Cooler days and nights, holidays aplenty, we’re gearing up for fun, holidays and festivals.

And so we decorate. Give us a budget, some time and a little know-how, and we’ll create that picture perfect house … or at least give it a shot.

Try out a few quick and easy ideas to set the tone with seasonal lighting.

Tree of Thanks

While out on a walk, I came across a big branch that had “the look.” I brought it home, spray painted it and arranged it in a crate on my front porch. It is the perfect backdrop for seasonal decorations. With a strand of lights and some leaves from a discount store, it lights up the porch and welcomes guests with a cozy glow.


  • Branches
  • Spray paint of choice
  • Strand of lights
  • Hot glue gun
  • Faux leaves
  • Recycled container to display branches

Spray paint branches. Once dry, set in container and place in desired location. Drape the strand of lights around the tree and add the leaves. Enjoy!


Fall Ambience

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Turn that nature walk into a stroll with purpose. Have the kids collect as many sticks and twigs as they can. Head to the dollar store for a glass candle holder and you have a simple, lovely centerpiece.


  •   Twigs
  •   Hot glue gun
  •   Glass candle holder (or recycled glass jar)
  •   Battery-operated votive

Trim twigs to the desired length. Hot glue them around the sides of the candle holder. Let stand until glue has set. Add candle.


Spooky Eyes

Boo! Who doesn’t like a good scare? With these creepy eyes, you are sure to get some screams!

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  •   Foam balls (use various sizes)
  •   Glow-in-the-dark paint
  •   Black marker
  •   Hot glue gun

Spray paint the foam balls. Let dry. Glue together. Draw in black circles as the pupils. Let sit in the sun during the day so they’ll glow at night! Hide them in bushes and trees and wait.


Glow Ghosts

Glow in the dark spray paint is such a fun accessory for this fall! The possibilities are endless. I had some scrap wood in the garage. With a little bit of paint, I made some cute ghosts to hide in the garden.

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  •   Glow in the dark spray paint
  •   White spray paint
  •   Wood
  •   Black marker/black paint

Spray the wood with white spray paint first. This will help the glow in the dark paint. After dried, cover with glow in the dark paint. When that is dried, draw fun faces and set in the sun. At night, they’ll come alive!


About the author: Simri Davis lives in McKinney with her husband and three children.