5 DIY frugal Fall projects for your garden  


I actually finished those thrifts store items I bought a couple weeks ago to decorate around my garden. I can’t even begin to describe the happiness we all feel here in Phoenix once we realize we made it to October. Actually this summer wasn’t that bad now that I think about it. Which can only mean one thing…a hard Winter could be on it’s way.

We really need to get up north and get Our Little Red House Winter ready. We have a truck now and it’s 4 wheel drive so that will make things easier if we want to take a trip up when it snows. Some of those roads into town are only accessible with 4 wheel drive vehicles.

Okay, back to these projects of mine. They don’t take long at all. The felting does but I usually do that at night when I am finally taking a break and watching a show or something on YouTube. Right now I have been watching The Hollar Homestead. They are a family that packed up and left California to find a better home. They decided on North Carolina which looks beautiful from their videos and everyone seems so nice over there. Their goal is “To live a life worth living”. Sounds like a good goal to me. I love keeping up on their homesteading adventures. They have four cute little boys too, such a sweet family. https://www.youtube.comThe Hollar homestead.

First project is This little bowl I bought for $1.


I also bought a little terra cotta pumpkin to go with it. I wanted to layer the two pieces and add some clippings from my garden.


You guessed it…I used that plant that is growing all over the place right now out there. I still haven’t had a chance to head to the nursery for new plants. I always buy a few plants once October gets here.


These two items ended up costing me $2. I added some dirt and plant clippings for a cute little centerpiece for my garden table outside.



I also felted some sunflowers to add to it.


I wrapped skewers with green yarn then added the flowers and some felted leaves to it. I thought they looked pretty in the pot but will be taking the felted items in if it storms.


Around the time I was doing these projects I told my husband about how it never really rains here so these items I made for the garden should be okay. Wouldn’t you know it…some clouds came in and it started raining the next day.


Remember this? I bought it for .69 cents. I wonder how the thrift store decides to price things. Everything is either .99 cents, 1.49, $12.00 etc….but that .69 cents always throws me off. Maybe that’s the lowest ticketed price in their store.


I took my .69 cent pumpkin decoration and added some felted beads and flowers to it and hung it in my garden.



I also love finding empty planters second hand to do Fall flower displays or little mini gardens.


I try to stick with white or black since you can use it for all seasons. Just switch out the arrangements and decorate according to the season. This planter was $1.49 and the faux flowers were on sale for .80 cents.


I ironed the flowers out because they were so wrinkled I couldn’t see the colors very well. If you iron your faux flowers, remember to do so slowly and at a very low temp.


The thrift store had this adorable little resin chicken /squash combination Knick Knack but I ended up leaving it behind. I am trying to cut back on the plastic things in life.


So instead of buying that, and it was cute, I bought this squash that kind of looks like a goose. It’s poor little beak was broken.I couldn’t find any that looked like a chicken. It was fun searching around for one. This would be a fun project for the little ones. Squash is one of those items that can be turned into other things.


Later I can always feed them to the chickens when I am done with them. We are meant to eat these but they make adorable decoration too. I bought some tiny pumpkins and added some faces to them as well.



For the little ones, get a handful of rocks from your gardens and paint pumpkins and Fall decor on them, then add them to your pots throughout your gardens.



Paint some empty jars and glass bowls, then add a little tea-lite to them and they will light up your gardens at night. Depending on the width of your jars opening, you may even be able to add a solar light to your jars. This ghost jar used to be an empty salsa jar.


Happy garden decorating everyone.


For some more ideas on outside Fall decor check out Home on the corner’s post (wordpress.com/read/feeds/33952974/posts/244001216/) My favorites where the pumpkins in the Terra Cotta pots.

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23 Comments Add yours

  1. Dandelion B says:

    Ironing wrinkled flowers! Genius!
    I love the layered pots! I tried some clippings myself but inside there just isnt enough light…they died

    I also tried felting haha my cats look like gummie bears my son said.

