I’m usually that girl who plants mums in August and has pumpkins out for Labor Day. This year, however, I have been reluctant to say goodbye to summer. I’m simply not going to do it ’til summer is really over. At the end of September.
But I can’t deny the crisp air and winding down humidity so I have been thinking about switching out my seasonal decor and introducing some late summer favorites. I love this time of year at the farmer’s market. The colors, textures and pickins’ are in abundance. Not only do I want to eat the season’s harvest but I want to decorate with it!
Here are a few decorating ideas that will bring the changing season in without breaking your budget. If you’re lucky, you might already have these crops growing in your own backyard garden. If not, you know where to go!
Indian Corn Wreath: Husks of Indian corn aren’t just for the lamp-post. Pick up clusters of mini Indian corn which show a variety of colors. Attach them to a wire form and you have yourself a new wreath plus a squirrel’s feast. These are best hung between a storm door and front door or you won’t have anything left in a matter of hours!
Hot Pepper Wreath: Pick up some hot peppers next time you’re at the market. If you can find a surplus of them, you’ll get a better deal. Wire them up to wreath form for new door decor.
Farmers Market Vignette: This vignette is nothing more than colorful, seasonal squashes and a pumpkin mixed with locally grown flowers that are drying out. Arrange them amongst some other items that are already on hand like a rusty old scale and homemade pumpkin for instant impact! When you’re not sure about what’s for dinner, slice open that squash and steam it.
Mumkin: There is always the classic pumpkin planter stand by. Grab a large pumpkin and 6 inch mum at the market. Carve and hollow the pumpkin. Plant the mum, pot and all, directly into the pumpkin planter.
Seed Packet Art: If you can’t bring the freshness of the harvest inside, you can always create your own original seed packet art. I duplicated a few vintage seed graphics last fall with paint and reclaimed wood.