Fall Decor Galore

I have been a bit busy the last few days creating fall decor. Some days are just like that. You can’t stop. We’ve had some beautiful fall days in Missouri this week so I took advantage of the weather. It felt good to be outside working on my projects.

First up…. I was going through my fall decor boxes and ran across a box with a bunch of wood cut outs I hadn’t seen since I stored them. It was a jackpot of pumpkins, ghost, cats, and a few other goodies. One pumpkin had a very unique wood grain on the front and back. I just saw someone posted one very similar. It looked like an ostrich! I could see an ostrich in this one, too! Not only that, I saw an owl on the back!

I wasn’t sure what to do with it, but finally settled on using Howard’s Restore-a-Finish to bring out the grain and then I sealed it with Wise Owl salve. I named the Ostrich in a Pumpkin Woodette and the owl Woodsy. Soooo cute!

Then my friend, Midge, had an idea: flowers, a tiara, or crown for Woodette. I happened to have some small sunflowers and with just a dab of glue, they will come right off. I can change them out for each season! I think I might need to make Woodette a princess for Halloween and find a little crown for her.

In the same box as my Ostrich in a Pumpkin, I ran across this little shelf sitter or hanger. I passed over it at first, thinking….Wow! The 80s!

But then, I got this fall dish drying mat out of the Dollar Tree bag I just purchased. I realized some of the colors went so well with it and the other fall things I have in the corner of my kitchen. So..now, it is out of the box and in the corner of my kitchen counter. 🙂

Oh no! Another gnome …. after I said no gnomes this year! But the Gnome and Backyard lady had this idea I couldn’t resist. She made a quick and easy gnome out of the small plastic ghosts from Dollar Tree. I spray painted one for the hat with a copper color because that’s what I had on hand and added tiny Dollar Tree sunflowers for embellishment. The other I left white and glued it upside down to the hat. I gassed a wooden bead for his nose. I bought two big ghosts, too, to make a larger gnome.

I spray painted a Dollar Tree wire pumpkin form white with a green stem and attached my cute little gnome to it with jute twine and now have a cute fall door hanger for my front door. He hangs from a magnetic hook on my stork door by the stem

Here’s Gnome and Backyard’s tutorial!

https://fb.watch/fNGj7CnIBk/

This awesome creator also had a tutorial for making a pumpkin out of a Dollar Tree soap saver. What? Check it out! https://fb.watch/fOIcejAF2x/

Of course I had to make one, too. This one I left gray and put it inside a Dollar Tree shadow box. It looks so cute with my gray pumpkins I made (the striped fabric came from DT), but I bought a few more to paint! 🙂

I still hadn’t gotten to my other pumpkin cut outs, so onto more decor!

I made this arrangement in three different sizes and used a Dollar Tree napkin decoupage technique. I was going to add embellishments but I love the rustic vintage look of them just as they are. They stand up on their own and are perfect for shelf sitters or tiered trays.

I also decoupaged a little 3 1/4” square natural wood trinket box. I made the little leaf ladder tall last year. It goes perfectly with this arrangement.

This next project is one of the larger pumpkin cut outs and will stand alone. I glued one of the Dollar Tree faux tin panels to it.

For this finish I did a kind of an aged terra-cotta color I’ve been seeing others do. I painted it with a color I mixed and added just a bit of baking soda to it. Then I sprinkled more baking soda on it while still tacky. After the paint dried I blended the baking soda on with a bit more paint then sealed with a matte sealer. I used a bit of the napkin I was using earlier on the stem.

So pretty! I really enjoy creating a more neutral look for fall decor.

And finally, I ended my marathon crafting this morning. Maybe. Lol I started this project last night and finished today. I still had more pumpkin cut outs in 3 different sizes so painted the face of each with the terra-cotta color I mixed. I used a bit of left over napkin for the stems.

I distressed them a bit with sandpaper and then used the new Dollar Tree brown parchment paper rub on transfers on them. I apologize in advance for finding more of these transfers in different designs. They are so hard to find, but I found these in the same store I found the others in Ballwin, MO on Manchester Road. But, oh how I love working with them and hope they make more. I’ve not seen them online yet, either.

That’s not all! I’m now working on a natural wood napkin decoupage riser and it should be finished soon! 🤷🏼‍♀️

Update: The last of this grouping is complete. 🙂

I had this 12” round wooden plate. I had the fall napkins. I had the decoupage medium. I had some little rub on transfers and the wood beads from the foot exerciser I bought a couple of weeks ago at a yard sale to use for feet. I have items to display.

So I made a riser.

You Made a Pumpkin Out of What???

I am always amazed at the things people can create. I often wonder if they just walk around Dollar Tree thinking how they can turn say….a couple of soap savers (never even knew they had these but there they were back in the back with the bath things) paint them, then turn them into pumpkins.

So…had to do it. I decided to just leave this one gray. And, you know what? It turned out pretty darn cute.

Soap savers. Two in a package.

Here’s the tutorial from “Gnome and Backyard.” https://fb.watch/fLfzdny7tj/

Loving my gray pumpkins!

