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!

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. 

My summer reading list + top summertime fabric picks

I mentioned last week that summertime is when our family reconnects with our local library and I shared my creative, DIY way for keeping track of library books.

Today I wanted to share my summer reading list with you. You’ll notice I’m a big fan of non-fiction, self-help books. But I also include some great home and garden eye candy books, an epic fictional story, and my favorite book of all time. Click on the book titles for more information.*

1. “The More You Do the Better You Feel: How to Overcome Procrastination and Live a Happier Life” by David Parker

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I like this book because the author shares his personal story of overcoming debilitating procrastination and depression. He explores the “why” behind our “stuck” and offers practical strategies for moving forward. It’s truly motivating and thought-provoking.

2. “The Nautical Home: Coastline-inspired Ideas to Decorate with Seaside Spirit” by Anna Ornberg

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3. “Nantucket Cottages and Gardens: Charming Spaces on the Faraway Isle” by Leslie Linsley

These two books are absolutely perfect summertime coffee table books. We live near a lake, so I love to infuse my home with nautical-themed decor. These books deliver the inspiration I need to create that coastal feel.

4. “Flip: How to Find, Fix, and Sell Houses for Profit” by Rick Villani and Clay Davis

It’s been a dream of mine for many years to buy a run-down property, fix it up, and sell it for profit. I’m finally at a spot in my life where this dream may soon become a reality. I’ll be sharing more details about that endeavor in later posts. But for now, I’m immersed in this book, which is jam-packed full of practical, easy-to-understand instructions for a successful flip. This is a must read for anyone interested in speculative real estate ventures.

5. “The Shack” by William Paul Young

This fictional story of tragedy and healing help to answer that timeless question, “Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?” If you haven’t read this book, get it now. It will forever change the way you view God.

Of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention my favorite book of all time.

Bible

I try to read a bit of the Bible every day. The wisdom and insight found in this book is constantly life-changing for me. It puts all things in perspective.

Before I wrap things up today, I wanted to share a few of my favorite fabric picks for summer. Terry’s Fabrics interviewed me recently and, as a result, they put together a Designer Insights page that explains my thought process when designing and decorating a room. Also included are my top fabric choices this season. Check out the article here.

Terry's Fabric

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