Fall is coming! And while I definitely prefer the warmer weather of spring and summer I do love decorating for fall with beautiful bright orange and yellows! Last week I made a welcoming fall wreath for the front door of our tiny house and by using items I already had on hand, the whole project cost me….. are you ready for this? … The whole project cost me a grand total of 68 cents! Let me show you how I did it. (If you’re reading this in an RSS feeder or email you may not be able to see all the pictures. Be sure to click through to the blog to see the step-by-step pictures!) My sister in law gave me a fall wreath she had picked up at the thrift store. I see these at the thrift store all the time for about $2. This one is kind of beat up and not very pretty. (Actually it looks better in the photograph than it does in real life!) But it has potential. The first step to sprucing this wreath up is to cut off all those orange and brown leaves. So I got my scissors out and snip… snip… snip. That left me with a naked wreath. And while it doesn’t look good yet, it’s a great starting place! Look closely at the picture above. Do you see little bits of vine wrapped around the wreath, holding it together? Those little pieces save me so much work. Instead of using glue or trying to tie greenery onto the wreath, I simply tucked the ends of the ivy under those little bits of vine. The ivy and sunflowers are held securely and I didn’t have to get out the glue gun. It was fast and no mess! Win-win! I had some spare ivy left over from another project. so I tucked the end of the ivy into the vine and started wrapping it around the wreath. Wrap, wrap, wrap, all the way around and then I tucked the other end of the ivy into the vine wreath. As you can see in the picture, the ivy didn’t cover the wreath completely, it just added a layer of green. Here is a close-up of how I secured the ivy into the wreath by simply tucking the ends in. Then I did the same with a garland of artificial sunflowers that I picked up on clearance for 68 cents. Yellow is my favorite color! At this point I had run out of greenery and flowers to add to the wreath… and I wasn’t happy with how it was looking! It needed something more. It needed a bow! I dug up a piece of scrap ribbon and then found this video tutorial on you tube to show me a quick and easy way to make a pretty bow. It also needed something that said “Welcome.” I found a cute little wooden birdhouse that my sister-in-law had brought over when we were building the tiny-house for her mother. It was just the accent that I needed so I hooked it onto the wreath. Ta-da! Now there’s a wreath that would make anyone feel welcome! It took me less than half an hour to make and it cost a grand total of 68 cents. If I had had to purchase all the materials, I could have found them at our local thrift store for about $5. Are you decorating for fall? Tell me about it in the comments!