Modern Fabric Pumpkins With Antique Chair Spindle Stems

A couple of years ago my son showed up on my driveway with a dilapidated antique chair in the back of his hatch. He noticed it in a customer's vehicle and asked what she was doing with it. When he told her what his mother did for a living, she was happy for him to take it off her hands.  I'm sure never in a million years would she have guessed part of it would become modern fabric pumpkins with antique chair spindle stems.

Modern Fabric Pumpkins Chair Spindle Stems


Modern Fabric Pumpkin With Antique Chair Spindle Stems


Modern Fabric Pumpkin Patch With Chair Spindle Stems

It has been the chair that keeps on giving. So far it's parts have been repurposed into an Antique Chair Back Bird Feeder, Antique Chair Spindle Garden Caddies, DIY Computer Monitor Stand, Chair Spindle Snowflake Decoration, DIY Rustic Wedding Card Box for our daughter's wedding, and now pumpkin stems!

I still have the broken cane seat, larger spindles, and other bits & pieces that I have plans for soon.

Back to the fabric pumpkins...

Modern Fabric Pumpkins

I've included a Materials List towards the bottom of this post. It contains affiliate links for your convenience so you can see what products I used or recommend to make this project. See my full disclosure policy.

Let's get to the how-to...


Small Modern Fabric Pumpkins With Chair Spindle Stems

Bright and bold pumpkin fabric

If you've been following the blog over the last year you may remember this fabric from my Mid-Century Modern Armchair Makeover. I didn't have enough fabric leftover to sew cushions but salvaged scraps for these pumpkins. The bold colors are perfect for Fall and the vintage looking fabric give the pumpkins that modern look, which I love.

Modern Fabric Pumpkin Supplies

Materials List

Retro Print Fabric (alternative)
Chair Spindles (salvaged)
Florist Foam (salvaged)
Poly Fill Stuffing (had on hand)
1 1/2 -inch Wired Brown Ribbon
Large Acrylic Gem Beads
Skeleton Key Charms
Needle And Thread


Fabric pumpkin assembly

Instead of providing a detailed tutorial on how to cut, sew, and assemble the fabric pumpkins in this post, you can find both a step-by-step written and video tutorial here in my Fabric Pumpkins With Cabinet Knob Stems post. I have another step-by-step tutorial here in my How To Make Sweater Pumpkins post.

Once you get to the cabinet knob installation step, come back here to move to the chair spindle stem assembly. I'll wait 😏

Chair spindle stems

First, I refreshed the wooden chair spindles with antique brown dark wax. Instead of cutting the chair spindles and gluing them onto the pumpkins I came up with this idea...

Modern Fabric Pumpkins Chair Spindle Stems

Using florist foam I had leftover from the centrepieces from my daughter's wedding.

With a serrated knife, round the corners of the foam so there aren't sharp corners poking through the fabric.

First place a small bit of batting on the bottom of the pumpkins and insert the chair spindle blocks into the fabric pouch.

Next, fill the cavity around the blocks with more batting and sew them closed with a needle and thread.

Modern pumpkin embellishments

On the pumpkin with the largest stem, I decided to change it up with different ribbon I ran out of ribbon and went with what I had on hand. I suggest using a wire ribbon for a more open loop bow that sits on top of the pumpkin rather than laying flat.

Modern Fabric Pumpkin With Fall Ribbon

I had these plastic gemstone beads in my stash for years and can't remember what they came off of anymore. I had exactly five - it's like they were waiting for my five pumpkins! The colors matched perfectly with the fabric too.

Modern Fabric Pumpkins With Gemstone Beads

I purchased skeleton keys to hang from the stems with the beads and wouldn't you know, they came in a package of five.

Modern Fabric Pumpkins With Embellishments

Here's a close up look at the embellishments...

Modern Fabric Pumpkins With Bows and Gems

Recently I Painted Dollar Store Pumpkins to match the fabric of these modern pumpkins. My intention was to create a Fall pumpkin patch vignette with both sets. But I really like this modern pumpkin patch on their own. Mr. Frugalista says our house looks like it threw up pumpkins. Some people have a shoe fetish - I have a pumpkin fetish, what can I say.

So what do you think of my modern take on fabric pumpkins? I'd love to hear about it in the comment section below.

