Friday, September 21, 2012

Happy Fall Y'all!

Hey, happy fall y'all! I am sure that after my last post about 30 pinterest projects in 30 days, you all have been wondering where I have been & more importantly why have I not done another post?! Well, I have been busy working on a few to share & I promise that you won't be disappointed! With Halloween soon approaching I have dedicated my next post to some fall decor DIY decor projects and I have been running around here like a mad woman all weekend trying to get it all done!

I love to decorate my home and change things up with the seasons, but buying new decor accessories and decorations each season can become hard on the pockets. My goal this year was to set out to decorate the whole house for Halloween for less than $40. Now, keep in mind that we are technically still 'newlyweds' and have only been in our home for a little over a year & 1/2. So that means that we really have NO holiday decor (or very little). Last year I only bought some leaf garland and 2 fake pumpkins. I was nearly 8 months pregnant and surely did not feel like getting my pumpkin of a belly up on a ladder and decorating the whole house! So that's all I had to work with, we are starting from scratch here!


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The first thing I did was search around my house to see what I could use. I dug through storage bins, closets, anywhere something good might be hiding! Here is what I came up with:

- a roll of brown craft paper
- 3 yards of linen fabric
- 2 wooden frames
- scrap wood from other projects
- old family daguerreotype photographs
- some old papers
- newspaper
- scrap booking paper
- felt fabric
- scraps of burlap

(there were a few more items that I found that aren't on the list,
but those I will explain later with another post)

Next thing I did was start searching Pinterest and old magazines that I had for inspiration...
Before I start decorating or getting myself into any craft project, I draw out my plan first. This helps me stay on track whenever I have to run into Michael's or any other store to complete my projects. I write down the supplies that I need & have a guideline to where I am going to place everything in my home once all of my craft projects are completed. I gather everything I need & then get started! Here is the start to our Halloween home decor, I hope you enjoy!


The first thing I ended up making were the "trick" & "treat" banners.
I used about a yard & 1/2 of lenin fabric for each.


To paint the letters, I chose the font that I liked and then printed them out on card stock, cut them out, placed accordingly and traced onto the fabric with a black pen



Next step is to paint in the letters. For this I used Martha Stewart craft 
chalkboard paint because I like the flat matte look of it.




To hang the banners I used two dowel rods and twine, then hot glued the fabric to the dowels. 
NO SEWing!!!



This project total took be about 2 hours to do, but with a baby in the house, 
it honestly look me about 2 days to complete ;)


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For the glass doors in the hutch, I wasn't loving the fact that you could see everything inside. I felt that It took away from the overall look of the decor, so I decided to use newspaper and tape it to the back of the doors for an easy fix.


Other projects that I created included:
These simple Halloween banners that I made out of brown craft paper. I cut out the shape that I wanted, printed the letters off of my computer onto card stock then used double sided tape for adhesive.


I found this skull at Michael's for only $5.99! I placed it on a cake stand for a more "specimen" look


This frame was only $1.99 at Michael's. I covered it with scrap booking paper, lined the inside of the frame with linen fabric, printed the letters off of my computer & made two rosettes out of the left over linen.


This pumpkin was left over from last year. All I did was spray paint it white & hand painted the "C" 


This chalkboard sign was simple and easy to make. I had the extra piece of wood laying around my house, painted it with chalkboard paint & now I have a sign that I can change as the seasons come and go!


This tree has to be one of my favorites! It was actually one of the centerpieces from our wedding. I spray painted it white, wrapped some linen around the bottom wooden box to fit the decor and added the crows (from Michael's: $2.99 & $3.99)


So in TOTAL I only spent $13 on this whole room!
Hoping that this post has inspired you & don't forget, great decor doesn't have to cost you a ton of money!


Check back soon for more Halloween decor to come. For now here is a little sneak peek...




13 comments:

  1. Hello!
    I have discovered your blog right now, and I find it fabulous...
    Greetings from Italy!
    Débora

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  2. I discovered your blog and Pinterest. Love it! Your Halloween decor is adorable. Great job!

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    1. Thanks so much! So glad you enjoy reading :)

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  3. I love your linen signs! So easy. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  4. Found you from LizMarie. Love the Halloween goodies, I will be stealing some of these ideas. Im your newst follower, I'd love you to come visit :)
    Laura @ lifewelive4.blogspot.com

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  5. Love the signs!! what font did you use? Great Job!
    Thanks
    Joanie
    hibiscusranch@aol.com

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    1. I used Perry Gothic from dafont.com it's super close to what she used
      Jen

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  6. Wow this is AWESOME!!! You are one creative gal that's for sure!! Found you through Pinterest!!

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  7. I love it all! I'm especially loving the skeleton head in the cloche! Too spooky!

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  8. I used Perry Gothic and it is very similar to the one she used. So cute thanks for the idea! To save time I used my silhouette and cut the letters out of black card stock and mod podged it to the fabric! Love your house and taste in decor! Thanks for the inspiration!

    www.houseon31main.blogspot.com

    Jen

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  9. Totally enjoyed all your fun Halloween decorations!

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