging.


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