Farmers now defoliate the cotton so it all opens at once making for more efficient harvesting. I am fortunate that I have family that grows cotton so I was able to get a few stalks for free.
My original intention was to make a wreath for the front door. I used a grape vine wreath as a base and just added pieces of cotton until it was as full as I liked. I have not actually hung it on the door since I am not certain where to hang it.
My uncle brought me more than the two stalks I asked for so I had plenty of leftover cotton. I used it and some small artificial pumpkins that my mom gave me on my mantle. I bought the scarecrow many years ago on clearance. The pumpkin floral arrangement on the right was one I made many years ago. The orchid in the center was a gift from W and while not exactly frugal it will last for some time.
Looking at the setup I realize that I need to rearrange things a bit before I am done, but this will work for now.
My only purchase this year was a real pumpkin that I got for $1. I will use it as part of my Thanksgiving table decorations. I wanted it primarily for the seeds which would have cost me more than $1. I hope to be able to grow some of my own next year.
Remember the pumpkin flower containers I made last month. The mums still looked good, and I hated to put the containers away just yet. I simply turned them around so the jack-o-lantern face was not visible. I will be able to get another month's use out of them.
Those are my thrifty decorations for the month of November. Have you done any Thanksgiving decorating?