Fall Home Tour: Front Porch and Fall Mantle Inspiration

Fall Home Tour: Front Porch and Mantle Inspiration plus 8 other bloggers share how they decorate their homes for the fall!

I love Fall.  I love the bright colors of the leaves as they change.  I love the cooler weather.  I love pumpkins and cornstalks and sunflowers.  So it should come as no surprise that these are the things I use and think about as I decorate my home for the change of season from summer to fall.  I’ve teamed up with At Home (who has graciously sponsored this post) to bring you some fall inspiration for your home.

As much as I would love to decorate more areas of my home, I have to take into account storage space and the fact that I’ve got a couple of little kids running around who love to explore and touch everything.  So this year, I decided to focus on two areas of my home: the front porch and the mantle.

First, I’ll show you my porch.

Fall Home Tour: Front Porch and Mantle Inspiration plus 8 other bloggers share how they decorate their homes for the fall!

The reds, oranges, yellows and greens of fall make for the perfect colors to contrast my darker exterior and I think the items I used really pop.

For my door, I made this flowers and berries wreath.  You can check out the tutorial HERE.

Fall Home Tour: Front Porch and Mantle Inspiration plus 8 other bloggers share how they decorate their homes for the fall!

I slowly started adding decor on either side of the door to fill in the space.  A small bale of hay from the craft store and this darling pumpkin from At Home helped tie in the colors I used on the wreath.

Fall Home Tour: Front Porch and Mantle Inspiration plus 8 other bloggers share how they decorate their homes for the fall!

Then I placed a sign on the opposite side with a mini pumpkin and another pumpkin from At Home which lights up.  I also love that it is a grapevine pumpkin because that also ties in with my grapevine wreath.

Fall Home Tour: Front Porch and Mantle Inspiration plus 8 other bloggers share how they decorate their homes for the fall!

Fall Home Tour: Front Porch and Mantle Inspiration plus 8 other bloggers share how they decorate their homes for the fall!

Fall Home Tour: Front Porch and Mantle Inspiration plus 8 other bloggers share how they decorate their homes for the fall!

Right in front of the door, I placed a new leaf mat.  It tends to get rainy where I live in the fall so mats are always a good idea.

Fall Home Tour: Front Porch and Mantle Inspiration plus 8 other bloggers share how they decorate their homes for the fall!

The final touch was a leaf garland.  I used two 6 ft lengths of garland and some tape to connect them.  Then I used a couple of 3M command hooks at each corner and hooked the links of the garland around them.  It’s held up really well and I love that I can just take the hooks down when I’m ready to remove the garland.

Fall Home Tour: Front Porch and Mantle Inspiration plus 8 other bloggers share how they decorate their homes for the fall!

If you’d like to check out the items I used as part of my porch decor, I’ve included a list below of where each item came from and links where applicable.

Fall Flowers and Berries Wreath  |  Tutorial by Me
Fall Leaf Garland  |  At Home
Hay Bale  |  JoAnn’s (they also carry them at At Home)
Harvest Sign  |  At Home
Grapevine Pumpkin  |  At Home
Leaf Mat  |  At Home

Now for the mantle.

If you’ve been around my blog for a while, you might remember my Spring/Easter Mantle and my Summer Mantle.  This is the main place that I decorate for holidays/seasons because it still allows me to have my decor out and is mostly ignored by my children.  (Also, this is not technically a mantle, but I use it the same as if I had one.)

Fall Home Tour: Front Porch and Mantle Inspiration plus 8 other bloggers share how they decorate their homes for the fall!

I generally have a wreath but decided to go a different direction when I saw this canvas at At Home.  It seemed so warm and cozy to me and reminds me of when I visited New England a few years ago in the fall.

To fill in the space on either side of the canvas, I used a combination of items I already had and new things to fit my style from At Home.  You might recognize the hurricane vases I made last fall.  I use them almost year round because they allow for so much flexibility in decor due to the fact that I can easily swap out whatever is inside.

Fall Home Tour: Front Porch and Mantle Inspiration plus 8 other bloggers share how they decorate their homes for the fall!

Fall Home Tour: Front Porch and Mantle Inspiration plus 8 other bloggers share how they decorate their homes for the fall!

Then, I printed out a couple of pictures of my kids from last fall and put them in the two frames.  If your kids are anything like mine, they love to see pictures of themselves. Plus, I think my kids are pretty cute too.  *wink*

Fall Home Tour: Front Porch and Mantle Inspiration plus 8 other bloggers share how they decorate their homes for the fall!

