Simple Fall Decor.

I don’t know about you, but I am just blown away by how fast this fall – this year – has flown by! I mean, it’s Thanksgiving week already?! Whew.

I realize this post is a little bit late in coming, for the DIY-ers out there but maybe this some of this can spark ideas for your Thanksgiving this week or just ideas for next year decor. Here are some simple fall DIYs:

I was asked to make centerpieces for a non-profit event. It was super fun to think of ideas! I went with simple, because of the quantity and picnic-like because of the setting. Mason jars and used cans (washed) wrapped in muslin. Coffee filter flowers. Little candles wrapped with twine. Super simple but cute!

Painted pumpkins, little owl from the $1 section at Target, felt leaves hung from twine and little clothespins. Rug $5 from IKEA and hand painted: so many possibilities!Very simple DIY using nature, a wreath ($1 section at target), fabric scraps to make rolled flowers and a hot glue gun. This is my twist on an idea(found here via Pinterest) making a twig wreath. Chaseyboy even helped with this one.

Super simple and cute! I saw this cinnamon stick wreath idea not long ago on Pinterest that I might have to try out, since I love this one so much and will be sad to take it down!

I am SO anxious to get the ball rolling on Christmas decor! I have already pulled out our boxes of decor from last year and have begun creating new decor to add to this year. Favourite holiday of the year. And it’s even more fun now that Chase is so into helping out.

Anyone else excited about Christmas time?! The season and traditions?! The smells?! Hehe, can’t wait! Putting our decorations up this weekend you can guarantee.

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A Handmade Thanksgiving; DIY Felt Leaves.

Taking a break from the Thanksgiving Day prep and festivities to share a cute little DIY project with you that I found here on Dana Made It. I feel bad that I’m sharing so late, but save the idea for next autumn! I enjoyed making these and they really add an extra fall coziness to the house.

Felt “falling” leaves. Pretty simple, just a little time consuming, but fun and worth it in my opinion. And I bet- even more fun when the kiddos can actually join in and help make them too. I can’t wait for when Chase will do projects {with} me! He pretty much just ran around with the felt and tried to steal my fishing line like twenty times :)

Supplies used:

Felt  (in fall colours) – you can get 4 for $1 at a hobby store

Leaf outline (found here)

Scissors, thread, needle, sharpie marker (I used fine point)

Fishing line (if you want to hang them)

DIY:

Google a leaf outline or print this one off.

Trace and cut it out.

You now have a few options for the leaf look. You can either hand sew simple lines (i personally like that look) or you can use a sewing machine like they did…

Aren’t they cute?! I love them!

I had a super chill day when I did these but if you don’t have time to hand sew or sew them…

you can do this;

Super easy, very quick!

 

Once you’re finished you can either place them on a coffee table or hang them. I personally can’t leave them laying pretty on ours because little hands come and swipe them! :)

 

So pretty, I hung them in 3 windows and saved some for centerpiece decor for Thanksgiving Day.

Save the project for next year if you like it. I am going to be doing some kind of winter garland and snowflake project for this Christmas and I WILL post those in time so you can do them too!

I am disappointed in myself for not getting everything I wanted done for the “Handmade Thanksgiving”. I had some pretty hard down days and am behind in showing and sharing with you so YOU could do projects too. I’m sorry friends! I hope you were still inspired by the few things I did share. Stay tuned for some Handmade Christmas Decor ideas coming soon :)

A Handmade Thanksgiving: A {simple} DIY fall display

This DIY projects costs close to nothing and it is so simple too!

Supplies needed:

Spray paint– you can use whatever colour you want, we just happened to have a brown. I think red would be super pretty and it would be easy to transform it from a fall display to a Christmas one!-

a branch – from the outdoors

newspaper -or something to paint on

hurrican vase– $1 from Dollar Tree (or you can use a vase you already have)

dry beans – check pantry first

one or more leaves- optional

How to DIY:

Spray paint the branch.  Place branch in vase, pour dry beans in (however much you want). Put leaf in (optional).

Then stand back and admire :)

(In case you didn’t see the post about these free printables that I’ve framed, go here to get them for yourself!)

As I was taking some of these photos, the little guy was snacking and I turned to see him doing this (because I had the camera);

Little cheese. So very thankful for him.

