Showing posts with label fall crafts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fall crafts. Show all posts

Friday, October 2, 2015

Super Easy Fall Leaf Banner



Today I'm re-sharing one of my favorite fall banner tutorials from last year. I was so excited to bring this little colorful banner out of storage this fall! Happy Crafting Y'all!

I'm ready to get busy with some fall crafting. Are you starting to get that itch too? This is a super easy craft that I've had bookmarked for weeks just waiting for the crafting bug to bite. Well, it bit, so here we go y'all! I originally found this leaf banner on a blog {A Beautiful Mess} that I adore. If you haven't been by, for heavens sakes, swing by soon! For this craft you'll need some felt in your choice of colors, some yarn or thread and a needle to stitch. Ready? Let's get started....


1. Cut leaves. I ran outside and pulled a Dogwood leaf off of a tree and traced it onto some card stock and used that as my template. Easy and free.



2. Stitch the leaves together using yarn or embroidery thread. I chose a fine gauge yarn and an embroidery needle to stitch. Remember to knot the ends so as not to lose any leaves. And like the ladies over at A Beautiful Mess suggest, this is a great craft to do while watching  t.v.! 


3. You can make it as long or short as you like. That's it! You can now sit back and enjoy your Felt Leaf Banner. So easy!


I had lots of fun trying it out in different places around the house. It really brightened up the chalkboard and also looked right at home on our antique hutch. Maybe I should make more than one! I hope you enjoyed this super easy banner craft. Have a great weekend y'all!




Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Happy September {how about an acorn wreath?}

Happy September y'all! I don't know about you, but September officially begins the Fall season for me. My mind starts racing to apple picking, woolly throws, pumpkins and everything Fall! Last year our daughters and I, made an acorn wreath that I immediately fell in love with and hated when I had to take it off of our door to welcome winter. It moved down to the basement, and through each season when I'd wander downstairs to dig around {I shop in my basement, don't you????}, I'd see my sweet little acorn wreath just waiting for Fall. In the last days of August, I couldn't wait another second, and down to the basement I ran to bring that little wreath back upstairs to it's rightful place of honor on our door, where it will greet us every time we come home till it's time to bring out the reds and greens. This wreath held up perfectly in storage. The only thing I did differently this year was deciding not to use a ribbon for hanging. I've found myself in a much simpler style for quite awhile now and hung it directly to the door sans any extras. Simple, woodsy, wonderful. If you remember my tutorial post on it from last year, but didn't get around to making it, I'm re-posting today. Head on outside y'all and start that acorn gathering!





In a recent post, I shared about how important it is to have pretty and tidy porches to welcome guests into your home. If you missed that, you can find it here. And today, I'm going to show you how to dress up your door with a beautiful acorn wreath. This wreath is so easy, fun for the kids, and on the cheap! Let's just jump right in...... here's what you'll need:


Supplies:
  1. LOTS of acorns
  2. A wreath form of your choice and size { I bought a straw wreath for $2.47 from Walmart}
  3. Hot glue gun and extra glue sticks
  4. Satin or burlap ribbon for hanging

First, let's gather those acorns! We have lots in our yard, but they are quite small, so we went to a local park and collected along the walking trail. There were thousands! It's just such a glorious time of year for walking anyway! We took some little bags with us and just collected as we walked. 

Take your wreath form and begin hot gluing each acorn, one by one. It takes a while! My daughter and I plugged in two hot glue guns and tackled it together. See, a great activity to do with your kids! It'll look something like this as you go along:




After a while it will begin to shape up nicely. The point is to cover the top, insides and outsides while leaving the back unfinished so that it will lay nice and flat against your door. If you use a Styrofoam wreath base, I'd recommend spray painting it brown first, so you won't see the green through the acorns. We just kept going using different sizes of acorns until we had it all completed.



I was soooo extremely pleased with the end result! It is so rich and woodsy looking. I just LOVE it so much! A warning, it is quite heavy when it's all done, so please hang it securely. I used an orange satin ribbon with a little bow for the hanging. 



So, what do y'all think? Fallish? And the absolute greatest part...... drum-roll please..... cost: $5.75 !!! Say what?? Yes, only $5.75. Score! So head out this weekend and start some serious nut collecting folks. There are tons of projects using acorns. Have a wonderful weekend and thank you so much for visiting with me today! Enjoy y'all!



Monday, November 3, 2014

Woodland Themed Boy's Room

And moving right along, we've been changing things up a little in Matt's room. A couple of weeks ago, our 'Land of Nod' catalog came in the mail and Matthew and I both LOVED their woodland themed boy's room and I quickly went to work finding free and super thrifty things I could do in his room to give it a woodsy feel on the cheap! Does our room look just like the one in the 'Land of Nod' catalog, heck no, but their picture gave us lots of inspiration ideas that we could turn into our very own woodland room. Here's what we came up with:




1. Make your own faux sheepskin rug! Tutorial for that coming this Friday on the blog! {$20 for a 4x6 size rug}
2. Buy some plaid flannel to make a throw pillow for the bed {$3}




3. Make pine cone garlands out of pine cones found on our nature walks {free}



4. Bring in a quilt from another room to layer on his bed {free}
5. Cut some evergreen branches and put in a pot for a woodsy feel {free}



6. Bring in a large log to use as a bedside table {free}

7. Have kids make some art for the walls {free}





Grand Total:
$23

And the best part, besides the dirt cheap cost, momma and boy, both happy! This DIY rug is so cool because it can be thrown right in the wash when needed. Love that! Remember to come back Friday for the easy tutorial on making your own throw rug out of any kind of fur! 


