The bill for the credit card that I used while in Disney World is going to be rolling in any day now and it’s not going to be pretty. Disney World is not exactly a budget friendly place, and I’m not terribly good at being frugal while on vacation.
So I’ll have to make up for that now that I’m home, starting with some frugal fall decorating.
This is where my hydrangeas come in, and this is just one of the reasons why I love having several hydrangeas in the garden. Hydrangeas, in particular the paniculata varieties, grow incredibly well for me here in my zone 4b garden. They provide tons of dried flowers for fall and winter decorating with next to zero effort required on my part.
I filled the galvanized boiler that hangs beneath the window on the carriage house with the Vanilla Strawberry variety.
These dry to a darker, reddish-pink which works perfectly with the barn red of the carriage house.
The Limelight hydrangeas start turning pinkish in the fall as well, but mostly only on the side of the flower that faces the sun. The undersides stay a pretty pale green.
So you can turn whichever side you prefer to face front in your arrangements.
I filled the planters on either side of my door with them.
By the way, as you can see, the pair of rusty planters that I painted using Dixie Belle’s patina products are holding up beautifully.
I used Limelights in the galvanized wash tub in front of the carriage house too, but I also included a few hosta leaves for added interest.
The sign that is hanging above the wash tub is an old table leaf that I painted up with Dixie Belle paint and then stenciled. I coated it with some of their Gator Hide and then hung it outside as an experiment to see how it would hold up. I like to do little experiments like these so that when I sell similar pieces I can let people know how durable they really are.
I used a combination of Vanilla Strawberry, Limelight, hosta leaves and a few last remaining salvia flowers in this galvanized container that hangs on the photo cottage door.
I applied the Prima Marketing transfer from their Everyday Farmhouse collection to the container a while back and it too has held up beautifully outdoors.
The transfers adhere really well to glass and smooth metal and I’ve found that they can absolutely be used outdoors on these surfaces.
Somehow I always get a lot more satisfaction out of decorating without spending much money, how about you?
These days it sometimes feels like the main goal of social media posts is to get you to buy something. Instead, I hope that I’ve given you some ideas for fall decorating that you can do without spending any money at all.
Do you do any fall decorating on the cheap? If so, I’d love to see some of your ideas in the comments!