Yay! Yes, it’s the first Tuesday of the month which means it’s Create With Me time. Whew, this year is just flying by, isn’t it?
This month you voted for us to create with felt! As soon as I heard felt was the material, my immediate thought was to create another felt pillow just for Halloween. We all know how I love Halloween and throw pillows – why not marry the two? You know what else I love? Geometric patterns. So, I decided to throw #seewhatIdidthere that in there as well – for a Geometric Halloween pillow – let’s get started!
Oh, before I forget to mention, be sure to read to the end of this post for more felt crafting ideas from my friends. We will NOT be voting on next month’s materials – The Create with Me group is taking a break for the holidays! But, don’t worry, we’ll be back with more fun projects in January.
How to Make a Funky Patterned Halloween Pillow
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Cut 12 – 2″x2″ squares from three sheets of felt, each a different color. Once in squares, cut triangles diagonally across each square, creating 24 triangles. Leave the other two sheets of the felt uncut.
2 – Arrange triangles on base
It took me a minute (or ten) to wrap my head around how to repeat the pattern but eventually figured it out. To make sure you don’t have the same issue, I created a pattern cheat-sheet that you can download! Begin laying the triangles on the base, pinning as you go, following the pattern.
3 – Sew triangles to the base
Use a sewing machine to sew through the center of each square. Then, use a hot glue gun to secure any loose edges of the triangles.
4 – Create the pompoms
Create four pompoms by hand or using the large pompom maker, leaving the tails long enough to sew and tie off inside the pillowcase
5 – Sew the pillowcase
Position the patterned side of the pillow base to the other whole felt piece and sew a 1/2″ seam around the edge of three sides. Sew the first 2″ of each side of the 4th side, leaving a pocket to insert your pillow form.
6 – Attach Pompoms
Use the yarn needle to push the tails of each pompom through the four corners of the pillowcase and tie off in a knot on the inside.
7 – Insert Pillow form
Turn the pillowcase right side in and insert your pillow form. Stitch the opening with needle and thread.
Enjoy your Halloween pillow!
This was a fun little project that brings all of the fun and funkiness of Halloween to my home. I can’t wait to pull out the rest of my directions to finish off my Halloween decorating!
Bring all the best of Autumn to your front door porch with inexpensive plants and decor items you likely already have. Outdoor decorating that can take you from September all the way to Thanksgiving. These ideas are fast and easy too! Fantastic autumn outdoor decor ideas for your front door porch!
Y’all, my yard and garden were a mess – still are honestly. So much so that I almost bowed out of this seasons Outdoor Spaces blog hop – thanks to Sara for hosting, by the way! PS: Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post for more fantastic ideas for your Fall Outdoor Spaces!
Where was I? Oh yes, September=hiney-kicking and not one project in or around the house and home complete and the only action my front porch has seen has been my running in and out of the front door zillion of times a day. Whereas usually by now I’ve been enjoying a lovely front door porch decorated for the season it’s not the case this year! Instead, my porch was full of dust, pollen, and loads of spiderwebs – perfect for Halloween I guess?
The thing is, it makes me feel cheery and happy when I see a front porch nicely decorated for the season, and it makes me feel not so good when it looks terrible. With a teeny bit of effort and cash – and a broom – I had my front door porch in ship-shape in under an hour, including plant shopping time!
How to Quickly and Easily Spice up Your Fall Front Door Porch with Plants
The first thing I did was to make a date with my broom. It’s amazing what a difference a good cleaning will make! After we were back to basics and fewer spider condos on board, it was time for a little styling.
I did a quick run to pick out some plants. Because I wasn’t doing a ton of decorating, I relied pretty heavily on plants for color, texture, and interest. You can easily spend a fortune on plants, but you can also find some good deals at this time of year with perennials (they come back every year) that are past their season and looking a little worse for wear. If you can afford them, now is a good time to buy them – they’ll be full price in the spring.
I wasn’t looking to do any significant planting, but I did splurge on a few perennials – this fun and interesting-looking chartreuse Asparagus Fern is my new favorite, which I came to find out isn’t a fern at all but related to asparagus! I look the spiky texture and think it will be just as fun for Halloween. The Asparagus Fern doesn’t tolerate frost – it’ll be coming inside when the temperatures drop.
Mums in violet and burnt orange are always a favorite, and I can plant them in my front flower bed at the end of the season – If I’m lucky they’ll come back next year! I picked these up at my local nursery for $6 each earlier in the month. They’ve been slow to bloom, but when they do get around to it, they’ll be spectacular.
