Seasonal Decorating on a Budget


Fall is in the air, and if you have kids, signs of the season are likely on your floors, tables and chairs.

Yesterday, I found a colorful leaf near the bathtub.

A soggy, orange leaf that likely hitched a ride on the bottom of my daughter’s shoe.

While I am a huge fan of autumn’s brilliant colors, I’d prefer them sprucing up my home in others ways. For example, if you are trying to add seasonal flair to your home this fall, but don’t have a ton of money to buy elaborate decorations, consider crafting these affordable projects using natural elements:



Plain white or ivory pillar candles

White tissue paper

Fall leaves

Glue stick


Heat gun used for rubber stamping

Beads in fall colors

Craft wire

Wire cutters



Using the glue stick, attach tissue paper to a piece of cardstock.

Glue a leaf onto the tissue paper.

Cut-out the leaf and peel it away from the cardstock.

Use the heat gun to attach the leaf to the candle. (As the wax melts, the tissue paper with the leaf will adhere to the candle.)

Cut a piece of craft wire long enough to wrap a couple of times around the base of the candle.

Make a loop at one end of the wire.

String a few beads on the wire and make a loop at the other end of the wire to keep them from slipping off.

Wrap the beaded wire around the bottom of the candle for an autumnal-themed table decoration.



Straw wreath

Ribbon in fall colors (orange, yellow, rust, gold, etc.)

Craft wire

Hot glue gun

Fall leaves, pine cones, nuts, berries, etc.


Wrap the ribbon around the wreath.

Secure both ends of the ribbon to the wreath with a little glue.

Make a bow out of the remaining ribbon and hot glue it to the top or bottom of the wreath.

Use the glue to attach leaves and other embellishments.

Use the wire to make a hanging loop.

Display the wreath on a door or wall to add some seasonal color to your home.

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.