DIY // FAB AND FRUGAL FALL DECOR

{also featured on kcmag.com}

Fall is almost here…it’s is my favorite time of the year!
Lately I have been eager to start slowly turning my home decor over for Fall and figured that my table decor was my first to-do. My preference is to decorate for each season with items that I already have on hand (a.k.a. scrounge up from the depths of our house). I am happy to report that this project cost me less than $10 total because I had 95% of the items on hand (it also took me less than 30 minutes from start to finish). If you had to go and purchase the items, this project would probably still only run you about $20. <woot!>
I spent my $10 on a large fall flower bouquet from my local grocery store (on clearance), but for a more unique floral selection I recommend checking out FiddlyFig or Studio Dan Meiners if you are in the KC area.
What you will need:
+ Wood (the more aged the better, but any wood will do).
I used (2) 4′ tall fence pickets (stacked), which fit our table perfectly. You can try a 2×4 or 4×4 and just cut down to about 75% of the length of the table. The possibilities are endless.
+ Wood stain in your desired shade – or you may opt for a natural wood look
+ 4 small candle glass votives
Preferably orange or golden tinted to achieve that Fall warmth
+ 3 medium sized candle votives (to hold the flowers)

You can also used tin cans if you want to save even more money.

+ 4 tea light candles
+ Burlap material
(1-3 yards if using for both the votives and table runner)
+ Scissors
+ Hot glue gun or roller glue
+ 3-4 Bamboo placemats, extra burlap material or simple Fall colored fabric
+ Fall colored napkins and placemats if you wish.
We got ours as wedding gifts. Thanks Aunt Lora and Aunt Paige!
1. Gather your materials. Cut your burlap to the desired size to fit your medium sized glass votives.
2. Hot glue gun or roller glue the burlap to the medium sized votives pulling tightly as you work your way around the candle holder.(I roller glued b/c I have temporarily misplaced my hot glue gun…I recommend hot glue over roller glue, FYI).
3. Stain your wood following the directions on the stain packaging. You may want to keep the wood natural looking. I chose to sand my wood down a bit after stain gin to age it a bit.
4. Set up your runner or remaining burlap fabric down the length of the tableland place your wood on top. Then stagger the smaller votive candleholders and flowers down the length of the wood alternating them.
5. To take the burlap look even further you can cut small strips of the excess material and tie your napkins together instead of using a napkin ring.
There you have it…a simple yet beautiful Fall table. Enjoy!

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