Everyone has their favorite holiday, and I personally know a few who simply live for Halloween. They have life-size skeletons posed sitting around the dining table, and Halloween pieces drip from every square inch and surface. Very fun and creative!
Most of us, though, have limited space and no front yard. Maybe you live in an apartment, have a limited budget or no storage space for holiday celebration items. Maybe you're simply new to decorating.
You can do a lot with a little, even last minute. We got ya covered!
Don't let lack of storage space limit you!
If you have just about zero storage space for your decor once a holiday or celebration is over, you might think you have to skip decorating altogether. Happily, that's not true at all.
The key here is think organic. Think fresh pumpkins, gourds, cornstalks, scarecrows, cornhusk dolls, Indian Corn, dried wheat wreaths, and Chrysanthemums.
If you live in an area that provides it, you can gather acorns and pretty leaves. Shake off any bugs first, but use these in flower vases or on plates and bowls as a pretty table decoration.
(When I say "organics" I don't mean you need to spend extra to buy things that have been grown under Certified Organic guidelines. I simply mean that things are temporary and "live.")
A simple Command hook (one that can handle 5 pounds) can be put on the door to hold a wreath, wheat bunch, or Indian Corn arrangement. Even if you have a metal door or rent an apartment home these Command hooks are perfect for adding a touch of fun and color.
After the holiday is over these natural fibers and things can be put in the compost bin or garbage. No storage needed!
Add Some New to Your Old School
If you want a little more pizzazz to your organics, simply love a more styled look, need something FAST, or have sworn off pumpkin carving for one reason or another, you can use simple crafts paint to spiff them up.
Painting gourds and pumpkins solid colors can be the fastest solution.
Painting them white, a variety of blues, or even gold are classic and classy ways to make centerpieces and doorstep decor.
Want something even more modern? You could do black and white paint for a dramatic solution. Use painters tape to help block off sections if you want to try a checkered pattern or get more detailed.
A quick trip to the fabric or craft store can net some very fun and simple decorations. Fabric that looks like cobwebs, or even simple black or white gauzy fabric is a fast way to add spook to your home.
Fabric can be draped over mirrors, artwork, tables, or even thumbtacked into doorways at odd angles to lend a cobwebby feel.
This can work even in an apartment where there is no lawn or floorspace to add anything big.
Fabric like this is very simple to roll up into a super small rolls or squares so you can easily store it in a place the size of a shoebox.
Eat it Up
Baking can be a great way to decorate.
A beautiful spooky cake, yummy creative cookies, apple pies, cinnamon rolls, and fun cupcakes are perfect. Any or all of these set on the counter or table bring a new level of delight to the eye and the tummy.
I can't think of a more delicious way to decorate. It also adds a fantastic smell to the air. Don't be surprised if you end up with unexpected guests wanting to help you sample the yummy.
Make it Last
Another bonus of using natural decor is it can be used for Autumn, Halloween, and Thanksgiving. Yep, there is more versatility to Chrysanthemums, corn, and gourds!
You can pull down any fabric decorations that were Halloween-specific and leave the rest up for a beautiful November.
Keep an eye on the pumpkins and gourds and make sure they're still fresh and solid (not rotting). If you need to get fresh pumpkins just paint up a new set.
There are so many simple, fast, affordable ways to bring energy and beauty into your home this year, you'll want to get in on the fun.
No matter your budget or storage space you can enjoy this time of year with all of your senses!
Tell me what your favorite way to decorate is in the comments below!