10 easy DIY fall decorations

Today I wanted to share with you 10 easy (and thrifty) DIY fall decorations you can complete in a few hours. Some of the projects I’ve done myself; others are ones I want to try soon. Click on the project title or photo to be taken to the tutorial post.

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1. Easy fall chalkboard art

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2. DIY apple candle

DIY apple candle

3. Wooden block letters

Wooden block letters

4. Thankful tree

Thankful tree

5. Festive fall banister

Fall banister

6. Fabric pumpkins

Fabric pumpkins

7. Gilded leaf art

Gilded leaf art

8. Pottery Barn knockoff birch candles

Pottery Barn Painted Birch candles

9. Halloween ribbon wreath

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10. Sheet music pumpkin

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I hope this helps get you in the mood for fall. It certainly worked for me!

Crafty Box Tops for Education bin (plus my favorite breakfast casserole recipe)

Earlier this week, I mentioned how the Box Tops for Education™ program benefits our family and our school. We are a Box Top-collecting bunch!

Today I wanted to share a crafty idea for creating a Box Tops collection bin for your home or child’s classroom. I’m also including a recipe for my all-time-favorite breakfast casserole.

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I made this countertop-worthy Box Tops bin yesterday using a canister I bought at Walmart for $1.97 – plus a few materials from around the house.

Materials-list

Items you’ll need to replicate this project:

  • Plastic canister with removable lid
  • Metallic spray paint
  • Chalkboard spray paint
  • Painter’s tape
  • Chalk marker
  • Large drill bit and craft knife (optional)

Step 1: Remove the label from the front of the canister. Place it on a sheet of plastic and spray it with a coat of chalkboard paint. After it dries, stick the label back on the canister.

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Step 2: Drill a hole in the canister top. Painter’s tape may help keep the plastic from cracking.

Drilling-hole-in-top

I had the misfortune of damaging the lid during this step. So I applied a few coats of painter’s tape and cut out a hole in the tape using a craft knife. If you want to avoid the chance of breaking the plastic top, you can skip the hole-drilling step.

Fixing-top

Step 3: Spray the plastic lid with a few coats of your favorite metallic spray paint.

Step 4: While the lid dries, print out the words for the chalkboard label on regular printer paper. Then use my chalkboard transfer method to create a carbon copy of the words on the label.

Chalk-outline

Step 5: Fill in the chalk outline with a chalkboard marker. Done!

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To help fill up your new Box Tops bin, consider purchasing participating products at Walmart. Right now, Walmart has Bonus Box Tops available on select General Mills® products.

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I made my favorite breakfast casserole using Pillsbury™ Crescent Rolls. A total of five Box Tops are included on each package right now!

Easy breakfast casserole

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Ingredients:

  • 1 can Pillsbury™ Crescent Rolls
  • 1 lb. of your favorite ground sausage
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the bottom of a 9×13-inch pan. Spread the crescent rolls on the bottom. After frying the sausage, sprinkle it on top of the rolls. Mix up the eggs and milk (I salt and pepper this mixture), then pour it over the sausage and rolls. Sprinkle cheese on top. Bake for about 35 minutes or until eggs look done. Enjoy! 

Does your family collect Box Tops for Education? Learn more about Box Tops at Walmart here.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills®. The opinions and text are all mine.

Quick and easy fall craft (plus a stain and poly comparison video)

My fall craft mojo has kicked into full gear, mostly because I took a run today that was so freakin’ hot I truly thought I was going to melt into a puddle of my own sweat. Yep. I am now officially ready for cooler weather.

Today I wanted to share with you a simple and inexpensive fall craft you can complete in one toddler nap time. True story.

Fall-chalkboard-art

Supplies you’ll need for this project:

  • Wooden frame (Mine is a Crates and Pallet version – available at Home Depot – but you could use any leftover frame you have on hand, provided it still has its cardboard backing intact.)
  • Chalkboard spray paint 
  • Wood stain in a cherry finish
  • Chalk and chalk markers
  • Regular printer paper
  • Polyurethane to seal the frame (optional)

Below are the step-by-step instructions and a quick video* that shows exactly how I made this craft project. I also include in the video a demonstration comparing a few different stains and polyurethanes.

Step 1: Stain the frame.

Step 2: Spray the frame’s cardboard backing with a coat of chalkboard paint.

Step 3: While the frame and cardboard dry, design and print out the words for your art on regular printer paper. I created my design in a simple Word document.

Step 4: Take a piece of regular chalk and rub it onto the back of all your paper printouts.

Step 5: Position the paper printouts onto the chalkboard-painted cardboard (make sure the paint is dry first).

Step 6: Take a blunt pencil and trace the outline of your printed words. (This will transfer a faint chalk “carbon copy” onto the cardboard. You can see another example of this method here.)

Step 7: Fill in the chalk outline using chalk markers of your choice. Done!

Have you done any fall crafting yet?

*Special thanks to Rust-Oleum for sponsoring the video featured in this post and to Crates and Pallet for providing the frame used for this craft project.