Wednesday, September 19, 2012

NO COST Fall Planters!

We have certainly had some beautiful fall weather the last few days!
The temperatures here did dip into the low 40's a couple of nights a killing frost can't be too far away.

The planters around the firepit were looking pretty sad....

to be honest....

I never much liked the plantings in them this year. last weekend they definitely needed a fall spruce up!!!

And of course.....I didn't want to spend ANY money!!

Every year Mr. S and I take a drive through the countryside to cut a handful of cattails for the mantel....

We did that 2 weeks ago.....


 I always spray them with a little clear spray paint to keep them from fluffing all over.... fast and simple!

Anyway....back to the planters....I asked Mr. S. if he could get me a WHOLE BUNCH MORE....
What a guy....he used his lunch hour to go tramping through the bushes and cut some!
.....about a 50!!! 

I think this was almost better than when he sends me flowers from the florist!!!!
All that involves is a credit card and a phone....

this was way harder....

Can you believe that I saw a teensy bunch of 4 cattails in the floral display at the grocery store for $3.99!
That means Mr. S. saved.....hmmmmmm........about $75.00....not that ANYONE in their right mind would spend that on CATTAILS!!!!

I stuck these into a planter so that I could  spray them with more clear spray paint.....

There are some milkweed pods in there too....another project...another day!!!!

once they dried.....

I was ready to get started!

I moved all the smaller planters down into the garden and only left the four biggest pots....

I couldn't bring myself to pull up the Profusion Zinnias that are still sort of blooming....
but I did cut out the obvious dead stuff...

I stuck the cattails in......

Took a short walk to the ditch for some Pampas Grass switches.....

And there you have it.......


A fire....
A glass of wine....
A bottle of beer....
A perfect early fall evening!


  1. What a great idea! We use our firepit the most in the fall, so I try to make it look pretty too :-)

  2. Oh your fire pit area looks amazing, awesome planters xo

  3. Wow, what a great idea. They are simply beautiful.

    Found you no Thirsty Thursday and I'm now following you. Hope you have a great day.

    Bonnie @

  4. I love your fall sitting area! That is a great idea, and you are right, they are sooo expensive to buy.

    xoxo, Tanya

  5. gorgeous! the idea of him tromping about out there made me lol, and also reminded me how sweet my father in law was to collect pinecones for me last year at their shore house.

  6. This is so pretty... so peaceful. You are so amazing!

  7. Hi there! I found you on the blog hop and I’m now following you! I’d love a follow back at and on Pinterest. I follow back all of my Pinterest followers :)

  8. What a beautiful relaxed looking space.

  9. Beautiful, would love this setting in my back yard! Found you on the Thirsty Thursday blog hop.

  10. Saw you at the Favorite Things Party at Katherine's Corner. Great job with decorating. Linda

  11. These planters fit Fall so beautifully. We are not allowed to cut cattails here so I am a bit jealous of your bounty :>)

    Distressed Donna Down Home

  12. These are beautiful. Reminds me of growing up in the country....we always went and picked cattails!

  13. What a great idea! Love these. Love your backyard area, looks so peaceful and relaxing.
    Visiting from Bowdabra's Saturday Showcase.

    Hope your having a wonderful and relaxing weekend. (-;

  14. They are cat-tailicious!

    Popped in from SSL's Sunny Simple Sunday.

  15. Beautiful. I love how they turned out. Your seating area looks so peaceful, I could get lost in that view. Thank you for sharing at my Our Favorite Things Link Party.

  16. Oh you are giving me the "itch". I love doing floral arrangements and yours turned out AWESOME! They are gorgeous. Great job. And, it would have cost way more than $75 for that. I say that is a $125-$140 arrangement = )


  17. These look so pretty. I love the way you did your planters. Mine are looking pretty sad about now also. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at
    from Wednesday until Sunday.
    Hope to see you there.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  18. WOW, Mary we love your free, fall planter idea! Thank you so much for lining it up in the Crafty Showcase this past week!
    Your post was our #1 most clicked link. We are featuring you today on our Facebook page, twitter and will pin to Pinterest.

    We also invited you to our exclusive Feature Friday bloggers board on Pinterest. We hope you join in. You can pin any of your fun projects to this board!

    Stop over Sat-Thur noon and link up more of your creative ideas!

    Have a super weekend and enjoy that backyard!


  19. The planters look great and love that view! Thanks so much for sharing on Busy Monday.

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