    May share them here but i did upload a pic to Instagram

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    1. That is so funny. I want to see your gummy bear cats, I bet they are still cute. I don’t know why but those cats are so hard, remember my fat cat. In the end I stuck with it and it looks cute enough for me, it’s a keeper. Oh yeah, those flowers are a little too wrinkled when I come across the ones on sale. I thought I iron them, then they came out HUGE, they look a little weird but it still looks pretty in the garden.


  2. Adorable decorations! I love them all, but especially the painted jars.

    I had to laugh at ironing flowers too, but it’s brilliant!

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    1. That’s a bonus then, every time you can get anyone to laugh it’s all good. Thank you Robin. Let me know if you come across any good Christmas movies too. I need to get the Hallmark channel.

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  3. Your post always make me smile dear friend 🙂 🙂 I was thinking about you as we will be taking some time off tomorrow from this, what seems to be never ending home fixing we have going on, and visiting some second hand/thrift stores. I need a break from all that has become my life. And what better way that to visit some beautiful treasures 🙂

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    1. Always so kind Margaret. When ever I see you have stopped by for a visit I always smile too. Have fun shopping and try not to stress too much about home repairs and take it from me I know how awful broken things are to deal with, so I know what you are going through. I will keep you all in my prayers over there. Have a fun, and stress free weekend.

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  4. Very creative, looking lovely.

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  5. Michelle says:

    All of these are so cute! The bowl and pumpkin you found at the thrift store was the perfect find and I really love what you did with them!!

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    1. Thank you Michelle, I was worried my comments weren’t getting through to some sites, so happy to see your visit. Some of the sites I followed I have noticed they are unfollowed , then they are followed. I have heard other bloggers noticing this as well. Not sure what is up but eventually it does work itself out.

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  6. You are too good with DIY projects. You garden is ready to welcome Halloween!!

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    1. Thank you. You will love eating them.

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  7. Score!!!! You should open a store I would buy those!

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    1. Your so sweet Diane. We should both open a store, you can cook your yummy treats to sell and I can make my DIY’s all day then sell them. How fun would that be.

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      1. I’d love it! I use to sell crafts too!

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  8. Holly G. says:

    This is brilliant! I absolutely adore what you’ve done with these thrift store finds. These are store-ready items. My bet is a whole lot of folks would buy them 🙂

    And the YouTube series you’ve been watching sounds really nice. “To live a life worth living.” Amen! That’s what it’s all about isn’t it? When we are struggling to get through each day – there’s a reason we need to examine.

    Lots of love to you. So glad to have found your blog 🙂

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    1. Thank you Holly, again what a sweet heart you are. I usually just give my up-cycled projects away to friends and family. It would be fun to have a little shop though, for now it’s a nice little daydream. Taking those used items and re-purposing them makes everyone happy especially our planet. We have so much stuff, might as well pass it around and share it a bit.

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      1. Holly G. says:

        Amen and amen! I wholeheartedly second your thoughts! Indeed, we are so richly blessed. Helping someone else who is less fortunate is the most fulfilling experience. I love your heart!

        As for starting a shop… I adore that idea! Believe you me, there are many folks (including myself) who would gladly support your work. Since you already have a blog website, you could start your shop for free using WooCommerce. If you really would like to do it, let me know and I’d be glad to help in any way I could. You’ve got a gift for giving items new life in a beautiful way.

        God bless you and those you love. I pray the rest of your week is wonderful!

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      2. Wow, thanks Holly, I am working on a little craft book now. I was hoping to have something out for Christmas. It is looking more and more like next Christmas. Oh what fun I am having though…it’s nice to dream. I have a lot of my plate at the moment. I want to share the things I make by teaching others. You know what they say “When you teach a man to fish, they will eat for ever.” and that is what I would like to do in my own way that is. Just teaching others how to fish, for now I will try to do that through a blog. Lots of fun DIY’s out there for everyone to enjoy. God bless you and your family as well.

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      3. Holly G. says:

        I love this idea. You are very gifted and a brilliant teacher. I’m grateful you are finding fulfillment in doing what you were born to do 🙂

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