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Decorating homes for holidays other than the traditional winter wonderland-themes is becoming more popular than ever. Not only is this true, but did you know that one of the holidays that is getting a larger-than-ever dose of decorative fun is Halloween!
There are many homes in the Springfield and Burke areas that are going above and beyond to celebrate additional holidays, like Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, and July 4th. Some Halloween decorations have included epic graveyards, larger-than-life skeletons, inflatable pumpkins, and other less spooky scenes for the younger spectators, for example.
But while more and more homes are showcasing extra-seasonal scenes, it has also been harder than ever to achieve them this year. Americans went all out decorating their homes during the pandemic, and all signs point to a continued interest in embellishing yards to the max — but adorning our abodes is actually predicted to be more challenging than ever this year.
Supply chain issues and shortages caused yard decorations for Halloween, like a popular massive skeleton, for example, to be largely sold out at popular stores like Home Depot since August! As we move into Fall and continue into the holiday season, experts are anticipating that shortages are only going to continue, with decorations of all types — but particularly large inflatable yard accessories — harder to come by than usual this year.
Because decorating this year has been extra challenging and it is harder for people to find decorations, we had to look into more creative ways to get our homes adorned for Autumn — no matter whether it’s haunted or harvest decorations that strike your fancy.
Here are seven suggestions:
The front door is one of the first things people decorate on their homes, so make sure to find — or make — a seasonally appropriate wreath to create a warm (or wacky) welcome. You can even repurpose an old wreath with new adornments that you can find right in your home to take your door from spooky to the spirit of the season.
Porch railings look even more perfect with a garland. Step it up around your stairs without spending a cent by using some yarn and a yard full of fallen leaves. Just string the leaves and use them to accent a railing on your front steps. Garlands like these are also a festive and fun way to replace your summer hanging plants.
Use mason jars or old glass jars from grocery items to brighten up your windows or walkways. Just use a stencil, glue some leaves, or even paint the inside of the jar. If you like the glow of a candle inside of a carved pumpkin, you may want to use battery-operated tea lights inside the jars to provide a warm glow. Don’t want to use a candle? Fill your jars with pebbles or candies for extra texture and color. Mason jars can also be decorated and filled with flowers or tall grasses to showcase as interesting small vases.
Repurpose your pumpkins to use as baskets or table centerpieces. Fill your hollowed-out pumpkins with artificial flowers or dried leaves, or line them with plastic and use them to hold all sorts of things — including candy for trick or treaters.
We love reusing some things that might otherwise get thrown away, so here’s a favorite use for our wine corks! You can upcycle wine corks into a variety of decorations, from pumpkins to candy corn, or even a monster if you’re really creative. Just glue the corks together in shape using a hot glue gun, then paint the ends of the corks and add a few accoutrements — like felt leaves and a twine bow to make your cork pumpkin perfect.
Another suggestion that takes its queue from the kitchen are cinnamon stick candles. These look great and smell even better! All you need to do is to tie cinnamon sticks of varying heights onto your candles using twine. They fill the home with the delicious scent of cinnamon while giving off the ultimate Fall flair — but be careful with these and don’t let them burn unattended.
Who doesn’t love baskets?! Find three sizes of baskets and use a filler — like floral foam — on the inside. Stand the baskets on top of each other from largest to smallest. Then fill each with classic autumn touches like acorns, pine cones, clove-studded oranges, fir tips, and other greenery. This decoration is like a cornucopia of the season and also would make a pretty accent to your Thanksgiving table!
Maybe we can’t all be the most seasonal house on the block, but we can have the most fun decorating because home is where our hearts are, now perhaps more than ever. And don’t forget, if you’re still looking for a home to decorate, LIST WITH ELIZABETH® would love to help you find your perfect place.