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Monday, November 14, 2011

Eco-friendly Fall Decorating Ideas

By Diane

It's time to start getting our houses into the spirit of fall! Whether you have company coming for the holidays or just enjoy changing up your decor every once in a while, there are a number of decorations that can be made with items you can find right in your own backyard or at the local farmer's market. Here are just a few suggestions on how you can save money, “go green,” and bring nature into your home!

eco-friendly fall decoratingPine Cone Crafts: November is the season of pine cones! You can find them in your neighborhood, a local park, the craft store or even purchase them online. What should you do with them? Here’s an idea:

•    Spray pine cones with a spray adhesive from the craft store, place in a Ziploc® Brand Bag with glitter and shake it up together. Place them in a basket or decorative bowl and enjoy your homemade centerpiece!

Acorn Picture Frame: This is a great craft idea to get your kids involved in decorating!

•    Find a piece of cardboard (approximately 8 inches by 11 inches).

•    Cut out the center portion, leaving a frame about two to three inches wide all the way around.

•    Gather up all the acorns you can find and glue them in rows onto the frame. Make sure you place glue on the edges of the caps and press down gently.

•    Next, have your child draw a pretty picture to put behind your frame! You may want to trace out the dimensions so they know how big to make the picture.

•    Glue the picture onto the back of the frame so their creation is surrounded by acorns! If you don't have a hand drawn picture, you can use a fall photograph instead.

Other decorations inspired by nature could include colorful leaves, wreaths made from grape vines, and of course, don't forget the pumpkins! There are so many ways to decorate your home with natural ingredients instead of spending money on store-bought items.

What is your favorite way to decorate your home during the fall?

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On Saturday, November 19, 2011, Scarlet in TN wrote

Suns fun! I will have to try the pinecone one!

On Monday, November 14, 2011, Michelle wrote

Great ideas! Emily looks like she is having fun. I will have to set Ali free with the glitter!

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