Make Some Cozy Shit

the lazy girl's guide to seasonal decor

photos by: SAS interiors, the pinkbook, and Rikki Snyder

Lately I’ve been feeling this need to make my house better. I think part of this is because I’ve been slackin’ all summer, and everything would benefit from a good cleaning out, but I think part of it is because I am just like every other girl with a blog and I’m all OMG DIY FALL CRAFTS! Here’s where it gets a little problematic – I don’t like to do a lot of seasonal decor, because

a) if I really committed I’d have to switch stuff around about every month,

b) I don’t have the room to store a bunch of stuff I can only set out for one month out of the year and

c) I don’t want a bunch of clutter sitting around. I definitely don’t want to spend a lot of time or money on a bunch of clutter that will just get used for a couple weeks.

Regardless, I still have the itch to seasonally decorate. I’m complicated! Usually I’d just buy a couple of pumpkins and call it a day, but I thought maybe there were other people out there with my problem. Everyone else won’t shut up about pumpkin spice lattes and scarves, and you want in on the action. So I present the lazy girl’s guide to seasonal decorating. Everything on this list is inexpensive, easy, made of natural materials so it’s disposable and can work for the entire fall season.

Add candles, to stave off depression because you spend all your daylight hours at work.

1. Branch Centerpiece.  Find a branch. Make a centerpiece. I think this looks really cool, and is completely free, so win/win! If you’re too impatient to keep your eyes peeled for a branch, you can find them on Etsy sometimes – or I think it would look good with driftwood too.

2. Branch votive holders  More stuff made out of branches! Um.. for both of these I would recommend using glass votive holders inside the branches – otherwise you will probably light your house on fire.

3. Pumpkin votive holders.   I question how long these pumpkins would stay not-rotten, but last year I had some pumpkins out from September to mid-December (because I’m lazy) and they actually didn’t rot, so maybe I’d be wrong.

4.  Twig Centerpiece. This is probably the least likely to catch fire, and the easiest to make, because twigs are everywhere. Everywhere.

5. Tin Can Candle Holders. These look cool – but like they could also be a little crappy looking if you don’t do it perfectly? I think it’d be cool to do a more abstract pattern, especially if you did it on a smooth, empty paint can, and left it silver. I actually have an empty paint can. I’ll report back.

 Make a wreath to really show off your seasonal spirit/make your neighbors feel bad

1. Raffia Wreath I really like this. It’s simple, it has a big, graphic look, and since my front door is exposed to the elements it won’t be super sad if it falls apart because of wind and rain.

2. DIY Eucalyptus Wreath This is incredibly gorgeous, and probably a bit beyond my skill set at the moment, if my previous wreaths are any indication. I’m saving this for a couple years, when I’ve leveled up my wreath game, and made friends with my neighbors who have a eucalyptus tree.

3. Homemade Magnolia Wreath. This is a better executed version of my magnolia wreath. I dig it.

4. Felt Flowers Wreath. This wreath would be cool on a front door protected from the elements, in a home that has more storage space than mine. Please someone make this and let me know how it turns out.

5. Acorn Wreath. Here is a serious question. This looks really cool – wouldn’t squirrels try to eat it? I mean, that’s kind of my main beef with any kind of edible wreath – what if I opened my front door and there was some critter attached to it? I am imagining this.

A few miscellaneous crafty ideas

1. Fill a basket with cozy blankets. This isn’t really a revolutionary idea, but I just realized that as far as little luxuries go, a basket filled with soft blankets near the couch is right up there, and not really out of my reach. I could link to some real fancy internet blankets, but let’s be real – it’s way better to get them from HomeGoods for cheapies.

2. Etch some glass bottles. This would be a cool way to make inexpensive decanters. For bonus points, make seasonally themed decanters that say things like ‘witches brew’ or ‘pilgrim juice’.

3. Make a leaf garland! Apparently you can press real leaves between wax paper to preserve them – that would look way cooler.

4. Make a pinecone garland! Free if you live near a pine tree.

5. Leaf bowl.  I think this looks so cool. There is some feedback in the comments that the fake leaves don’t work very well – so I’m going to try the real leaves in wax paper route. I’ll let ya know.

So there you have it. Get in the fall spirit the cheap/easy way! I’m excited to try some of these out. I’ll be sure to let you know if/how they turn out – or if I end up living in some weirdo twig palace.