I love to decorate my home and make it lovely. Fresh flowers are too expensive for this frugal gal. I prefer to bring nature inside and “force” it to be part of my frugal decorating program. Cutting branches from spring blossoming trees, putting them in a vase with warm water, and waiting a week will force the blooms. The end result is this vase full of pretty, cherry blossoms.
This is how the mantel in my living room looks right now.
It is actually a sunny day in February and these cherry blossoms are being tricked into thinking it’s spring!
My neighbors left a bucket of these cherry branches in their front yard to share. If cutting branches to force in your home, use very sharp tools.
Decorating your home is easy and inexpensive when all of your treasures come from garage sales, dumpsters, and estate sales. Nothing pictured here was purchased new, except the fabric on the cushions and window coverings. I sewed those. Sewing your own home furnishing will save you lots of money decorating your home. Sewing is easy and I’ll share my sewing techniques with you here.
These were leftovers from someone’s garage sale. Free? Yes, please.
This iron fence topper used to be attached to a fence that someone tossed in the trash near our former home in Washington, D.C. The smaller object is…well, I’m not sure. A spool of some sort?
Honestly, this head took a long time to grow on me. I like her now, except when she shows up on my pillow, which she has been known to do. Not funny.
The cherry blossoms really make the room. They’re a good reminder that spring is right around the corner.
What is your favorite way to decorate frugally? Do you like to “force” nature to decorate at your home? Do you like to decorate with second-hand-treasures?
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Using nature to decorate your home – frugal and fancy decorating
How to arrange flowers – this was my first attempt, too!
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