Welcome to my Fall Home Tour and How to Make Bat Branches for Halloween and Fall Decor
If you arrived from My Fabuless Life– Hi – I hope you are enjoying Day 3 of the Blogger Stylin’ Home Tour. Today I am sharing Part 2 of my Fall Home Tour posts. If you missed Part 1 – you can see it in this home tour post.
Remember the branches I placed in a yard sale urn in Part 1 of my home tour last week? I had some fun with them. I saw this bat idea in a magazine I browsed through while waiting in line at the grocery store last week.
How to Make Bat Branches to Decorate Your Home for Halloween
- Cut branches from trees or shrubs in your yard with a pair of garden shears or lopers. I used Burning bush. (Euonymus alatusin)
- Fill a vase with foam and wedge end of branches into foam. Spread the branches evenly in the vase.
- Cover the foam with acorns, fall leaves, or shredded straw.
- Tie a piece of black ribbon (about 6″)into a double knot to branches evenly around the branches.
- Make two dots with white puffy paint for eyes.
A fun and easy Halloween decorating idea for kids of all ages.
Aren’t they cute?
When my daughters were growing up, I used to decorate the house for every holiday when they were at school. My mom did the same thing when I was growing up. I loved to see their reaction when they came home to find the house seasonally ready. They no longer live at home, but it made me happy to create something fun for my Halloween decor.
More Fall Decorating Ideas
I don’t do a lot of decorating for Fall, but I do like to bring in touches of nature and Fall colors to warm the house up when the days get shorter and the air becomes chilly.
I bought the hanging basket on my front door at JoAnn Fabrics two years ago. I simply stuff it with Dollar Store leaves. I use fishing line over the door knocker to hang it.
In the family room birch logs help warm the space up. Even though we have a gas fireplace – the logs add a layer of texture and warmth to the room.
I bought the larger ones at Crate and Barrel and the thinner ones at Michaels. The basket is from HomeGoods.
Since the flat screen TV overtakes the wall above the fireplace, I only use simple objects on the mantel. Anything too complex just ends up looking cluttered. I found these pumpkin tree branches at Trader Joes. They are super cute, but don’t last very long.
I love candle light all year long, but in the Fall the glow helps warm up the atomosphere. My favorite candle is made by Seda in the fragrance Japanese Quince.
This brass turtle is a family treasure. It was given to my mom and dad as a wedding present. It is one of the objects that made it past every decor change and purge my mother did for the past 60 years. When my dad passed away in December, my siblings and I who loved and played with this turtle when we were kids had to decide who was going to get it. I was the lucky recipient and told my sibs that I would display it with honor.
It has a purpose besides just being special – it holds the matches I need to light my candles every night.
I don’t buy objects to decorate my house for Fall, but do like to display the few things I collect. I showed you the watch and clock faces last week. I also like ceramic and glass doorknobs. My fave is the faceted purple glass one.
In the kitchen, I add fall colors in the way of flowers and textiles. The rug is actually a bath mat, but I thought it was perfect for my kitchen. I bought it at Walmart. The dishtowel is from Crate and Barrel.
The kitchen already has lots of orange and color pops, so I didn’t need to do much to get it Fall ready. The hardware bin on the table is from Painted Fox Treasures. I wrote about it in this post. The napkins are from the Jonathan Adler collection at JC Penney.
Many ask me how the spray paint has held up on the chairs. As you can see – it has held up perfectly – even the yellow chair which needed more coats than any of the other colors I sprayed the chairs, still looks shiny and new. You can learn how I painted the chairs in this post.
I added a bit of no cost Fall decor to the hutch in my dining room by simply cutting a few branches from a burning bush in my yard and placing it in one of the white pitchers displayed in the painted hutch.
Lastly – I didn’t forget. So many of you have asked for the .pdf of the paper ribbon banner place cards I posted about in Part 1 of the Home Tour last week. I will post the full tutorial next week.
Happy Fall, I hope you are enjoying the cooler temps as much as I am. It’s really getting nice now and I find myself wanting to be outside and go on more daily walks. Ed and I also have a few fun weekends planned to enjoy the season. Are you doing anything special for Fall?
Don’t miss the next stop on the tour: Iron & Twine
There is and has been lots of inspiration all week long, so don’t miss a stop. If you want to catch the entire tour, click back to Lindsay, our hostess. Enjoy the inspiration!