I love decorating my front yard for the different holidays, but it can become very expensive. I have a few inexpensive holiday decoration idea that are perfect for Thanksgiving. You can do every one of these fall decorations for $25 or less; depending on what materials you have to buy.
1. Hay Bales
Hay bales are perfect for Thanksgiving. You can use them as platforms for smaller Thanksgiving accessories, place them as extra seating on your front porch and even use them as stuffing for a great fall scare crow. You can buy a bale of hay at you local hardware store for about $2.50 a bale.
2. Home Made Scare Crow.
Use an old flannel shirt, some old jeans, a white pillow case, and an old hat to make a simple and fall scare crow. Button the shirt up completely and sew it to the jeans at the waste. You can use no sew for this. Don’t worry you can use a pair of scissors to remove the stitching late if you need the clothing back. Otherwise you could buy some jeans and a flannel shirt at the local Salvation Army store or Goodwill for $1 a piece. Stuff the clothing with some hay. Stuff a head for your scarecrow using hay and the pillow case. Add a hat and draw on a face with a marker. Prop your fall scare crow up on the front steps or even have him sit on one of those bales of hay.
If you have a garden you can grow gourds for super cheap, if not you can buy plenty of inexpensive gourds at the grocery store and local farmers markets. I like to line mine up the steps in place of potted plants. They last a long time in the cool weather and do not need any watering! I can find gourds at my local grocery store for about $1.50 a piece.
Mums are an affordable and easy to care for plant that thrives in the cool fall weather. They are super popular because they are easy to care for and super cheap. I find baskets of mums all the time at Home Depot for about $2.50 a bundle. If you buy the larger baskets of mums for Thanksgiving decoration you should expect to pay about $5 a basket.
5. Old Straw Hat
Use a pushpin to stick an old straw hat on your front door. You can dress it up buy gluing on some fake fall colored flowers and tying on a ribbon. I find fake flowers at the local arts and craft store for about $1.00 a piece. The ribbon I almost always have anyway. Keep your eyes peeled for old straw hats. I find them in the most unusual places. Flea market, Good will and yard sales almost always yield a super cheap straw hat. If you can not find a straw hat simply substitute on of those cheap straw wreath forms you find at the arts and craft store. Those generally cost about $3 a piece and can be found any time of the year. I even see these at Wal Mart.
6. Old Leather Boots
Use an old pair of leather boots as planters for your mums and other fall plants. They are a great whimsical touch. Especially if you place the next to the scarecrow with out any shoes on! Your neighbors will love it! I had a few pairs of old men’s boots that family members gave me, but I always see boots at Goodwill and the Salvation Army.
7. Fall Leaf Garlands
Now, this one is completely free for everyone! Have the kids go around the neighborhood collecting bags full of fall leaves. String them together with a needle and a 9 foot long piece of thread. Load the thread up with leaves. Use push pins to hang it around the frame of your front door!