And all at once summer collapsed into Fall.
I can’t believe Fall is finally here. Here in Arizona we all look forward to the cooler temps of Fall, although we are still warm here in the city, up north the temps are getting cooler. I love that.
I decided before heading up to visit Our Little Red House that I would take some supplies with me to make some Fall décor. One of those items was going to be a pretty swag for the door.
Up in the middle of the country there are no hobby stores or craft areas to buy supplies from. The closest thing to craft supplies is over an hour away, at one of the Super centers, driving up a dirt road up on a cliff for awhile before you get to smoother paved roads. . You all know how I feel about those super center stores. I still buy from them occasionally for the convenience and the fact that there are not a whole lot of choices to get our supplies from sadly. We have to figure out how to get around this, and hopefully we all can eventually.
I found all my supplies in the city before heading up to the country. They included some faux flowers that I picked up at the thrift shop for $3, twine, burlap, tacky glue and a hot glue gun. Faux sunflowers and Fall leaves, and some raffia I got in a $1 grab bag at the thrift shop. There were some little pumpkins I picked up at the dollar store, but the majority of my supplies were bought second hand or were items I already had in my home. I will have to figure out a better way to do some of these crafts without relying too much on those mass produced items in mega stores.
I wrapped the twine around the bouquet of faux flowers, then glued some rust colored raffia to top of bouquet to add some fullness. Made a burlap bow and glued it to the center. Took faux sunflowers, Fall leaves and started gluing those around center of bow. Added a twine loop to the back to hang from and there you go…a sunflower swag.
I am not set up to do videos yet, but hopefully I will be able to something in the future. This will make my quick instructions easier to follow. I barely have time to do fun DIY’s like this anymore because I have been so busy prepping, cleaning, repairing, packing up some items, and organizing for a future move hopefully. Just trying to keep things simple when we finally do decide to set things in motion for a move out of this city. We definitely have to get out of this city.
This trip up north was a much needed break for all of us. I finally got some time to just do those things I love doing. Creating all kinds of fun little projects. I have some more to share with you all in some later posts.
Have any of you started decorating for the Fall yet?
I spent about…at the most $10 or less for this swag. At the florist shops and craft centers, completed swags like this run anywhere from $50 and up. If I had to rely on items that aren’t mass produced I would have probably made my swag from flowers out in nature, and ribbons from a mom and pop store. Or maybe make paper flowers or fabric flowers with scrap fabrics I have on hand. Happy Frugal Fall decorating everyone.