Update: I wasn’t finished yet! Later, I made another and painted it orange. Love his Winking Owl wine cork stem. Lol

A Transfer on a Vintage Monkeypod Plate

Yesterday, I found a new kind of rub on transfer at Dollar Tree. It is on parchment paper. You rub off just like the other type. I do think, though, after using it, it is more like transferring ink.

I used the sunflower bouquet and transferred it to this Monkeypod plate I thrifted. It is beautiful and so easy to use.

Note: 😳 Do not try to apply wax to seal it. The wax removed the transfer!! I had transferred a whole sheet. 😳 I removed the whole thing, cleaned it well, then just did the bouquet. Maybe it needed to dry or something first, but now I’m afraid to use wax. I think I will just leave it as for about 24 hours and test a little bit on the underside and spray with lacquer.

Fabric Sunflowers

This sunflower is beautiful, don’t you think?

I follow an awesome lady on YouTube….Teresa Greene from Our Greene Acres. She has excellent tutorials. Most of her ideas are shabby chic/farmhouse. They are not always my style, but the things I make from her tutorials usually sell well around my area of Missouri. This one sold within minutes after posting it in my personal Facebook page.

Basically, all you need to make the sunflowers are some type of fabric (the one above is drop cloth for the petals and burlap for the center). You will also need scissors, a little poly fill for the center, some hot glue, and ….. a canning jar lid and ring. This one was a regular mason jar size.

I’m not going to recreate the wheel here for making the sunflower. I will just share Teresa’s tutorial. This project starts at the 16:48 mark. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8wzvB-seb3I&t=616s I will share how I made the stem of mine below.

I wanted to make a sunflower with a long stem but wouldn’t flop over. I wasn’t sure how I would do this so started looking around. Invention truly is the mother of necessity.

I had some faux tulips from Michaels that had long green flexible hollow stems.

I took one of the tulips off and removed the little plastic thing that went into the stem. After finishing my flower, I hot glued it to the back and then hot glued a strip of fabric over it so it would stay in place. I just needed a stick to go inside so I remembered the whittling my dad used to do (I specifically remember him making whistles). So I just whittled the stick to size. Lol

I pushed the stick through the tulip stem (I used two of the hollow stems and pushed them together. I left a little room at the top so I could fold it over and glue it down to the flower.

That still wasn’t strong enough. Then I remembered these green metal hollow sticks I used around my rose bush. One was broken so I broke it off all the way and I had a sturdy stem. I think I originally got them at Lowe’s. They are stakes made to look like stems of plants so they blend in.

I then dropped the stick covered with the tulip stem down the green tube and hot glued it in place. I then folded over the stem at the top and glued it down. That worked just fine. The drop cloth was strong enough that the sunflower didn’t flop too much.

I had this very strange pitcher/mug thing I thrifted several years ago because it was cool and I loved the color. It was perfect for my one long stemmed sunflower. I filled it with left over burlap and added some greenery and wedged my sunflower in place. I love how it all came together!!

The first sunflower I made from Teresa’s tutorial was a hanging one. I used flour sack cloth (from Walmart Craft department) I dyed with left over coffee for the petals and fabric from an old valance for the center to match a pumpkin I had made earlier (another Teresa tutorial). I love how it turned out and how it looks in a fall centerpiece I put together.

Distracted from Cleaning – Creating a Calming Zen Display and Another Use for a Oui Jar

I was starting to clean up my messes (and put a few bags of DT items away) 🙄 and had a bit of a new DT “plank look” rub on transfer from covering the coaster I made yesterday. I also had some pieces of boho looking transfer left from another project …. and a rock.

The DT coasters are actually really nice, but I thought the “plank” rub on transfer might tone this one down some and it did! You can still see the wording even after I sealed it with Mod Podge Pearlized Glaze sealer.

I had a rock and some of that transfer leftover. I looked at the rock, then looked at the transfer, then thought ….I wonder what would happen if I covered the rock with it? Wow! I love the look! I may never paint another rock! Well, as long as I can still find this transfer. Lol

So then, I added some of the boho looking fish transfers and ….Voila’! I had a beautiful little Zen display… and I had something beautiful and calming from practically nothing!

But I wasn’t finished yet!

I’m also putting away some gifted Oui jars. But….the other day I found these wired canning jar lids at Dollar Tree. I wondered if they would fit over a Oui jar since I knew the seals did. Yes, they do. Like a charm!

So, I put into these little jars some of the beautiful Missouri Chicory that grows through cracks in the asphalt in the grassy areas along our roads. I knew the blooms/buds would be mowed down soon, so I cut some. I also had a beautiful goblet I had thrifted the clay “frog” I made the other day and put some blooms/buds in it.

They turned out so pretty! Can you image a big display of different size glass jars and bottles for blooms? You could easily buy a bouquet of real flowers at the grocery store or use blooms from your own garden and do the same.

Boho Wall Hanging

Last night I made a simple macrame boho wall hanging….while I watched TV. It was fairly time consuming so I recommend TV watching while you do this. 🙂

I had a dowel 16” long by 3/4” diameter. A slightly smaller one would work as well. A cut down plunger handle from Dollar Tree would be perfect.

