Fall Party Snack Ideas

A recent fall make & take essential oils class prompted a little creativity with essential oil infused recipes.

Fall Make & Take ideas @diyshowoff

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Pumpkin Spice Muffins – I love the ease of making Weight Watchers muffins (and the consistency of the batter).

Ingredients:

essential oil infused pumpkin spice muffins recipe @diyshowoff #essentialoils fall make & take ideas

Directions: Simply add a 15 oz. can of pumpkin to a cake mix (I chose French vanilla this time) and mix. Adding water is optional. I did add about 3/4 c. Mix in 2-4 drops of essential oils. Spoon into muffin cups and bake 20-25 minutes. I topped mine with cream cheese frosting and dust with powdered cinnamon or embellish with edible acorn (Hershey’s Kiss, Nutter Butter mini for top and chocolate chip…but obviously no longer low cal with toppers). Makes 24 muffins!

Cinnamon & Brown Sugar Party Mix

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of each Chex cereal: wheat, cinnamon, honey nut
  • crushed white chocolate covered pretzels (I used 2 small snack sized bags)
  • bag of pecans
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 4 drops of cinnamon bark essential oil
  • 2 packages of mini waffle bowls (24)

brown sugar and cinnamon fall party mix recipe @diyshowoff #essentialoils

Directions: Add everything to a large bowl (with lid) or bag. Shake. Serve in mini-waffle cone bowls. 

Apple Cider Punch (adapted from BHG)

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 gal. apple cider
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 750 ml bottle of sparkling grape juice
  • serve over ice with a drop of cinnamon bark or lemon essential oil

apple cider punch recipe fall make & take ideas @diyshowoff

Add everything to punch bowl or beverage decanter and stir.

Cheese & Cracker Tray – add your choice of essential oils to create a cream cheese spread, a delicious dip or a drop or two to hummus. Add some fresh organic fruit and nuts, etc. 

cheese crackers fruits and nuts party tray - fall make & take ideas @diyshowoff

Pin for future reference!

fall recipes - essential oil infused make & take class ideas Part 2 @diyshowoff

See more autumn related ideas at Fall make & take Part 1 (invitation and DIY fall room spray make & take recipe).

Fall Essential Oils Make & Take Ideas Part 1 @diyshowoff

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DIY Essential Oil Infused Fall Room Spray

Last week I hosted a fun fall celebration for family and friends in my home and wanted to share a few ideas and recipes (great ideas for a fall essential oils 101 Make & take class). I used one of my own fall decor images to create an invitation for make up a Facebook invitation/event.

fall make & take @diyshowoff

Make & Take: a Make & Take is a term used for hosting an essential oils class where guests have the opportunity to make up an essential oil infused gift to take home with them, to sample the benefits of essential oils. My guests made up a fall room spray. 

a DIY essential oil infused fall room spray recipe that's chemical free and smells amazing! @diyshowoff

Essential Oil Infused Room Spray

You’ll need:

  • 2 oz. spray bottles (I love THESE (affiliate link) – glass, fine mist and a lock, great price too)
  • Essential Oils (choose oils like Light the Fire essential oil, fall scented essential oils, mix and match!)
  • epsom salt
  • distilled water
  • labels/stickers/ribbon 

Directions:

Fill spray bottle with distilled water (fill to about 1/2 to 1 inch below the top). Add 5-7 drops of essential oil and a pinch of epsom salt. Embellish spray bottle with a label, fall sticker and ribbon, if desired. Easy!  

a DIY essential oil infused fall room spray recipe that's chemical free and smells amazing! @diyshowoff

a DIY essential oil infused fall room spray recipe that's chemical free and smells amazing! @diyshowoff

Light the Fire essential oil

As an extra little something/thank you gift/party favor…we made up these cute easy DIY monogrammed mini pumpkins.

Monogrammed Mini Pumpkins tutorial @diyshowoff

I created a ‘pumpkin patch’ for guests to pick a pumpkin to monogram with metallic stickers. 

monogrammed mini pumpkins favors DIY @diyshowoff

Pin for future reference: 

Fall Essential Oils Make & Take Ideas Part 1 @diyshowoff

Stop back later this week to get some delicious essential oil infused recipes perfect for celebrating fall! Part 2:

fall recipes - essential oil infused make & take class ideas Part 2 @diyshowoff

Learn more about Young Living essential oils, my story and join me in creating a healthy chemical free home HERE. AND! Get the DIYShowOff welcome bundle for free from me personally! Extra gifts, loads of support. If there is one thing I regret, it’s waiting as long as I did to jump on board. It’s worth the investment as it’s motivated us to truly make healthier choices, sparking a new healthy lifestyle. What are you waiting for? 

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DIY Pumpkin Stencils

DIY Pumpkin Stencil Tutorial 

DIY pumpkin stencils at diyshowoff.com

 

Materials:

  • Pumpkins
  • FrogTape® Multi-Surface
  • Wax paper
  • Spray Paint

DIY pumpkin stencils materials

1. Adhere pieces of FrogTape to wax paper.

2. Using a pattern (I made mine from a piece of paper), freehand or by tracing shapes; create stickers. 

3. Cut out stencils. I folded a few of mine to create more.

FrogTape pumpkin stencil tutorial @diyshowoff DIY FrogTape stencils DIY pumpkin stencils with FrogTape at diyshowoff

4. Remove wax paper backing and apply your DIY FrogTape stencils to the clean, dry surface of a pumpkin.

FrogTape pumpkin stencil tutorial @diyshowoff

5. Use your thumbnail to burnish the edges of the tape and to smooth out creases.

FrogTape pumpkin stencil tutorial @diyshowoff

6. Tape off stem if desired. Spray paint pumpkin.

FrogTape pumpkin stencil tutorial @diyshowoff

7. Paint dried really fast for me since I just did a light coat with some of the pumpkin showing through in most places. After just a few minutes, remove stickers/stencils. 

