I have to admit the kids are the perfect age to start enjoying this kinda thing. Which makes it even more fun. I wasn't sure how much they would care. The first thing I bought were two garlands to go over the door outside. I found them for 70% of at Michael's. (If I still had an employee discount there, I could have bought so much more.) You would believe just how excited Ruth was with the bright red and orange leaves and glitter on them around the door and how excited Britt was with the pine cones on the door.
While I was there I looked at wreaths, but I had already decided that I'd probably just make my own. It's so much cheaper that way. Finding nothing that jumped out at me, just confirmed that. So, a few days later I went down to the dollar store right next to us, and picked up a couple of bags of leaves that looked alot like the leaves on my garland and a spool of wired bronze glitter ribbon. Gary grabbed me a grapevine wreath from Walmart that night, and so with the help of a hot glue gun, and a reminder video online about how to make a bow, I put together a wreath for the door. I thought it turned out well, since I really can't tie bows well. I was one of the few at Michael who wouldn't tie them at Christmas time for customers. I had planned to put a C on the wreath, but didn't find anything I really thought was in the right font or a cheap enough price, so maybe another time. It was a $6 project, and might have been even cheaper if I had tried out the pinterest link on saving real leaves by coating them with clear wax. Britt went on and on about the wreath the next morning when he saw it.
I had so many leaves left over that I used them to decorate the dining room table as well. Gary picked up some fruit when he went grocery shopping, so I just piled it all up in a pretty glass bowl in the middle and scattered leaves on both sides, and it makes the room look so much warmer and happier. I have some more ideas for the leaves, if I get time.