Embracing Fall {one wreath at a time}

While enjoying my morning coffee I looked over at our dining room mirror and decided it needed some Fall embellishment. So coffee in hand I descended into the basement storage room and went on a scavenger hunt through the craft bins. Score!

Years ago I picked up a Fall leaf garland in a clearance bin after Halloween.  I've never really known what I wanted to do with it.  Also in the bin I found a grapevine wreath I picked up for a $1.00 at a thrift store this summer. I had some leftover burlap from another project and I remembered a few weeks ago I bought a couple rolls of Halloween ribbon on sale. Can you guess where I'm going with this?

DIY Fall Wreath

Fall Wreath

I attached the garland to the wreath using florist wire (the gourd embellishments were already on it). Using a hot glue gun I attached the Halloween ribbon onto each side of the burlap. Then I looped it over the wreath and tied a bow. With stencils I pounced the letters onto the burlap using orange acrylic craft paint. I put a piece of cardboard between the fold so it wouldn't transfer onto the ribbon below. Ta Da!  A pretty Fall wreath for the dining room mirror.

Fall Wreath

I took advantage of the beautiful weather we've been having and made the wreath outside on my deck.  We hit a record breaking 31°C (unheard of in September in our neck of the woods)!   While being in wreath making mode, I decided to embellish the simple Fall magnolia wreath I've hung on our front door.

Magnolia leaf wreath

The berries and pine cones were already on the wreath so all I did to add some flare was loop burlap around the entire wreath and hot glued it in place. Simple but added a nice touch!

Fall magnolia wreath

With the flowers still in full bloom and the temperatures in the 30's, it hardly feels like Fall.  But hey, I'm not complaining!

Welcome to Fall

I ended my wreath making day with a few war wounds from battle with the hot glue gun.  All-in-all, despite my not being a fan of this time of year, I've been having a lot of fun decorating for Fall!

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Decorating the fireplace mantle for Fall

Everywhere you look these days there are hints of Fall. I'm not going to lie, other than the beautiful warm colors, I'm no fan. Nope, I'm a Spring/Summer kinda gal. To me Fall is a reminder of the S...SS...SSS (can't bring myself to say it) that's yet to come. But whether I like it or not it's happening and so with trepidation I started decorating for the season.

Fall fireplace mantle

I pulled out my collection of waxed leaves and simply strung them with these cute mini clothes pins that I found at Michaels and clipped them onto a strand of twine. I think it's cute! I made the sign out of an old piece of wood I found outside in the wood pile.

I cut...well more like...I jumped onto the wood to break it. I sanded the rough edges and then gave it a good scrubbing with steel wool soaked in apple cider vinegar. Not only did it clean the wood but it added to the aged patina.

DIY Fall harvest sign

I found a font I liked on my computer and printed the words "Fall" and "Harvest" to fit the board. I knew Karen at +The Graphics Fairy LLC would have the perfect image for my sign and as always, she did not disappoint. Using carbon paper, I traced the text and images onto the board and with watered down acrylic craft paint I meticulously hand-painted over the transfers.

DIY Fall harvest sign

DIY Fall harvest sign

I'm quite liking our little pumpkin patch sign.

Fall fireplace mantle vignette
Okay Fall, I may not like you but I'm ready for you now!

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