I unraveled the whole nautical rope from Dollar Tree. It made 3 strands. Then I cut those strands in half and I had 6. Then I cut those in half and I had 12.

I attached the 12 strands to the rod with a larks head knot (a basic macrame knot). That was the quick part. Here’s a tutorial on how to attach the strands to the dowel rod: https://www.macrameuk.com/amp/2018/03/02/beginners-macrame-knots-1-larks-head-knot

I know had 24 strands to unravel. The time consuming part was unraveling all the strands until I got the look you see in the photos. Take your time and do just a few strands at a time or you will get it all knotted at the end. Trust me… I know. I did use a dog brush I bought at Dollar Tree for macrame projects and brushed the strands out as much as possible after I separated them. Then I trimmed the bottom a little trying to go at angles toward the center.

I attached a flower and foliage with hot glue. I bought four flower pots with a variety of high end flowers and foliage through an online auction for just $8.50 for all four after fees. They were originally priced at $10 each! What a bargain! If you haven’t tried online auctions, you should!

I then used some of the burlap trim from Dollar Tree to make the hanger. I wrapped some around a small metal book ring from Dollar Tree, hot gluing it as I went around. I took the length of one of the pieces in the package and cut it in half. I wrapped one end of the piece completely around the dowel rod, securing it with hot glue. I did the same for the other side. Then I brought the ends together, put them through the covered ring and hot glued them to the ring on the back side. I did that twice to make them very secure.

I took photos hanging from my fireplace and French Door. I especially love how it looks hanging from a fireplace for summer!!

Nature in a Bottle

This was a quick little project this morning for my kitchen window sill.

I was gifted this awesome bottle with such a cool shape! I think it held some type of oil and vinegar. It had white script writing on the front, but that easily washed off.

I simply placed (well, shoved and rearranged with a chopstick) a sprig of faux greenery and a blue flower bud in the empty bottle.

I whittled down a wine cork to fit the top and that was it!

It will sparkle in the sunlight!

Yard Angel

Meet Agatha, my yard angel. After making some other yard decor yesterday and seeing some cute angels in a garden group I’m in, I knew I had to have one. So I made her this morning…. all by myself …. with materials I had here and my husband’s power tools. Ok … his battery drill with a screwdriver bit. But “power tools” sounds better.

Head and neck: a thrifted cutting board
Halo: a grapevine wreath from Dollar Tree
Hair: bed springs he cut off an old mattress he found on trash pick up day awhile ago. It kept him busy for two days cutting them off. 👍🏻
Necklace: I made gold bells out of big pill bottles for a wreath I made at Christmas. Agatha wanted them for a necklace.
Body: a wonderfully rustic shutter a friend gifted me.
Arms: braces from an old chair
Wings: leftover pieces from my son’s new deck. They were already triangles.
Bag of flowers: tote bag from our trip to Amsterdam several years ago. Flowers from Dollar Tree. I will be changing that out to a watering can soon but I wanted a photo before the rain and the watering can is In my booth for sale right now. Lol

I gave her wings and arms a touch of paint to blend them in.

I screwed the pieces on (I even found that metal stuff with holes in it to attach the wings) and placed her on the hill by the pond.

Thrifting Is Even Better When The Items are Put in Use

Thrifting can be so much fun and when you decide what to do with your finds, it is even better.

Yesterday we made a plant stand from this metal stand that was in a storage unit my husband bought a couple of years ago (just like on Storage Wars Lol)! I had looked at this stand the other day and remembered a metal basket a friend had given me. Sure enough…. it fit. So he put the basket on the stand and secured it, then spray painted the base black. Voila`! Instant plant stand!

I have no idea what it was originally, but there were two of them. One is in our flower bed holding a blue gazing ball I made last year.

Thus cool urn thing was in the storage unit, too. The patina on that urn after being in the weather for a year! ❤️

When I posted this photo in one of my groups, someone asked me if the metal piece on the right was an easel. I hadn’t thought of that but I believe it is now it was pointed out. They suggested adding a frame and centering it over a pretty plant, etc. Now I’m going to have to try that!

I had to borrow my Portulaca (It looks so good right now and has really grown) off my big plant stand to get a photo, but I’m thinking of planting just some ivy so it will trail down the sides. We still have some coming up around the deck we can’t get rid of. Surely I won’t kill it.

Anyway…..it is so much fun making something out of nothing.

Shutter and Iron Wall Art

We had an old and chippy shutter. Danny cut it in half and sanded most of the old paint off the front so that what was left was a combination of natural and some old white paint. The back was painted brown and chipping off so he removed the big chippy pieces but let it as is.

Then, we had this iron vase holder. I learned it was from Southern Living At Home. He centered it and screwed it to the shutter.

We also had a tall wide mouth canning jar and a Bedspring. I put faux flowers and foliage into the Bedspring with the wider part on top and then placed it in the jar with the narrow part at the bottom. The flowers fit snugly into the spring and will not blow or fall out and the spring fit perfectly into the jar.

22 1/2” high x 16” wide