Last year I was committed to not spending a ton of money on Christmas decorations. 1) Because I'm a tightwad, and 2) because our apartment doesn't have a lot of storage space, and 3) because I was (and still am!) trying really hard to suppress the hoarder that lives inside of me. One of the decorations I came up with that was cheap and easy to store was a wreath of fresh evergreen branches. I used a few different kinds of greenery here on the property, some pinecones and a bow made from ribbon in my craft stash.
I decided this year to use the same idea for harvest time, but with fall colors and materials. It wasn't totally free because I bought $2.00 worth of fake flowers/leaves from the dollar store. I wanted some color that would last for many weeks.You can find nice fake flowers in garage sale free boxes or secondhand stores as well. In addition to the fake stuff, I used several different grasses, golden rod, curly dock, wild rose hips, and hot peppers from my garden. Foraging isn't just for food and medicine!
I posted the video tutorial I used for my Christmas wreath in that article, but the directions are pretty simple. After collecting materials, I used floral tape (you could use wire or anything green) to make little bunches.
What is your favorite way to decorate for fall? How do you keep yourself from buying too many decorations?