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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 Make Acrylic Disc Pendant Lighting Look Like Glass

Posted in DECOR, DIY, DIY AND HOME DECOR
on August 15, 2017

Looking for pendant lighting ideas? Love Regina Andrews Chandeliers? Give a thrift store chandelier new life and a high-end, mid-century look, with a cheap, easy, DIY project using acrylic discs and nail polish!

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During our recent Foyer make-over, I went on a mad hunt for eye-catching pendant lighting ideas. I wanted something with color and with a definite presence.

After a bit of research, I found a gorgeous chandelier from Regina Andrews in tones of blue and seafoam and some beautiful examples of vintage Murano glass chandeliers made in a Vistiso style. Vintage Vistosi pieces from the 1960s and 70s go for anywhere between $700 and $4000 at auction. Incredible to look at, but far out of my price range. Believe it or not, these works of art are also super simple (and cheap) to hack, using an eye-sore brass chandelier found in every thrift store, nail polish and acrylic discs!

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A little bit of trivia about Vistosi:  Guglielmo Vistosi founded the Murano, Italy glass and lighting manufacturer in 1945. With a history in glass making dating back to the 16th century, the Vistosi family has passed its secrets for beautiful glass making from generation to generation and has established its place in the Venitian artistic glass world – a brand known to combine exquisite style and classic design.  Lucky us, Vistosi continues to give the world beautiful glass and lighting creations to this day.

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So, after that fun tidbit of info, how did I DIY this high-end, mid-century-looking lighting masterpiece? Easy. Peasy.

 

Easy. Peasy.

10 Steps to Gorgeous DIY Acrylic-Disc Pendant Lighting

You will need:

An 80s Glass Panel Chandelier frame with arms – you can find this at any thrift store for around $5!
2 per arm – I used 20 – 4″ Diameter, 1/8″ thick Acrylic Discs – single pre-drilled hole
2 per arm – I used 20 – 4″ Diameter, 1/8″ thick Acrylic Discs – double pre-drilled hole
Nail polish in white 
Nail polish – two shades – dark and light – in the same color family
20 – Metal connector rings
Needle-nose pliers

Here’s what you will do:

  1. Install your light frame. Be safe – if you aren’t familiar with electrical work, or even aren’t completely comfortable, hire a professional to help you.
  2. Install light bulbs – be sure to use new low-heat light bulbs! I used these which are bright, energy-efficient, and unlike some low-energy bulbs, have no delay when lighting.
  3. Remove the paper backing from the discs.
  4. Carefully dribble a thin line of the dark and light colored nail polishes in a circular pattern starting from the outside edge of the disc toward the center.
  5. Working from the outside in toward the center, using the nail polish brush, firmly move the polish around in a wide swirl pattern.
  6. Carefully dribble a thin line of white nail polish in a circular pattern starting from the center working outward to the outside edge, stopping 2″ from the edge.
  7. Working from the inside out, using the nail polish brush, firmly swirl the white polish in a wide swirl pattern.
  8. Allow the discs to dry.
  9. Connect a double-hole disc to a single hole disc using the wire connectors.
  10. Hang one double-disc strand from each frame arm.

Stand back in amazement at your DIY talents!

Prefer a visual? Here’s a picture tutorial.

DIY Modern Pendant Lighting

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So it’s even easier for you, I’ve made a downloadable copy available to you and my subscribers that you can access here.

My DIY high-end look, mid-century-style pendant lighting is the first thing people see when they enter our home; A perfect focal point that always garners compliments and questions. I’m so happy with the results and am even more thrilled with how much it cost to DIY!

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So, what do you think? Is it perfect for your home, too? If you think it is, please, let me know how your project goes and if you have any questions!

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