When decorating outside my home, I like to keep the displays simple and flexible. The 2 spots on my front and back porch are small, plus the back porch is pretty windy. For my late fall display, I used burlap, twine and 2 shrubs I picked up on clearance at Home Depot. I can transition this display to a Christmas one by switching out the twine with holiday ribbon and exchanging the silk leaf branches for fresh greens.
My sad-looking display started as a trifecta of 2 evergreens and one tin bucket. I spray painted the bucket from Ikea magenta this summer, though I thought it was too pink. A light single coat of copper toned down the pinkish hue. The evergreens cost me about $7 at Home Depot in late October. A holiday evergreen would have been about $15.
I cut a generous square of herringbone burlap and wrapped it around each evergreen. The thick herringbone burlap runs $11.99 at JoAnn Fabrics. You could save by using one of their 40% off coupons or choose a plain piece of burlap. I have a saucer under each pot inside the burlap to protect the burlap from water as much as I can.
Two bags of cinnamon-scented pine cones filled the tin bucket. The pinecones from Home Depot were uniform in size. The ones on top from Michael’s Craft Store varied in size and were cheaper. Gather your own pinecones to save money.
Quick Tip: Anchor your tin buckets with large rocks inside to prevent them from falling over in the wind.