I took my red, white, and blue porch decor down two weeks ago, and I’ve finally finished my projects for my “rest of the summer” porch decor! Just about everything I put out there was a budget-friendly DIY, which I’m pretty proud of. Everything I used in those projects I already had in my craft supply stash. My son goes back to school next week, so it is definitely not the time to be spending extra money! This porch re-do cost less than $20!! That’s me buying everything, excluding the chairs. Read on to see how I did it. Yall ignore the wood. Our apartment complex really needs to re-stain it!
It’s still July, and we have the entire month of August left in the summer, so I felt it was too early to put out my fall decor. Since it is summer still, I decided to go with a beach theme with teal and coral accents. Back in March or April I found this sign at Dollar Tree that has a beach quote and blue, teal, coral, and yellow in it. I used it as the basis for all of my decor.
Deco Mesh Wreath & Tutorial
First I made a spiral deco mesh wreath to hang on the balcony railing. You can find that tutorial here. I give you step-by-step instructions with pictures, so anyone can do it. You will save a ton of money over the years by making your own wreaths. I made a wood plaque for the middle of my wreath using my Cricut that matched the colors on the Dollar Tree sign. The quote I used complimented it as well, “bare feet & salty hair.”
DIY Yarn Wreaths
Next I made two yarn wreath to go on the balcony’s French doors. They compliment one another, one coral with turquoise starfish & bow and the other turquoise with coral accents. If you’d like a tutorial on how to make adorable yarn wreaths, check out this one where I made two for fall or this robin’s egg blue summer wreath. I added a piece of coral yarn to the turquoise and turquoise to the coral for a little something extra.
On each wreath I added a banner. You can find the tutorial on how to make a banner with your Cricut here. I even pre-made the design and shared the link to it so you can print and cut your own for free! Be sure to pin the post so that you can come back to it when you need to make a banner for any occasion. You can use them on wreaths, as cake toppers, make large ones for birthday parties, baby showers, home decor, and as garland at Christmas, Halloween, etc.
Outdoor Thermometer Porch Decor Piece
I made the cutest patriotic porch decor piece, an outdoor thermometer, and it has been pretty popular. All of our friends and neighbors wanted to know where we got it. I loved it too, so I wanted one for this porch theme as well. I actually think I will make one for every season or holiday. If you want to do this as well, make sure you get the thermometers from Dollar Tree before summer is over. I don’t think they carry them during fall and winter.
For this outdoor thermometer I used leftover deco mesh from my spiral mesh wreath to tie the pieces together. Then I painted a wood arrow and added some other embellishments from Dollar Tree, and I love the way it turned out! You can make your own with this step-by-step tutorial.
Finally I set up a little sitting area in the middle of the balcony. At the beginning of the summer I saw this outdoor rug that was teal and white at Michael’s, but it was $39.99. There’s no way in the world I’m paying $40 for a rug that doesn’t cover my entire balcony & just sits outside. I’m way too much of a miser for that! However, after church last Sunday I stopped by there, and lo and behold, all the summer stuff was on clearance! I got that sucker for $7! WOOHOOO! Yall, I would’ve been royally pissed if I had paid $40, lol. A great part about this rug is that I can flip it over and paint the other side for the fall and winter.
I placed the rug in the middle of the balcony and put out two of the chairs we use during little league season on it. I got those chairs from Academy for $4.99 about two years ago. Since they are royal blue and they wouldn’t match my theme well, I covered them with two throw blankets, one coral and one white. Between them I put out a DIY side table using Dollar Tree items. I will be giving you a tutorial for that tomorrow, so stay tuned!
To tie my theme together I hung the sign that started it all on our storage room door. I think I’ll add a bow or something to it to bring a little more life to that area. I’d also like to add a piece of wall art to the left side of the thermometer too. If you’ve got an idea for me, leave it in the comments. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Porch Decor Complete!
Can you believe that I paid less than $20 for this entire balcony summer set-up? I know I can’t! Now I’ve got to get on my game and figure out how to do one just as good for fall! I hope that I’ve given you some ideas for your end of summer porch decor.
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