You’ll love this Cheap and Easy Fall Pumpkin Craft

Posted in DECOR
on September 15, 2017

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!

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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!

HOW TO EMBELLISH A FOAM FALL PUMPKIN WITH FABRIC

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Supplies

foam pumpkins
fabric scraps
twine
twigs
scissors
glue gun
gold acrylic paint and paintbrush

Directions

1 – Make a Leaf Template

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.

fall pumpkin craft - cut out leaf template

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. 

fall pumpkin craft - outline leaves on fabric with paint

3 – Cut out leaves

Use a sharp pair of scissors to cut leaf shapes out, leaving a small border of gold on each leaf.

fall pumpkin craft - cut out leaves following paint line

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.

fall pumpkin craft - apply leaves overlapping from bottom up

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.

fall pumpkin craft - add stems

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!

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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! 

Oh, and don’t forget to download my Hello Fall printable – It’s free to my subscribers!

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How to decorate a fireplace mantel for fall – fireplace decor ideas

Posted in DECOR, LIVING ROOM
on September 12, 2017

Fireplace decor ideas for your Fall mantel. 

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It seems like just yesterday we were at the start of summer and I was waxing poetic about my wish for endless summers and sharing my summer fireplace decor ideas. Scratch that. Although I love the summer, it’s inevitable that when September rolls around, I’m yearning for sweaters, boots and apple cider. I feel like I blinked and here we are, surrounded by the scent of pumpkin spice, apple donuts and endless leaf raking – The pumpkin spice and donuts I’m all over, but the leaf raking.. after the first time, I’m totally over it!

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I love decorating my home for Fall.  I’d guess you do as well. It’s your lucky day because my blogging buddies and I are sharing our fireplace decor ideas for Fall for the Decorate your Mantel through the Year Series, hosted by my lovely friend, Amy. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post for all of the inspiration!

Fall Fireplace Decor Ideas for Your Mantel

I reuse many items in my home by moving them around from room to room or even using them in different ways from season to season. One thing never changes though, and that is the formula I follow when decorating my mantel.

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Color

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We all know I love the color. Most of my decorating start with my color palette, and it’s often inspired by something I’ve seen in my browsing travels. I LOVE to shop by honestly don’t buy nearly as much as I just look. Different than last year’s,  this year’s palette came from a table runner I found at Home Goods, in turquoise, orange, and red. There is a lot of navy in my home and added the navy in for good measure.

Plants

Depending on the season, I may use both live or artificial plants. This year it was easy to choose! These plants have lived most of the summer outdoors. With the temperatures dropping it was time for them to move inside.

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Accents

When decorating for Fall, think pumpkins. Think cozy. Think brilliant leaf colors. Did I mention cozy? You can never have too many soft, warm blankets to curl up with and an ottoman is always welcome when extra guests arrive. This little stool usually lives in the dining room/play room.

These fabric pumpkins are a fun and easy project. They are an inexpensive way to add cheery pops of color and texture. A few other pumpkins complete the scene.

fireplace decor ideas - easy pumpkin crafts

Unfortunately for my mantel-decorating-loving-heart, I have a giant TV right smack in the middle which limits the space I have available to make an impact. You work with what you have – I don’t worry whether or not I have identical objects on either end of the mantel. Instead, I  choose accents close in height and bulk, ensuring both sides of the fireplace are balanced.

To draw the eye away from the TV (ha!) I like to display prints on either side. These seaweed prints are a DIY that I’ll get around to sharing one of these days, but I found something very similar that you may like.

I have gotten more questions about my Hello Fall Pillow – it was a Target dollar aisle find from a few years ago and isn’t available, but you might like this one. If you’re up for creating your own, I’ve created a Hello Fall Printable in the same font and look like the pillow that is available for free to my subscribers.

I’m feeling the Fall spirit!

fireplace decor ideas - fall pillows

Ugh. I believe another leaf just fell. Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you were able to gather some ideas for your fireplace mantel. If you need me, you know where to find me – just follow the scents of pumpkin and apple and the trail of leaves!

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Before you go, be sure to stop by all of these lovely lady’s blogs for more fall mantel inspiration!

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How to get an A+ in Fun with a Back to School Party Table

Posted in TABLETOP
on August 29, 2017

Make the grade with your family when you put together a celebratory and fun Back to School party table, using inexpensive items and things from around your home! 

Back to School Party Table

In addition to pumpkins and crunchy, whirly twirly leaves, Fall means back to school. I know many of you are already back in class, but here in Virginia, we start back after Labor Day. This year is a bit different for us – we’ve decided to take a break from homeschooling with our youngest child. A lofty decision, to say the least, but one that feels right for us. Wish us luck and send tissues!

To celebrate Fall and the start of the new school year it seemed like a fun time to set a back to school party table to mark the occasion – you know how I love a good tablescape! Lucky me, Chloe from Celebrate & Decorate asked me to participate in a Fall tablescape right around the same time. Be sure to scroll down to see the other Fall tablescapes – there are new settings all week so check back often.

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To add to the fun, I’ve added these fun cupcake toppers and place cards to my Goodies area, available to subscribers. You can get them here! Now on to the fun stuff!

Back to School Party Table Ideas

The Table Runner

A paper table runner in gold is the perfect backdrop for the magnetic letters borrowed from your kid.

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A black flannel-back vinyl table cloth, cut to size, and placed over a flannel “shooting star” table cloth makes for a quick and chalkboard – and what school function is complete without a chalkboard?!

Use white drawing chalk to prepare the vinyl before writing on it and offer colored chalk as a fun alternative. Let everyone go nuts, writing on the board!

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The Centerpiece

Grocery store flowers add color and height to the table when displayed on a cake pedestal. A fun ceramic apple figurine is a perfect addition to the casual centerpiece.

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The Table Setting

I have fancy china, but hardly ever use it. Instead, I love to pair colorful dessert and salad plates with plain, white, every-day dinnerware.

Always check Target dollar aisles for cute back to school decor like the adorable pencil figures and apple clothespins below. Download these fun place cards here!

Back to School party table - place card pencil

Buffalo Check napkins keep things fun and add color.

Pairing measuring tape or ruler ribbon with alphabet letter beads makes a quick and easy napkin ring, especially when you use the beads to spell out school-related words. Use scotch tape around the edge of the ribbon to easily thread the beads.

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Food Serving Ideas

Retro looking Milk Bottles with Tops and straws add color and a bit of pattern and are the perfect vessel for apple juice poured from a fun Mason Jar Drink Dispenser.

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Peanut Butter and Jelly – the quintessential school lunch!

Download these cupcake toppers here!

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Other Decor

Using Paper Fans in your party decor is a simple, inexpensive way to bring in color and texture!

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I’ll be a little teary when they all get on the bus this year, but I’m so glad I’ll have the memories from the summer – and this little tablescape – to get me through the day.

Back to School party table

I hope you’ll be flying through your day, too! To help with that, don’t forget to stop by and take a peek at these other lovely Fall table settings.

Thanks for stopping by!

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