How to Create a Stunning No-Cost Autumn Tablescape is part of a Fall Tablescape Blog Hop. Be sure and visit the other blogs listed at the end of the post for more inspiration.
Visiting my favorite stores for fall decor inspiration is so much fun! This time around, I decided I’ll create a no-cost autumn tablescape by reusing things I have on hand, so I gave myself a challenge of creating an autumn tablescape without spending a dime! Did I do it? Keep reading to find out!
Are you tempted by all the new, seasonal decor? I want it all! However, once my mind catches up, I realize how impractical and expensive buying new decor will be. That’s when I ask myself one simple question: “Where will I store it all?” That one question prompts me to look and not touch.
Don’t drop your cup of coffee, but the older I get, the less stuff I want. I’ve been decluttering and I’m not about to start stocking up on seasonal stuff that’s only used a few weeks. So, let’s dive in!
Steps to Creating a No-Cost Autumn Tablescape
Pull out all your Autumn Decor
I’ve been creating tablescapes for a long time, so naturally, I have a couple of storage bins full of fall decor that I’ve used for years. Some of it needs to go but a lot of it can be repurposed. Don’t be afraid to mix fake leaves with fresh fruits or flowers.
Decide on a Color Scheme
I usually go with rich fall hues like chocolate brown, orange (my fave color), copper and pops of green. I used navy blue as an accent color last year and I loved it. Go with what you love!
Hit the Woods
For my centerpiece, I decided to hit the yard with a basket, Max the dog and a pair of pruning shears. Max is supposed to be looking out for snakes while we traipse through the woods. Instead, he tries to shepherd me and every woodland creature we come upon.
I have the biggest Rosemary bush in my side yard. At first, I was going to soak the Rosemary sprigs in water and make tiny wreaths to go on each plate and add name tags. As I was walking in the door, I spied all the pretty purple flowers blooming on my Variegated Liriope. I’m being all prim and proper here. I call it Monkey Grass. The flowers are gorgeous.
The purple flowers add a pretty color to my centerpiece and a pretty addition to the place settings.
The Rosemary sprigs are part of the centerpiece as well and they smell so good!
Helpful Hint: Pinecones are also your best friend when decorating for fall. They make good fillers and can be soaked in a water/bleach solution (two parts water/one part bleach). Fill a 5-gallon bucket with water and add the bleach. Pinecones will try to float, so you have to weigh them down with large stones or bricks. Carefully remove the pinecones after 24 hours (wear gloves and protect your clothing). Let them dry completely. They will open back up and are beautiful! I do all of this outside!
This is a bleached pinecone from last year. It still looks great!
Just when I started to spray paint a vase, I decided to use the creamer that matches Grandma Fisher’s dishes that I’m using this time around. Fall is so cozy and there’s no better way to remember grandma than using dishes that belonged to her.
The leaves are all fake. The apples are real – plucked straight from the fruit bowl on my kitchen counter.
Take a Walk Through Your Home
You’ll be amazed at what you can find for your autumn tablescape when you take a walk through every room of your home. Even if it’s not really an item you’d ordinarily use. The dessert plate I’m using for my autumn tablescape is from another set of dishes (Yes, I LOVE dishes!) and they happen to have a tiny green leaf that perfectly matches my grandma’s green dishes. Score!
Tablescapes are not hard as long as you go with what you love. For me, simple, homemade tablescapes are always in style. It helps make my guests feel welcome and I like the cozy feel.
I’m off to finish decorating my house for fall! It feels good to do it all without spending a dime! Yippee – I did it! I created a no-cost autumn tablescape!
How do you decorate for fall and/or Thanksgiving?
Be sure and visit the other blogs for more fall inspiration!
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