Hi and welcome back to my 31 Days of Decorating on a Shoestring Budget series.   Don't worry, if you missed a date (or the whole thing) you can catch up on my series here:

Day 10:  Nature- free decor is in your own backyard!

There are so many beautiful and free decorations in nature.  Unfortunately, we often overlook these things we see everyday outside, we see them as leaves or sticks or even weeds sometimes.  But some of those things make beautiful decorations in our home.  

The best thing is, they're free!!

fall decor

Pine cones are great in decor and despite their popularity during Fall and Christmas can really be used any time of the year.  Maybe you are lucky enough to have some in your backyard (or your neighbors?)  You might be able to find some in a park, just make sure you only take the ones off the ground and don't pull them off the trees.  Of course you can buy them too but hopefully you or someone you know has some lying around in their yard. 

pressed leaf art
With a pretty dried leaf, some scrapbook paper, a frame and Mod Podge you can easily create some pretty art very inexpensively.

decorative sticks
Branches in a vase make a big statement for little to no money.  Use on a table or on the floor.  Find branches the same way you find pine cones.  Just don't break them off of trees in a park, you can be fined (which would defeat the purpose of free decor, not good.)

Most ornamental grasses need to be cut down before winter, stick them in a vase for a very Fall-ish centerpiece.

Calamagrostis 'Karl Foerster'

There are tons of other natural items that will look great in your home, especially this time of year. Decor is all around you, you just have to look at things differently.  (And don't get arrested for trespassing or damaging nature.) :)


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