Hope you’re inspired to create!

A Handmade Thanksgiving: Paper Acorn Garland

Inspired by another crafty momma over at Smile and Wave.

Here is my…

Paper acorn garland.

You can go here for the supplies she used. I did mine with just paper instead of contact paper and chipboard, but you should still check her list out just in case you want something more durable.

Supplies (I) Used:

two tones of wood scrapbooking paper (craft store)

sisscors, hole punch, hot glue gun

natural jute -it was cheaper than twine and I ended up liking the look better (craft store)

How to DIY;

Simply download acorn and print.

trace and cut out. glue pieces together. punch holes.

string and hang for a super cute (& fairly simple)  fall decor.

I’m currently obsessed with cross process editing (hence the above photos) but here is a photo of the actual colour;

I actually got a little carried away and made enough to string them in the dining room and the living room.

I love it and so does Chase :)

Here is a sneek peek of a {incredibly} simple and cheap DIY I’ll be posting tomorrow;

A Handmade Thanksgiving; {free} fall printables!

Lately I’ve found {many} new inspirational websites and blogs (soon to update my ‘Inspiration’ page, stay tuned). My folder of diy projects and home decor projects is getting huge and makes me {super} anxious/excited for us to get our own home!

 One of recent blog find is an incredibly crafty momma at Craftily Ever After. She’s been making different versions of the ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ posters and they are free to print! Find an unused frame you have lying around (if you’re like us) and print one (or all) of ’em for the last few weeks of fall!

Click here to print ‘Keep Calm and Gobble On’, and  here to print ‘Gather here with grateful hearts’ and here to print ‘Keep Calm and Cranberry On’.

I also found this amazing free printable on The Vintage Dutch Girl

Cute and free :)

Tomorrow my Ted and our camera is back! I will be posting photos of a few fall projects (I ended up using my grandma’s point & shoot because I wanted to take step by step pics) and posting them sometime tomorrow!

My hope in posting ‘A Handmade Thanksgiving’ is that you’re inspired to create too!

A Handmade Thanksgiving 2; corn husk wreath.

 

Corn husk wreath. So typically if I were to hear of a corn husk wreath, I’d probably picture something really ugly or maybe super cheesy…but this turned out so pretty. It’s a modern twist- or at least I think so.( I found this idea on this super awesome crafty called How Does She?. For the tutorial click here!)

 

Supplies you’ll need:

– 1 foam wreath (dollar store)
– HOT GLUE GUN – i used a hot glue gun instead of pins because i made it with pins first and it didn’t work for me!
– 1 8 oz pkg of corn husk (walmart, by the Mexican food)
– paint (optional- i added a deep eggplant purple to mine)

A Handmade Thanksgiving 1; a thankful foundation.

Today starts the beginning of “a handmade Thanksgiving” as I’m calling it. I will be posting simple and affordable DIY projects over the next few weeks. I hope you feel inspired.

I thought this would be a great place to start; a creative idea which inspires us to remember to be thankful and grateful. As I researched quotes for this post, I found myself suddenly aware of how much I have to be thankful for. I am truly blessed. I can guarantee you are too. Of course there are things I wish could be different however when I paused and look inside and around me… I realized, even despite our loss, we are so blessed. We were are blessed to even get the honour of knowing our Eisley-girl and the time we had with her. Tonight, I feel overwhelmed as I realize how blessed we truly are.

I found this really inspiring idea (on Country Living) to write each guest (which could just be family, depending on your plans) a quote relating to thankfulness, gratefulness, etc and have each guest read aloud their quote (or just keep it). Use creative writing to write the quote on a thin strip of paper and then use double-sided take to tape it to their glass. Or make a little card and place it on their plate.

Here are some quotes I found that I really liked and you might too;

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.  ~W.T. Purkiser

If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness.  It will change your life mightily.  ~Gerald Good

“As each day comes to us refreshed and anew, so does my gratitude renew itself daily. The breaking of the sun over the horizon is my grateful heart dawning upon a blessed world. ” — Adabella Radici

Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.  ~Henry Ward Beecher

Seeds of discouragement will not grow in the thankful heart.–Anonymous

Stayed tuned for a lot more DIY projects coming soon; centerpieces, garland, place settings, etc, etc, etc!