Modern Fabric Pumpkins With Chair Spindle Stems

Modern Fabric Pumpkins With Antique Chair Spindle Stems


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We have a new granddaughter! Everly Joan Marie (Joan after my mom) was born on Friday and we couldn't be more excited to have her join our family. Keep all those wonderful Fall ideas and delicious recipes coming. We've been under snow since the end of last week. It's sunny out today and melting - thank goodness. Not ready to embrace winter just yet.
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Here's what we're talking about from last week's party!

Caramel Apple Streusel Bars - That Skinny Chick Can Bake

IKEA Tarva Nightstand Hack - Cherished Bliss
Slow Cooker Maple Roast - Kristy Still

Make A Junk Angel With Vintage Hardware - Adirondack Girl At Heart
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DIY Aged Mirror For Fall Decorating

Have you ever wondered how to turn picture frame glass into a reflective mirror? It's actually quite easy and fun to watch the glass transform like magic in less than 15 minutes. This is such a budget-friendly Fall decor project too because you can pick up an old frame at a thrift store for a couple of bucks. I took my looking glass mirror a step further by turning it into an Aged Mirror for Fall and I show you how.

DIY Aged Mirror For Fall Decorating


DIY Aged Mirror For Fall



DIY Aged Mirror Fall Decor

I've had my looking glass mirror hanging outdoors on the fence for a few years. While the mirror held up perfectly well, the wood picture frame took a beating from the elements. I brought it inside earlier this summer with the intention of repainting it for outdoors and forgot about it.

A few weeks ago while working on other Fall projects I found the framed mirror under a bunch of craft supplies and inspiration struck. This is the DIY reflective mirror and chipped and peeling painted frame salvaged from the backyard.

DIY Aged Mirror For Fall Before

I've included a Materials List towards the bottom of this post. It contains affiliate links for your convenience so you can see what products I used or recommend to make this project. See my full disclosure policy.


Let's get into the How-To


Painting the frame

After washing the dirt and grime and sanding the loose chipped paint, the frame was painted with two coats of the most suitable Autumn chalk paint color.

DIY Aged Mirror For Fall Base Coat Frame

While I was transforming the aged mirror I was also working on painted dollar store pumpkins for Fall. When painting the mustard yellow pumpkins with Arles chalk paint, I dry brushed a layer onto the painted picture frame too.

DIY Aged Mirror For Fall Painted Autumn Colors

To age the frame I rubbed Antique Brown dark wax with a lint-free rag, applying it heavier in the grooves and ridges.

DIY Aged Mirror For Fall Frame Dark Waxed

Turn an ordinary glass into a reflective mirror

Instead of writing a detailed tutorial here in this post, check out my detailed step-by-step tutorial here in my post, How To Turn Ordinary Glass Into Looking Glass.

Stencil the looking glass mirror 

With the same stencil I used on my DIY Checkered Pillows For Fall, I stencilled the unpainted side (facing outwards) of the looking glass mirror with the same Autumn chalk paint as the wood frame.

DIY Aged Mirror For Fall Stencil Supplies

Spray stencil adhesive held the stencil firmly in place and the sides were taped with wide painter's tape to prevent the brush from going over the edge. I used an up and down pouncing motion to apply the chalk paint and it took several layers to cover the reflective surface. You could use a glass or multi-surface craft paint as well.

DIY Aged Mirror For Fall Stencilled Glass

Age the looking glass mirror

Surprisingly the back side of the mirror that was originally painted with Krylon Looking Glass Spray Paint was still in good shape. To age the mirror I randomly dabbed a wet rag onto the painted side of the glass to remove parts of the reflective finish.

Add a papered back to the looking glass mirror

To add to the aged antique look of the mirror, I added a vintage looking mustard yellow damask scrapbook paper to the back of the mirror before placing it back inside the frame.

DIY Aged Mirror For Fall Papered Backing

A few years ago I aged an inexpensive floor standing mirror from Walmart using a papered back. That is a different process because rather than adding a reflective paint, you're removing parts of the reflective mirror. If you're interested in learning how to do that, visit my post How To Make An Ordinary Mirror Look Antiqued.

Can you see the paper peeking through the distressed parts of the mirror in the photo below?

DIY Aged Mirror For Fall With Papered Back



I love how the Hello Fall Aged Mirror looks on my fireplace mantel. Using this same process you could make these for every season or holiday. They'd also make lovely gifts.

