But first, before we get into how I made it, I need to make a giveaway announcement. The winner of the Ramsign house number sign giveaway is #59, Tiffany Taylor! Congratulations Tiffany! I'll pass your contact information on to Ramsign and you'll have your new sign in no time. That rhymed far too much.
For everyone else, Ramsign is holding a giveaway of their own right now - that's right, you have another chance to win a house number sign!
Okay, so back to the centerpiece. I got the idea when I was at the hospital flipping through the October issue of Style at Home magazine while I waited for my sister to get out of surgery (nothing major, she's okay now). It was called "the decorated tree" and created by managing editor Catherine Therrien.
Sorry I only have a scanned page, I couldn't find an image online.
So while we were out on our walk on Saturday I had Tom cut off a couple of tree branches that looked promising. Don't worry, I didn't trespass on anyone's property - I trespassed at the local elementary school. (Shhh, don't tell!)
I used a medium-sized flower pot from the dollar store and wrapped the sleeve of an old sweater around it for texture. I then filled it with river rocks to hold the branches in place.
I hot-glued acorns and pinecones collected on our walk in Gravenhurst on Labour Day weekend to random spots on the branches. I have some potpourri left over from other projects and glued some of the small flower petals on as leaves. Maybe they're more seed pod than flower petal, but the orange colour is perfect for fall.
I finished it off by putting a few acorns in the flower pot on top of the rocks, and then scattering more potpourri and acorns around the pot. Tom pointed out that it looks like the scattered leaves and acorns have fallen off the tree, like they would in the fall. I can't believe I didn't see that. I just put them there to add more colour to the shot. Sometimes that boy amazes me.
And now we have this sweet centerpiece. The height is something different from what I usually do. And the shades of orange and brown make me so happy. Plus, the cozy sweater keeps me thinking that it won't be that hard to ward off the freezing cold that's coming way too soon.
Are you using nature to decorate with this fall? I've been re-using my dryer vent pumpkins from last year and recovering them with natural fabrics to give a warmer look and feel.
I'm linking up here this week!