Again, here is a breakdown of where each item came from with their corresponding links where applicable.

Hurricane Vases  |  Tutorial by Me
Burlap Table Runner  |  Tutorial by Me
Colored Acorns (in hurricane vase)  |  At Home
Pine Cones (in hurricane vase)  |  Walmart
Mini Wood Autumn Sign  |  At Home
Wooden Bowl (similar)  |  At Home
Colored Twine Balls  |  At Home
Red Square Frame  |  Hobby Lobby
Wreath Stand  |  Rod Works (click here for locations)
Fall Canvas  |  At Home
Layered Candle  |  At Home
White Wood Lantern  |  Tai Pan Trading Co.
Orange Stand  |  Hobby Lobby
Green Frame  |  At Home

Happy decorating my friends!

If you’re looking for more amazing Fall inspiration, definitely take some time to look at these other Fall Home Tours by some very talented women!

Fall Home Tour: Front Porch and Mantle Inspiration plus 8 other bloggers share how they decorate their homes for the fall!
At Home With Zan              Making Joy and Pretty Things                 An Alli Event

Fall Home Tour: Front Porch and Mantle Inspiration plus 8 other bloggers share how they decorate their homes for the fall!

Fall Home Tour: Front Porch and Mantle Inspiration plus 8 other bloggers share how they decorate their homes for the fall!
            Thrifty to Nifty                   Craftivity Designs                    Sunshine and Munchkins

Happy Pumpkin Spice Season {FREE} Printable

Fall is officially here!  It’s time to bust out all the pumpkin recipes you’ve been drooling over and pinning if you haven’t done so already.  As for me, I actually made some pumpkin chocolate chip cookies last week and they were so good!  Once I feel the change in the air, I can’t help myself.

In the spirit of the fall season, I’ve taken it upon myself to declare this time of year “Pumpkin Spice Season” due to all the pumpkin spice recipes and smells and drinks going around.

Furthermore, I’ve created a fun little printable for you to put up in your kitchen as you whip up all the pumpkin recipes you want.  Don’t like cooking?  That’s okay!  Go buy some pumpkin bread or pumpkin cookies or pumpkin muffins and then come home and enjoy your new printable.  *wink*

To print, click on the photo for a 5×7 print.

Happy Pumpkin Spice Season {FREE} Printable

Also, double check your printer settings so that it shows a 5×7 size on the preview instead of an 8.5×11.  (See image below.)

Happy Pumpkin Spice Season {FREE} Printable

Enjoy!

Fall Flowers and Berries Wreath

Wreaths are an easy way to add a little decor for any season.  This fall flowers and berries wreath can be made for less than 1/2 the price of a store bought one in about 30 minutes!

While fall might not officially be here for another three days, I think it’s pretty safe to say that fall is here.  I’ve been pulling out my fall decor and even made some pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and spiced apple cider last week.  The air is cooler, which makes it much more enjoyable for my kids to go and play outside and inside we haven’t had the air conditioner on more than a few times this week.  Yes, fall is here whether you want it to be or not.

Today, I’m sharing a super easy tutorial for a fall wreath you can make for about $15.  (I bought all of my supplies at JoAnn’s and everything was 40% off.)  Considering that most store bought wreaths start at about $40, I definitely think that making my own was worth it.  Plus, it only took me about 30 minutes and I was able to make it exactly as I had pictured in my head.  Win!

When it comes to fall wreaths, nothing says fall to me like a grapevine wreath.  They are sturdy, add texture and each one is unique.  So for my wreath, I started with the grapevine as the base.  Then I picked up four large flowers, each a different color.  I chose the kind with clips on the back with the thought that if I wanted to change the flowers out at some point in the future that I’d have the flexibility to do so.  Plus, the individual flowers were more full and prettier than the kind that came in a bunch.  Lastly, I knew I wanted some kind of a berry and so I found these little picks and got 3 of each color bunch (yellow/orange and orange/red).

Wreaths are an easy way to add a little decor for any season.  This fall flowers and berries wreath can be made for less than 1/2 the price of a store bought one in about 30 minutes!

Once I got home, I positioned the flowers on the wreath without clipping them.  I decided it would look nice to arrange the flowers from lightest to darkest.

Wreaths are an easy way to add a little decor for any season.  This fall flowers and berries wreath can be made for less than 1/2 the price of a store bought one in about 30 minutes!

Then I unwrapped each berry pick (using an Xacto knife) so that I had 4-5 smaller bunches.  I could have left the picks all together but doing it this way allowed me to mix the colors together and make them go a little further.  After I separated them, I twisted the ends together so the wire wasn’t poking out and the bunches would hold together.

