Well, here it is, mid-October, and it appears that Texas finally got the memo. Fall is here. I’m not sure how everyone else can decorate for fall in September, when we’re still swimming, so I always wait.
Finally, this weekend I was able to pull out my fall decor. I don’t keep much, because it’s such a short season for us, and I like to keep things simple, anyway. Plus, I don’t really decorate for any specific holidays, but more for the season itself.
Mostly, my fall decor includes some gourds, pumpkins, pin cones, berries, and leaves. Nothing too intense. It all blends in with my normal decor really well, but adds a new feel at the same time.
Recently, I stumbled upon a picture of a fall garland using pinecones, and decided I needed that as part of my fall decorations. I decided a little DIY was in order.
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This was a really affordable DIY for me. I mean, all I actually purchased was a roll of jute twine, because I had everything else on hand. But, if you don’t happen to hoard supplies and decorations, here’s what you need:
- 1 roll of natura jute twine
- 1 large branch
- pinecones in assorted sizes (if you really want to be all natural, get them from your yard. Mine are store bought and dipped in gold paint.)
- 1 bunch of cinnamon sticks
- essential oils (optional)
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This might have been the simplest project I’ve ever completed, but I love the way it turned out. For me, the longest part of the entire process was that I kept getting up to go see how it looked on the wall.
I have really big, long, blank walls, and had a specific place in mind for this piece. I wanted to make sure it looked good, so I kept going back and measuring! It was totally worth it, though!
So, to make the actual garland, I just started tying the pinecones and cinnamon sticks onto the jute twine. Once I was happy with it, I tied them each to the large branch and trimmed the ends.
To keep the natural, imperfect look going, I chose to stagger my twine, making some longer and some shorter. I felt like having the ends too perfect on a piece full of natural elements would look forced, but we’ll see how I handle the unevenness as time passes. If it drives me crazy, I may have to straighten them some.
Finally, just because I’m an oil addict and I like to have things smell good, I added a few drops of cinnamon bark essential oil to some of the pinecones.
Oh my. A few drops really is all you need. My room is so fragrant, now, and I didn’t even need to burn any candles! And since I only needed a couple of drops of oil, it’ll be really easy to change up the scent every few days.
So, there you have it! An easy, quick DIY fall garland you can make for your own house. I really love that this is so simple and multi-seasonal. I think I’ll probaby leave it up all winter, too! What do you think?
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