Annuals are a great way to add color and are relatively inexpensive. I used a fuschia Celosia with soft, bright spikes to contrast against the Asparagus Fern at the front door. Pansies and an annual hanging basket of Petunias and Verbena will take some frost. Ornamental cabbage in dark purples and greens will be sticking around for Halloween, too!
Decor cost me nothing. I shop my home, moving furniture from inside to out and reusing items where I can as the seasons change. Styling in this way saves me a fortune and keeps me from getting bored with my decor – it’s never the same twice! With a covered porch I’m pretty comfortable using inexpensive, indoor furniture like this console table outside for short periods of time. If this isn’t the case with you, use your discretion.
I’m all about comfort and love the idea of hanging out on the front porch in either a rocker or the porch swing with a cup of hot cider on a crisp, sunny day. These throw cushions are on a constant rotation around the house.
I keep throws around everywhere to take the edge off of a seasonal chill. I love the versatility of blanket scarves – think blank, scarf or shawl – and they come in SO many different colors!
Nothing says fall like pumpkins and they are available EVERYWHERE. I’ve yet to pick any fresh pumpkins this year – remember, September=hiney-kicking – so, I relied on foam, plastic, and fabric to fulfill my pumpkin needs.
I thought of bringing these fun fabric-covered pumpkins out but decided to leave them on the mantle for now.
Other accents ideas that scream fall:
Enjoying the Fruits of My Labors
So, let’s take stock. September is nearly over. My porch looks great. My yard is STILL a mess. Not bad for an hours worth of minor effort and cash.
With any luck, I’ll be spending at least a few October days enjoying the sights, smells and sounds of Autumn from the comfort of my front porch. If that doesn’t pan out, seeing my porch as I run in and out of the door is guaranteed to make me happy! How could it not with such a fun, colorful, festive porch to come home to?
I hope you were able to find a few budget-friendly ideas to bring the best of Autumn to your front porch. Be sure to stop by and visit these lovely ladies for even more ideas!
Looking to add a punch of color and texture to your home’s Autumn decor? Use this easy tutorial to turn a $1 foam fall pumpkin into a cute home accent!
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Time is just marching along – it’s already mid-September! We are still enjoying mostly summer-ish weather around these parts, but there have been a few glimpses of Fall with crisp mornings and a gentle breeze in the evenings. Although outside isn’t looking like Fall, my Autumn-loving heart is ready to get the Fall party started, at least my inside decor!
The other day I shared some Fireplace Mantel Decorating ideas, that included these adorable fabric embellished Fall pumpkins! Last year I stayed pretty close to traditional in my Fall decor. I was able to use some of my old favorites from last year, including my favorite Hello Fall pillow. I loved the pillow SO much that I decided to make a matching printable. Feel free to download it!
Still, I wanted something new to add to my decor, especially since I decided to mix it up this year with turquoise, orange, navy and just a touch of red. Enter this fun, simple, cheap foam fall pumpkin craft!
Draw and cut out a leaf design on a scrap piece of cardstock, making a reversed stencil. If desired, add a serrated edge for interest.
2 – Stencil Leaves on Fabric
Lay the leaf template onto your fabric. Create leaves on the fabric by stenciling around the leaf shape with a paint brush and gold acrylic paint, creating a gold edge. Let dry. *You will need approximately 60-80 leaf cutouts for the small pumpkin.
3 – Cut out leaves
Use a sharp pair of scissors to cut leaf shapes out, leaving a small border of gold on each leaf.
4 – Attach leaves to Pumpkin
Remove the plastic stem from your foam pumpkin. Begin attaching leaves to the bottom of the pumpkin with hot glue, overlapping the bottoms as you go, one row at a time. Be sure to leave the edges free for more texture on your completed pumpkin.
Continue to add rows, overlapping the preceding row, working up to the top of the pumpkin, and leaving a small space at the top for a stem.
5 – Add twine definition
Attach the end of a length of twine to the bottom center point of your pumpkin. Stretch the pumpkin over the top and to the center, letting the cord fall into the grooves. Attach at center point and repeat, outlining each groove with twine and gluing the bottom edge to secure.
6 – Add twig stem
Use the tip of a sharp pair of scissors to make a hole at the top of your pumpkin. Push the top of a 3 – small, 2″ long twigs into the hole. Embellish with a twine bow.
Enjoy your fall pumpkin craft!
What I love about these little guys is how easy they are to customize to your Fall decor. Don’t feel that you need to use traditional colors or patterns – there aren’t any rules – clearly since I created one with blue leopard print!
So, if you, too, are looking for something new for your fall home decor, give this little fall pumpkin craft a try. It’s an easy way to turn $1 foam fall pumpkin into a cute and colorful home accent!