Well, it’s official… summer is over and fall is upon us! I have always loved to decorate for fall, but I honestly don’t like my home being full of orange for two straight months. This year, it was time for a change, so I transferred over to all neutral fall colors.
I really like to decorate with natural elements when possible. While silver dollar eucalyptus is all the rage this fall and would have made a beautiful garland, I opted to use clippings off of my juniper tree to create my garland for free!
I never really liked this tree until I realized that the branches are actually quite lovely to decorate with. As you can see, my tree is massive, so a few branches missing was no big deal.
I started by cutting a piece of string the length I wanted my garland. Don’t forget to add in extra where it will “swag”. I then laid it on my kitchen floor just how I wanted it to be hung and placed my juniper branches accordingly.
I used floral wire to secure the branches to the string. This was pretty easy, but beware, the juniper branches can be pokey! Next time, I will be wearing gloves.
I have a metal TV cabinet, so I simply hung my garland with packing tape. Another option would be to use command hooks, then you can easily remove them when you’re ready to take your decorations down.
Someday, I’ll have a beautiful mantle to decorate, but for now my TV cabinet will have to do.
I clipped what was left over from my lilac blossoms and spray painted them copper. They’re a nice little sprig of color.
I also spray painted the candlesticks copper. I picked up all four at my local thrift store for $2.00. There’s just something about lit candles that usher in the fall.
I will be doing a tutorial soon on how to make fake pumpkins look real. If you couldn’t tell, all of my pumpkins are fake, orange beauties from Wal-Mart.
I really like the look of the white and green pumpkins with the copper candlesticks.
If you find your garland is uneven in spots, just cut on it until it looks right. I ended up cutting quite a bit off of mine to thin it out.
I hope I’ve inspired you to get creative with your fall decor this year. Just remember, it’s your home and you should love the way it looks!