Decorating should be FUN! Even if you're working with a humble budget, you can still fancy up your home! Don't ever let limited funds stop you from making your house your own!

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Little Farm Retreat {renewing the spirits of women}

So, this just happened.........

and it was a dream come true! I want to encourage you to identify your passion...... right now, don't put it off. Once you've pinned it down, don't wait, pursue this passion! As women, we spend every day giving to so many people both in our homes and outside. All this giving can leave us totally depleted and unless you've taken the time to identify your passion and pursue it, you are running the risk of burnout. Physically and mentally, you must be renewed! 




My dream was to host a retreat for women where they could come and be restored and renewed. I DID it! We crafted, chatted, giggled, ate lots of yummies around the fire and bathed in a renewing spirit. It was everything I had dreamed of. The women that attended, with all their unique gifts, fed me in ways that only other women can. They each brought different personalities and talents to the evening and it was an awe inspiring mix





I encourage you to STOP and THINK what it is that makes you joyful and then put one foot in front of the other and step toward your passion. The next Little Farm Retreat will be a Christmas retreat and it will take place on December 6th, so if you are in the area, send me your info and I'll get you registered {more info about registration will be here on the blog in mid-November}. Have a passion-filled week y'all!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Another Fall Porch..... I Promise I'm Done Now!



Our garage porch gets LOTS of traffic. It's the most used porch on our house. We're just not front door kind of people and neither are our friends. Back door friends are the absolute best friends anyway, right? A few months back I did a post about the potting bench that calls this porch home {if you missed that post, you can find it here}. 
I still just love this little potting bench, but it needed some simple FALL-ifying. So, I moved some things around, and rummaged through some boxes in the basement, and now I'm in love all over again.




This little spot makes me smile every time I pull into the garage. And for some reason, I really haven't done much of anything inside the house to welcome fall, but I've really enjoyed re-doing our porches. Decorating for the seasons doesn't have to put you in the poor house. Shop around your house and your yard first and then decide if you really need to purchase an item. Often, you have something already, that when moved to a different spot, suddenly seems bright and new again. This is one of my best tricks for decorating on a budget and I use this little trick all the time. This has allowed me to enjoy decorating while spending very little for many years {it also keeps my hubby very happy}. 

I'm so glad you could join me today. Thanks for visiting! And remember, I love to hear from y'all, so chat it up in the comments below!


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Friday, September 26, 2014

DIY: Easy Fall Acorn Wreath



In a recent post, I shared about how important it is to have pretty and tidy porches to welcome guests into your home. If you missed that, you can find it here. And today, I'm going to show you how to dress up your door with a beautiful acorn wreath. This wreath is so easy, fun for the kids, and on the cheap! Let's just jump right in...... here's what you'll need:


Supplies:
  1. LOTS of acorns
  2. A wreath form of your choice and size { I bought a straw wreath for $2.47 from Walmart}
  3. Hot glue gun and extra glue sticks
  4. Satin or burlap ribbon for hanging

First, let's gather those acorns! We have lots in our yard, but they are quite small, so we went to a local park and collected along the walking trail. There were thousands! It's just such a glorious time of year for walking anyway! We took some little bags with us and just collected as we walked. 

Take your wreath form and begin hot gluing each acorn, one by one. It takes a while! My daughter and I plugged in two hot glue guns and tackled it together. See, a great activity to do with your kids! It'll look something like this as you go along:




After a while it will begin to shape up nicely. The point is to cover the top, insides and outsides while leaving the back unfinished so that it will lay nice and flat against your door. If you use a Styrofoam wreath base, I'd recommend spray painting it brown first, so you won't see the green through the acorns. We just kept going using different sizes of acorns until we had it all completed.



I was soooo extremely pleased with the end result! It is so rich and woodsy looking. I just LOVE it so much! A warning, it is quite heavy when it's all done, so please hang it securely. I used an orange satin ribbon with a little bow for the hanging. 



So, what do y'all think? Fallish? And the absolute greatest part...... drum-roll please..... cost: $5.75 !!! Say what?? Yes, only $5.75. Score! So head out this weekend and start some serious nut collecting folks. There are tons of projects using acorns. Have a wonderful weekend and thank you so much for visiting with me today! Enjoy y'all!


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Friday, September 12, 2014

DIY: Easy Felt Leaf Banner



I'm ready to get busy with some fall crafting. Are you starting to get that itch too? This is a super easy craft that I've had bookmarked for weeks just waiting for the crafting bug to bite. Well, it bit, so here we go y'all! I originally found this leaf banner on a blog {A Beautiful Mess} that I adore. If you haven't been by, for heavens sakes, swing by soon! For this craft you'll need some felt in your choice of colors, some yarn or thread and a needle to stitch. Ready? Let's get started....


1. Cut leaves. I ran outside and pulled a Dogwood leaf off of a tree and traced it onto some card stock and used that as my template. Easy and free.



2. Stitch the leaves together using yarn or embroidery thread. I chose a fine gauge yarn and an embroidery needle to stitch. Remember to knot the ends so as not to lose any leaves. And like the ladies over at A Beautiful Mess suggest, this is a great craft to do while watching  t.v.! 


3. You can make it as long or short as you like. That's it! You can now sit back and enjoy your Felt Leaf Banner. So easy!





I had lots of fun trying it out in different places around the house. It really brightened up the chalkboard and also looked right at home on our antique hutch. Maybe I should make more than one! I hope you enjoyed this super easy banner craft. Have a great weekend y'all!


Linking At:

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