I love pumpkins and have used them for years now along with gourds, pine cones even dried leaves it is always pretty. Never did I think to hollow out the little pumpkins to put votive candles, tooth picks, name cards anything you can think of. If you use the pumpkin for baking, it can be dried out and serve food in it: function, beauty, and no clean up.
I thought of artichokes. If you clean them and separate (pull leaves back enough), they hold the little votive candles. They look so cute while you enjoy eating the artichoke hearts in the dish as usual. Dividing the avocado? Same thing, why not put the dip inside the shell instead of a separate dish?
Peppers are so colorful, they would brighten any table. Either buy extra or use part of the food itself to make a holiday or special dinner very original. Most of it is just not throwing away inedible before using it to enhance the table.
Candlelight makes everything look special. Votives cost cents if you look around (especially before, or right after Halloween). How special any table can look with a little thought before throwing out the trash?
By Luana M. from San Diego, CA
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The various seasonal holidays have always been fun to celebrate with lots of decorations throughout the house. But I now find my storage space is more limited and I often am rushed to get all the decorations up in time for the holiday.
The Christmas season seems to stretch many people's budget even tighter than it is already stretched. One way that I have reduced holiday expenses and the cost of future holiday decorating is by learning to be more crafty, more frugal, and more creative with decorating.
Red and green items are usually drastically reduced after Christmas and New Years - candles, paper goods, dishes, etc. Think ahead to two other upcoming days that you will use those colors, namely red for Valentine's Day, and green for St. Patrick's Day.
I like to display one of the larger decorative banners on the flagpole on my porch for all the seasons, holidays and occasions. They're nylon, nearly indestructible, and can be washed in the washer when they get dusty.
I love things that have more than one purpose. This table runner was 10 cents at a yard sale this summer. One side was fall leaves, the other was holiday snowmen.
Fresh vegetables from your garden can make a beautiful table decoration. I change the centerpiece on my table according to what vegetables are in at the moment.
This Valentine hint, which will also work for Easter, is something I figured out when Christmas decorating. When we went to hang our collection of seven Santa ornaments, I didn't want to put all those holes in my new walls...
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Does anyone know where I might find a set or several garden/decorative flags with holiday or seasonal themes at a thrifty price? I have several small flags (about 12in x 18in) for the mini flag poles, but would like to mount a flagpole on my porch for the larger house/decorative flags (about 2' x 3').
The best time to buy is AFTER the occasion...usually marked down 50% to 75% or more and then you have them for next year.
Or you could make them -- if they're small you could download clipart, print out an iron on template onto special iron-on paper, iron it on to a small piece of canvas, and you'll be set.
you may want to check with your local freecycle . just go there and register now you have to give something up first as a good faith type thing but than you can post and ask if anyone wants to get rid of theirs
Too late for this spring and summer, but in early Autumn you can probably find them on clearance in the craft stores and garden centers. That's when I usually get mine if my currently hanging flag has started to shred apart.
Have you tried Dollar Tree? Everything is $1. You might not find a lot of them you want to buy, but I'm betting you might find one or two there. Its worth your time to look.
There are a number of ways you can hang your seasonal wreath. Depending on where it is to be hung different hangers can be used. Ribbon is a good choice it can be hooked on a nail, door hanger, or over a Command Hook. Command Hooks are also a good choice if your door has a glass window.
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Do you want to know the way to keep your outdoor flags from fading as fast? Spray both sides of the flag with a fabric protector (like Scotchguard).