Bring it on Home
Decorating on a Shoestring
Guide to Cheap Decorating
it (if you
can't make it!)
Our Garden Gang show you how to decorate your yard as well as
with garden and household cast-aways! We've pulled
together some cheap and free outdoor and indoor decorating ideas
for fall and winter.
Don't forget nature's decoration -
Clean out and refill your feeders, and put a heated birdbath out
to attract them all year round. Talk about cheap - no one does
it cheaper than OGG! Post your on-the-cheap ideas, too, at
board. Now, let's get right into it!
toss out those lone mittens, socks or old tams and knitted caps.
Use the ones with orange, yellow and brown colors for fall
decorations. Do the same with red, white, green and blue ones for
Christmas and winter.
Here's how. Once they've been washed and dried, trace around the
clothing items on some corrugated box paper or stiff cardboard.
Cut out the shape, and put it into the hat, mitt or sock so it will hold
String them together with color-coordinated yarn or ribbon, alternating
with bells, bows, waxed leaves, berries, or whatever you have.
Hang on your door, in a window or any spot that needs cheering up.
overlook outgrown footwear! Those brightly colored boots that
little Susie or Johnny has outgrown are perfect for stuffing with fall
and winter boughs and placing on your porch or by your entrance
door. Weight them with bricks or stones, fill with soil and water
and add fresh cut boughs. It's important to get freshly cut boughs
into the soil BEFORE it freezes - they will NOT go into frozen
soil. Add a festive bow at Christmas time, and away you go!
If you have dried plant material, fill the boots with sand and push the
stems in deeply enough to hold them upright. For short stems, wire
them to some stakes that will go deep enough into the sand to hold them
you have a dilapidated birdhouse, children's wooden toy blocks, or other
items that have ornamental potential? Get out the spray paint and
spray them with metallic glitter colors or whatever strikes your fancy
and goes with the spot you have in mind for them.
String them together with ribbon or yarn using a staple gun or small
self-tapping cup hooks. For larger items, leave them on their own,
adding a cheerful bow or sprig of plant material.
Imagine how cheerful this old gourd birdhouse would look spray painted a
metallic gold and topped with a bow and some cuttings from your
evergreens, and hung from a branch or hook near your entrance?
You grew chilli or cayenne peppers this year, and now those
hot-as-a-firecracker babies are coming out your ears? No
problem! Once they've dried, string them together and use as a
garland. If the stems are long enough, you can tie them together.
Otherwise, use a large sewing needle to make a hole and pull the yarn or
string through the tops of the peppers or the base of the stem.
The same trick can be used on crab apples and the colored pods from
hyacinth beans or other annuals.
will soon be time to cut back your roses and evergreens before applying
winter protection. These items, together with decorative grasses,
berry-laden branches of shrubs, and even that wild grapevine that takes
over the back corner of the yard, make great decorations. Don't
throw the cuttings away!
creative and make swags, wreaths and balls from the bits and
pieces. Use florist wire to bind a group of twigs or branches
together, and add pinecones, waxed leaves, bells and bows - or some of
those spray painted wooden toys mentioned above! Your creation can
be horizontal, vertical, round, or any shape you can devise - use an old
coat hanger for the frame of a door wreath!
an anti-desiccant preservative to evergreen boughs and cuttings from
berry and fruit-bearing shrubs like Bittersweet, hollies, Euonymus, and
rosehips. A little shot with a glue gun or dab of Elmer's paste
will handle any bits that make a break for it. Grape vine cuttings
just need to be at least partially dried - so they are firm but still
To wax leaves and the small twigs they are attached to, use the old
grade-school technique of sandwiching the leaves between two layers of
waxed paper. Protect the iron and ironing board from the waxed
paper with sheets of newspaper on both sides, and iron them with a hot
iron. The wax will transfer to the leaves. Remember
to remove the waxed paper while it is still warm, and lay the leaves
flat to cool.
And don't just decorate your door - decorate your fences and arbors with
home-made wreaths and garlands you can purchase inexpensively at garden
centers. Even that Douglas Fir or rhododendron you have put under
a protective tepee has decorating potential! Put a big red
velveteen bow on top and spiral wrap a green garland around the sides of
the protective covering.
there you have it - there's practically no such thing as garbage
with OGG's decorating tips ;-)