DIY Stenciled Aged Mirror For Fall

For more Fall inspiration check out my Fall Projects page.

Decorating The Mantle With DIY Aged Mirror For Fall

So what do you think? Would you make these for your seasonal decorating? If you have any questions about the DIY Aged Mirror Effect, either leave them in the comment section below or feel free to email me by pressing the Contact Me tab at the top of the blog.

DIY Aged Mirror For Fall

DIY Aged Mirror For Fall


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DIY Checkered Fall Pillows With Stencils

Are you like me and like to decorate with seasonal pillows? Unfortunately, they can come with a high price tag, especially large ones. Then there's the challenge of finding space to store them all. At one time I had three large blue recycle bags filled with holiday and seasonal pillows that took up way too much space in our small storage room.

Then I found a genius budget-friendly space-saving solution and now have twice as many pillows that fit in ONE drawer. All it took was a trip to IKEA where I bought 20-inch Fjadrar inner cushions for $8 each. Now all I do is switch out the cushion covers every season. Which brings me to my DIY Checkered Pillows for Fall.


The orange IKEA Gurli cushion covers cost me $4.99 each and I made them my own with a couple of stencils from Stencil Revolution. They were so easy to make and I'm excited to show you how.


DIY Checkered Fall Pillows



DIY Checkered Pillow Set For Fall

While I was at it I bought some white and red GURLI covers to make holiday pillows soon. The possibilities are endless for how to decorate them.

Stencilled DIY Checkered Fall PIllows

Fall Pillow Supplies

These are some of the supplies used to make the Fall Checkered Pillows. I've included a materials list further down in the post so you can see what products I used or recommend to make them.

DIY Checkered Fall PIllows Supplies

I also purchase fabric medium for the acrylic burnt umber craft paint. It helps to both soften the paint once it's dry and provides even application of paint when stencilling on textured fabric. You simply mix a 1:2 ratio of 1 part fabric medium to two parts acrylic craft paint.

DIY Checkered Fall Pillows Fabric Paint

You saw a foam roller in the supply photo but I ended up not using it. I found it challenging to stencil on the textured fabric because I either had to apply too much pressure on the roller or stencil with a wet brush - both of which caused paint bleed.

I switched to a stencil brush instead and while it took a lot more time, I had zero paint bleed.

DIY Checkered Fall Pillows Stencil Supplies


The how to

Spray the back of the stencil with stencil adhesive but be sure to wait about a minute for the adhesive to set before laying it on the fabric. I also wrapped the perimeter of the stencil with painter's tape to eliminate any accidents with my stencil brush going over the edge and onto the fabric.

If you're wondering why the baby wipes in the photo above...

Stencil Tip

Keep a container of baby wipes on hand to wipe any seeping paint on the back of the stencil before moving to the next pattern repeat.

Insert a piece of cardboard inside the pillowcase to prevent the paint from seeping through to the back.

DIY Checkered Fall Pillows Prep

I swore I took several photos of the stencil process but must have accidentally deleted them with the reject photos for this post. You get a good idea of how the checkered stencilling turned out in the photo below.

The checkers are stencilled using both the dab (up and down motion) and swirl techniques, offloading the excess paint onto a paper towel first.

Once the checkered stencil was dry I centred the Hello Fall stencil on each pillow cover and stencilled it much the same way as the checks except using a multi-surface craft paint in the color vintage white. No need for fabric medium with this paint.

DIY Hello Fall Checkered Pillows

Disclosure: I've included affiliate links in the materials list so you can find what products I used or recommend to make the checkered Fall pillows. See my disclosure policy.


You'll be seeing the Hello Fall stencil used on another easy Fall craft project next week.

DIY Checkered Hello Fall Pillows

For the next few weeks, I'll be sharing several 30 Minute Fall Craft Ideas to help you get your Fall DIY On. I launched the Fall series earlier this week with these super easy Painted Dollar Store Pumpkins. In that post, you may have noticed these pillows in the background.

The wreath hanging on the metal art in some of the photos is another DIY project shared in my Fall Wreath With Mini Banner tutorial. For more Fall Wreath, DIY Pumpkin, and Fall Wall Art inspiration press HERE.

DIY Checkered Fall PIllows


Fall Checkered Pillows DIY


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