Wreaths are an easy way to add a little decor for any season.  This fall flowers and berries wreath can be made for less than 1/2 the price of a store bought one in about 30 minutes!

Starting at the top of the cream flower, I began sticking the berry picks into the grapevine wreath, alternating between the two color groups.  I had just enough to go all the way around.

Lastly, I clipped the flowers into place and fluffed them up a bit and adjusted some of the picks, then hung it on my door!  (I use the 3M hooks.)

Wreaths are an easy way to add a little decor for any season.  This fall flowers and berries wreath can be made for less than 1/2 the price of a store bought one in about 30 minutes!

I love the bright fall colors and the way they contrast with my dark door!  My porch is slowly gearing up for fall and I hope to be adding some cornstalks and a few more pumpkins soon.

Wreaths are an easy way to add a little decor for any season.  This fall flowers and berries wreath can be made for less than 1/2 the price of a store bought one in about 30 minutes!

Wreaths are an easy way to add a little decor for any season.  This fall flowers and berries wreath can be made for less than 1/2 the price of a store bought one in about 30 minutes!

Wreaths are an easy way to add a little decor for any season.  This fall flowers and berries wreath can be made for less than 1/2 the price of a store bought one in about 30 minutes!

Wreaths are an easy way to add a little decor for any season.  This fall flowers and berries wreath can be made for less than 1/2 the price of a store bought one in about 30 minutes!

I hope my fall wreath tutorial inspired you to make your own!  If you’re looking for a little more inspiration though, be sure to check out these wreaths below from some very talented ladies!

7 DIY Fall Wreaths to inspire you this fall season!

(from left to right, top to bottom)
Fall Flowers and Berries Wreath (above)  |  Sunshine and Munchkins
Fall Wreath  |  Meet Our Life
Simple DIY Magnolia Wreath  |  Craftivity Designs
DIY Fall Inspired Wreath  |  Restyle It Wright
DIY Fall Wreath  |  Corner 52
DIY Fall Dollar Store Wreath  |  North Country Nest
Leaves and Berries Fall Wreath  |  Making Joy and Pretty Things

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DIY Dollar Store Hurricane Vases

DIY Dollar Store Hurricane Vases--Use dollar store glass vases and candlesticks to make these inexpensive hurricane vases!

When it comes to home decor, I have a hard time committing.  I can find colors that I like, but figuring out the details can be challenging.  Or I find a knick-knack that I love but I’m not sure it’s the right fit for my house.  (This is probably partially due to the fact that I am still trying to nail down my own personal style.)  However, I do have a few items that I consider classic pieces.  One of these is hurricane vases.  I love them because I can easily change out what I put inside to match whatever decor I have up, whether seasonal or part of my everyday home decor.  There are various sizes, shapes and even colors to fit any style.

The unfortunate thing about hurricane vases is that they can be so blasted expensive, with prices ranging from $15-$100 and up depending on the size and material it’s made of.  Yikes!  I don’t have that kind of money in my budget so I started looking around.  Something I noticed is that the name of an item can affect its price.  If you search for “hurricane vase” online, you get higher prices than searching for “glass flower vase”, even if they look like the exact same thing.  And it got me thinking, “Where can I find cheap glass cylinder vases?” The answer is: the dollar store!

So off I went to the dollar store and I found exactly what I was looking for–short and tall glass cylinder vases– and I picked up two of each.  I had decided I wanted them up on a small stand so I also grabbed some glass candlestick holders to glue to the bottom, also from the dollar store.  I brought my purchase home and did a little research on the best type of glue to use for glass.  I’ve used various brands of super glue before on other projects, but not glass and I wanted to make sure the candlestick didn’t come off.  I also wanted the glue to dry clear.  The best solution I found was to use Loctite GO2 Glue.  I bought it at Walmart for about $4.  Armed with glass and glue, I was ready to start.

DIY Dollar Store Hurricane Vases--Use dollar store glass vases and candlesticks to make these inexpensive hurricane vases!

Before gluing the pieces together, I removed the stickers using Goo Gone, then wiped them clean of any residue and let them dry for a few minutes.

DIY Dollar Store Hurricane Vases--Use dollar store glass vases and candlesticks to make these inexpensive hurricane vases!

