Soon we'll be hosting friends for a BBQ, but first, I'll give you a quick tour of our fall decor (which is just the beginning since we haven't visited the pumpkin patch yet).
To make this sunburst-style corn husk wreath, first gather the supplies: corn husks, small-medium size wreath (any material should work. I already had this one from the Target dollar section), and a glue gun.
First soak the corn husks in water until they are pliable. Drain the water and peal the layers to open the husks and let them air dry. While they are still damp, wrap individual husks around the front of the wreath, hot gluing the back and front of the husk to the wreath.
Continue around the wreath several times, making the tips of the husk shorter each time around.
It needed an embellishment so I cut three strips of burlap and hot glued a bow together.
A couple of buckets, lanterns and pot of crimson chrysanthemums finished the porch.
Using carbon paper, I traced "Welcome Friends" onto the pumpkins (real from Target) and painted the tracing gray. If you're intimidated by tiny paint brushes, you could use a sharpie marker.
On the mantel this year I only added to the "year-round" decor.
The "Harvest" bunting was recycled from the Harvest Fest photo area that I decorated last year at our church.
Besides making the corn husk wreath and picking up the Target pumpkins, I didn't buy anything new this year. In fact, the orange bins labeled "fall" in the garage are still half full. Which either means I'm in a continuous downsizing trend or I have too much stuff to begin with.
Dining room. Our "family code" found a new wall spot.