Gnome Holiday Decor
Hey Elf on the Shelf, you’ve been replaced. It’s all about gnomes now.
As I asked on twitter, how did gnomes suddenly become a Christmas thing? Do the elves know about this? Are they cool with it?
Not that I’m complaining. I love gnomes. I love gnomes so much that they were the topic of my first magazine (more on that backstory here). In Kindergarten when the teacher asked us to name a word starting with G, I said “gnome,” because it was my favorite word, but she wouldn’t accept it because it didn’t have a G sound and she didn’t want to confuse a classroom of kids who couldn’t read yet. I obviously never fully recovered from this incident, though it was great early preparation for having my work rejected and edited.
If you’re ready to embrace all things gnome, silent G included, here are my favorite ways to decorate with gnomes this season.
Gnome holiday sweaters
Gnomes are now an option for tacky Christmas sweaters–bonus points if it has a clever pun. 10/10 would wear this in public. I’ve bought not one but two gnome-themed holiday sweaters this year because gnomes are my spirit animal. Spirit animals plural? I really should get this grammar thing down. I’m a professional.
Gnome tree ornaments
Gnomes in the home
Need a holiday pillow? There’s a gnome item for that, too.
A gnome door
Repurpose fairy garden items from the spring to make a gnome door in your house to add to the magic.
Eco holiday decorating
Every year I seem to have a few more squash from the garden than I know what to do with! They end up inside as decorations, which is okay with me. After all, nothing says fall like a bowl of heirloom squash and petite gourds on the counter. It’s an eco-friendly and incredibly easy way to bring a little autumn to any house.
An easy to make fall centerpiece
One thing I love doing with squash is making a centerpiece, as seen above! You can add votive candles and pinecones if you wish, or just use the pretty fruit itself. Decorating, done.
A variation of that, below, is to set the fruit on some pine branches, eucalyptus or other greenery.
This was a fun, easy DIY. Just add metallic paint and glitter to a small gourd for a little shine around the holidays. This will render it inedible though, so save your best pie pumpkins for glitter-free decorating.
Put a bow on it
I had this beautiful black watch plaid ribbon, which totally seemed like fall! So I tied it on the stem of a squash and a little decoration was born.
Outdoor fall decorating
Spruce up the front step with a little display of your squash crop. It’s seasonal, decorative, and totally eco-friendly.
Let me know in the comments if you have a favorite way to display fall’s garden harvest.
I originally published these photos on Midwest Living.
Check that site out for more fall decorating ideas and see what my fellow bloggers have planned for holiday decor, including:
Thanks to Groupon for sponsoring today’s post!
Whether you’re getting ready for going back to campus or getting your home ready for fall, saving money feels good! One of my secrets is getting great deals on Groupon.
Here are my favorite Groupon Goods categories for major deals on home design. You can save money on dorm decor essentials too if you or someone you know is heading back to college soon.
- Canvas prints. Displaying favorite photographs from my travels like the one in the photo above is one of my go-to ways to decorate walls. Groupon has deals as good as $5 for a 16 x 20 print! Even with $10 shipping that’s a better deal than you can find almost anywhere else.
- Mattress toppers. Basic beds can be transformed with a high quality mattress topper, and these deals can save serious cash.
- Cute area rugs. The rug in the photo above I purchased in college to brighten up my room. They can make a small space seem more homey, or give a new look to a room in your home.
- Throw pillows. This is another fast, inexpensive way to bring a new look into a space. Check out the emoji pillows available now on Groupon for the texting millennial in your life!
Another trick is to check Groupon Coupons for deals like percentages off at websites I regularly shop at. How are you saving money on decor this fall?