Friday, September 7, 2012

The Beauty of Hedge Apples

One of the greatest benefits about Fall is that Mother Nature provides us so many beautiful things to look at AND decorate our homes with....and they are FREE. If you just look outside your window you will see so many things you can bring inside to use in your decor, and they don't cost any money at all.
In my earlier post from a few weeks ago I posted here about using the orange berries called bittersweet in your Fall decor but did you know that you can also use hedge apples?
If you are unfamiliar with hedge apples, you can read more about them here. There are various myths about hedge apples being an insect repellent and what they can do for your home, but more simply put these are just round seed balls that fall off of the Osage Orange tree in the fall.
Here are some inspiring images I found on the Internet (sources unknown) that I would like to share with you. These pictures are eye candy for inspiration!
Hedge apples in an enamel bowl.

Hedge apples with pomegranate or some sort of fruit.

Great display of hedge apples in a centerpiece with a candle.

Since I am partial to antique bowls I couldn't resist sharing this photo :)

Gorgeous vignette with hedge apples in an urn next to a lamp. Simply GORGEOUS!

Lined upon a windowsill.

In a distressed urn with flowers....very cottagey/shabby chic.

Hedge apples displayed as a centerpiece with lanterns and foliage. Beautiful!
And last but not least here is my little basket of hedge apples from a few years ago that I displayed on our front porch. Very simple but traditional fall decor, and best of all it was FREE!

Here in the Midwest the hedge apples have just now started to fall. The bulk of them will start falling in about a week or two and they will continue to fall for about a month. Many people find them to be a nuisance so if you spot a tree along the side of the road or notice that your neighbor has hedge apples in their yard, don't be afraid to ask for them because most people WANT you to take them, and that is PERFECT for you! Their loss is your gain!
Just like with Bittersweet, hedge apples are another FREE gift from Mother Nature that she provides us, like a door prize for welcoming in fall!
I encourage you to get creative and look beyond the big box retail stores for your decorating/craft supplies.  All you need is right outside your door! 

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