Then I opened the glue and gently squeezed it around the top part of the candlestick (see picture).  I was fairly generous without letting it get too goopy.  Then I turned the candlestick over and tried to get it as close to center as possible.  This particular glue has a repositionable time frame of 5 minutes so I didn’t stress out about getting it exactly in the right place the first time.  I basically just rotated the vase around and eyeballed it and moved it around until I thought it looked centered.  Then I repeated the steps on the other 3 vases/candlesticks.

DIY Dollar Store Hurricane Vases--Use dollar store glass vases and candlesticks to make these inexpensive hurricane vases!

The cure time for the glue I used is 24 hours, so after a few hours on the counter to let it set, I moved the vases to a more out of the way place to avoid getting them knocked over or touched by curious little hands.

*Note: If you use a glue other than the one I used, be sure to check the repositionable time, set time and cure time so you know how much time you are working with.

DIY Dollar Store Hurricane Vases--Use dollar store glass vases and candlesticks to make these inexpensive hurricane vases!

After the 24 hours were up, I turned the vases over and inspected my work and they looked awesome!  The glue dried clear and strong and they looked store bought rather than handmade.

Since I’ve got a Thanksgiving/fall theme going on at my house right now, I filled one small vase with popcorn kernels and a small votive candle.  The larger vase is filled with small pine cones.  I also tied some cute ribbon around my vases to add to the overall look and tie it into the theme.  When Christmas (or any other holiday/season) comes around, I will swap in something else.

DIY Dollar Store Hurricane Vases--Use dollar store glass vases and candlesticks to make these inexpensive hurricane vases!

DIY Dollar Store Hurricane Vases--Use dollar store glass vases and candlesticks to make these inexpensive hurricane vases!

DIY Dollar Store Hurricane Vases--Use dollar store glass vases and candlesticks to make these inexpensive hurricane vases!
Want to make a burlap table runner?  Check out this tutorial!

Not sure what to put in your hurricane vase?  No problem!  I’ve compiled a list of ideas of items for both holidays and everyday decor.  They would also be great to use for parties and fill with treats or other items.  You can get a lot of these items from the dollar store!

Items to fill vases (Holiday)

  • Valentine’s Day: red cinnamon candy, conversation hearts
  • St. Patrick’s Day: plastic gold coins, rainbow candy (like Skittles)
  • Easter: Peeps, plastic eggs
  • Independence Day: flags, sparklers
  • Halloween: skulls, plastic rats, candy corn, anything you’d fill an apothecary jar with
  • Thanksgiving: popcorn kernels, acorns
  • Christmas: small ball ornaments, bells, cinnamon sticks, pine cones

Items to fill vases (Everyday)

  • Shells
  • Candle
  • Flowers
  • Potpourri
  • Plastic fruit, like lemons, limes or oranges
  • Sticks/Branches
  • Glass beads

Hurricane vases are so versatile and for a few dollars you can use them year round as part of your decor!

DIY Dollar Store Hurricane Vases--Use dollar store glass vases and candlesticks to make these inexpensive hurricane vases!

What do you like to decorate with year round?  Do you have other suggestions for what to put in hurricane vases?

6 Simple Ways to "Halloween-ify" Your Home {plus a FREE printable}

So…Halloween is next week and you might be like me and realize that there’s not much Halloween-ish-ness going on at your house.  While I do like to decorate during the holidays, I generally just have a few places in the main living area that I put up decorations.  (I’ve also got littles in my house who like to play with the decor if it’s not out of reach.)  I’m not into creepy or spooky so my Halloween decor leans more towards pumpkins and witches, rather than skulls and zombies.  But whatever your Halloween decorating style is, there are a few staples that you can’t go wrong with.

Chalkboards:  Chalkboards are a great year-round decor piece because they are so easy to change.  I feel like chalkboards are especially fun in the fall.  Depending on the size of yours, you can put a simple “Happy Halloween” or something a little longer like “Something wicked this way comes…”.  I have a couple of chalkboards in different sizes and shapes that I change out.  I found a cute one at Hobby Lobby the other day for $4 and used my 40% off coupon.  Talk about inexpensive!

Pumpkins:  Maybe this one goes without saying, but I love to decorate with pumpkins in the fall.  Halloween is the obvious time of year with all the jack-o-lanterns popping up everywhere.  Real or fake, carved or not, putting a couple pumpkins on the front porch or on a table will instantly Halloween-ify your home.

Balloon spiders:  My kids love the balloon spider we have up in our front room!  It’s so easy to make and inexpensive too.  You could put multiple ones around the house or on your front porch.  Just pick up a bag of balloons and some crepe paper at the dollar store next time you go.  Unless you’re planning on using black balloons and crepe paper at some other time during the year, you’ll have supplies left over for next year which is that much less that you have to spend on decor.

