Welcome to Part 3 of my Fall Harvest Décor on a Budget series! In continuing my harvest decorating extravaganza, I decided to spoof up the entry way that leads up to our front door.
After several searches on Pinterest (yes I’m addicted to Pinning!) I knew that there were several elements I wanted to include in my front entry way. They were: a garden flag, plants and flowers, a wreath and pumpkins! But all on a budget of course. J
Needless to say, I was super excited when I found a garden flag pole at Dollar General for only $3! I wasn’t really feeling the flags in the stores, so back to Pinterest I went for more inspiration. I found a great post for a monogrammed garden flag at blissfullyeverafter.net that uses burlap. You can purchase burlap at any of the fabric or craft stores but my Wal-Mart had it for just $2.97 a yard!
I knew I might want to monogram one of my pumpkins, so a monogrammed flag was out – then I remembered a packet of faux leaves I had purchased at the dollar store and started playing…
After some trial and error I decided to keep it simple and add some southern charm – since I do live in the south! J I used some Fabric Mod Podge to adhere the leaves and black acrylic craft paint for the lettering; both which I already had.
Try using chalk to test out your lettering first – if you don’t like it you can easily rub it off and it the paint goes over it fine.
The flag took less than a half hour to make and I love the way it turned out. Total cost was around $5 including the cost of the flag pole!
Now onto plants and flowers…while at Wal-mart I also found these yellow mums on clearance for just $2.99 ea and the smaller red mums were just $1.98 ea. I knew these would be perfect for our metal flower baskets.
I lined the baskets first with the burlap and then some coconut liners I previously purchased over the summer. To save time and money on planting, I left the flowers in their pots since the garden specialist told me they probably wouldn’t last through winter. I added some small pumpkins and gourds which I purchased at Michael’s at half off.
A Petra plant, which I purchased at Lowe’s for $5 was added to a flower pot I already had. I placed the flag in the pot so I could keep the flag out of the rain – we get a lot late afternoon showers here. I accented the pot with two pumpkins I also purchased at Michael’s at half off.
I have to say it feels very welcoming now and I get a big smile on my face every time I pull up to my house.
So here's the cost breakdown: Garden Flag $5, Plants $15, Pumpkins and Gourds $22, Burlap $3 - that's less than $50!