Spider webs:  There are two different kinds of spider webs you can do: the white polyester kind or black yarn webs.  I usually do the polyester kind but this year I did the black yarn webs and they look so fun around the house!  If you’d like to do some too, check out this tutorial.  Either type of web would look awesome with the balloon spiders (or any spiders).  You can put these webs almost anywhere, including outside on your porch.  Plus, neither one cost much to buy.

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Apothecary Jars:  These jars come in all different shapes and sizes, so feel free to mix and match to create interest.  I bought a couple at Hobby Lobby last year when they were running a sale on their glass items and they only cost me $3-$4.  To make it more Halloween-ish, you just fill them with water and food coloring and finish them off with a label.  I used a chalkboard label and chalk pencils to label my “contents”.  If you don’t want to deal with chalkboard labels, there are lots of free printables available.  I like these labels from Lia Griffith.  If you like the labels from the above picture, click on the link in the caption.

Printables: Speaking of printables, they are easily one of the least expensive ways to change up your decor any time of the year and there are endless possibilities and styles to fit everyone’s preferences.  I have a couple of frames that I cycle through depending on the color scheme I’m using.  And if you like printables, or just need a new one, I’ve created a fun FREE 5×7 printable for you to print out and pop in a frame of your choice.  Put a couple pumpkins next to it and voila!  Instant Halloween-ification!

*Note: Due to differences in monitor colors and printer profiles, there may be some variation with the printed product.

I hope you found some fun ideas to Halloween-ify your home!  What other easy ways do you decorate for Halloween?

DIY No-Sew Burlap Table Runner with Tassels

DIY No-Sew Burlap Table Runner with Tassels--Make this easy burlap table runner.  No sewing required!

With the changing of seasons, I’ve been swapping out my summer decor for more fall themed decor.  I was looking around the house today and noticed that the credenza (fancy word for table) in the front room was looking a little bare and I had two words pop into my head: burlap and runner.  I ran downstairs and grabbed some burlap remnant I’d bought who knows how long ago thinking it would be nice to have on hand.  (I have a hard time resisting the remnants bin.  It’s a problem…)  Turns out that I had the perfect amount to make a cute and easy table runner.

Have you ever used burlap?  Let me tell you some things about it: Burlap is awesome because it gives a little bit of texture, it’s durable, easy to work with and creates a slightly rustic and imperfect bit of decor.  It also feels very fall to me so using it as a table runner for a couple of months out of the year just made sense.

The first thing I noticed when I unrolled my burlap was how curled up and creased it was.  The easiest fix I know of for wrinkles is to iron it.  So I grabbed a squirt bottle and my iron and turned it up to the highest steam setting (which for me was cotton/linen).  I used a fair amount of water on each crease, but not so much that it was soaked.  Then I ran my iron along the creases and wrinkles until it was nice and flat.  Make sure you keep the iron moving across the burlap and don’t let it rest in any one place too long.

DIY No-Sew Burlap Table Runner with Tassels--Make this easy burlap table runner.  No sewing required! 
DIY No-Sew Burlap Table Runner with Tassels--Make this easy burlap table runner.  No sewing required!

Next, I figured out how long and wide I wanted to make my runner.  I had approximately 1/2 yard x 1 yard of burlap, which happened to fit my table perfectly, but it wasn’t cut straight so I evened up the edges really easily by cutting right next to one of the strands all the way down.

Once I had the length and width figured out, I decided to wanted to pull out a few strands on the long sides to give it a little less of a defined edge.

To do the tassels, I pulled about 2 inches of the strands off the ends.  I set those pieces aside to use to tie up the tassels.  It’s really just a preference how long you want the tassels so just keep pulling strands out until you are happy with the length.  (If you pull out too many, you can always just trim the ends to get it back to a length you like.)  Then, gather about 10 strands together and use the pieces you pulled out to tie a nice little knot.  Cut the ends fairly close to the knot so they don’t poke out at a funny angle.

DIY No-Sew Burlap Table Runner with Tassels--Make this easy burlap table runner.  No sewing required!

And there you have it!  A cute, incredibly easy, no-sew burlap table runner!

DIY No-Sew Burlap Table Runner with Tassels--Make this easy burlap table runner.  No sewing required!

DIY No-Sew Burlap Table Runner with Tassels--Make this easy burlap table runner.  No sewing required!

What are some of your favorite ways to use burlap?