FrogTape pumpkin stencil tutorial @diyshowoff

Display!

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Disclaimer: I received compensation to complete this project for using FrogTape® products. All opinions, projects and ideas are based on my own experience.

DIY Halloween Witch Hat Candy Dish Decor

This easy DIY Halloween project for the Lowe’s Creative Ideas October challenge has a few uses so I wasn’t sure what to call it. It’s … versatile. 

Witch Hat Halloween Candy Dish

DIY Witch Hat candy dish/serving tray tutorial @diyshwoff

or add chips/pretzels to use as a Halloween serving tray.

or add festive cupcakes for Halloween party display.

or add succulents, small fall flowers/plants to create a Halloween planter.

or a floral arrangement (just pop on a fall wreath) for Halloween decor.

DIY witch hat Halloween centerpiece tutorial

or simply flip the bottom to use as a Halloween Centerpiece

DIY Witch Hat Halloween decor tutorial @diyshwoff

Materials:

DIY Witch Hat candy dish/serving tray tutorial @diyshwoff

EASY tutorial:

1. Using a kitchen knife, we cut out a hole using the inner circle shown on the bottom of the large plastic plant saucer as guide.

DIY Witch Hat candy dish/serving tray tutorial @diyshwoff

2. Spray paint cone and saucer black. I did two coats on the cone, one coat on the already black plant saucer. Let dry.

DIY Witch Hat candy dish/serving tray tutorial @diyshwoff

That’s it! 

Carefully slide onto the cone. Right side up creates a ‘dish’. 

DIY Witch Hat candy dish/serving tray tutorial @diyshwoff DIY Witch Hat candy dish/serving tray tutorial @diyshwoff

Upside down creates a ‘ledge’. Add an old belt for a decorative touch.

DIY Witch Hat Halloween decor tutorial @diyshwoff

 

More ideas: attach faux fall flowers, leaves, spiders, etc. to create a Halloween centerpiece. Hide a vase filled with water under the cone and fill with tall flowers. Add succulents and display outside. Get creative!

DIY witch hat Halloween centerpiece tutorial

Fall LCI

I received a Lowe’s gift card to put towards this challenge. Opinion and above idea is 100% my own. More DIY ideas at Lowe’s Creative Ideas or follow Lowe’s on InstagramPinterest and sign up for the Creative Ideas magazine and app.

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Fall Home Tour {Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours: Fall 2014 Edition}

DIYShowoff Fall Home Tour

Hello friends! It’s time for LOTS of gorgeous fall inspired home tours organized by the creative Lindsay from White Buffalo Styling Company. Woo!

white buffalo styling company

Found your way here from Ashley’s stunning fall decorating at The Handmade Home? Welcome! It’s lovely to meet you and I’m so glad you’re here!

the handmade home

Okay…I really had planned on more fall decorating than I’ve actually completed but with a big 5-0 birthday celebration in Cancun with my love (ahhh…summer ALL the time there!) and a last minute overnight class trip this week, it’s not the grand fall festival reveal I had planned. I know. Boo. I’m running behind schedule. It will evolve as it unfolds over the next couple of weeks in preparation for the rustic woodland themed {October} baby shower planning in the works. (Stay tuned!) But let’s get this show on the road…

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A bit of rustic glam fall dining room for entertaining guests/a few autumn themed dinner parties this season…

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 And some sneak peeks from outside…

outdoor fall decor   fall flowers

DIY fall ideas from DIYShowOff

DIY fall ideas @diyshowoff

Next stop on the Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours {Fall Edition} is Summer’s beautiful home at Simple Stylings

Simple Stylings

Happy fall! Thanks for stopping by! 

Monogrammed Mini Pumpkins

Monogrammed mini pumpkins

Monogrammed Mini Pumpkins tutorial @diyshowoff

Materials:

  • faux mini pumpkins
  • acrylic craft paint
  • glittery alphabet stickers
  • mini paper doilies

Tutorial:

Paint mini faux pumpkins and let dry.

Monogrammed Mini Pumpkins tutorial @diyshowoff

Add a glittery monogram.

monogrammed mini pumpkin placesetting

 

Display on mini-doilies. 

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All set for a beautiful fall themed dinner party. 

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See my fall centerpiece for creating an entire autumn themed tablescape. 

fall centerpiece tutorial at diyshowoff.com

Decorative Fall Centerpiece

Roeshel #MichaelsMakers

The season is changing. Cooler mornings, shorter days and soon pretty leaves. As a part of the Michaels Makers’ team challenge, I’m decorating the dining room table for fall entertaining. 

fall centerpiece tutorial at diyshowoff.com

Fall Centerpiece

Materials: 

fall centerpiece materials #michaelsmakers

 

{all materials purchased from Michaels}

  • birdcage
  • fall floral and wheat picks
  • feathers
  • styrofoam disk
  • small plastic pumpkin
  • ceramic owl
  • pinecones
  • burlap ribbon
  • decorative fall ribbon
  • hot glue

What I did: 

Simply place the styrofoam disk into the bottom of the bird cage.

fall centerpiece materials #michaelsmakers

Layer fall floral pieces (deconstruct using wire cutters if needed) and feathers. Secure with hot glue.

fall centerpiece materials #michaelsmakers  

Weave burlap ribbon between bird cage bars.

fall centerpiece materials #michaelsmakers

Tuck in pieces of ribbon and pinecones. Secure with hot glue.

fall centerpiece materials #michaelsmakers

Add ceramic owl and plastic pumpkin to the inside of the cage. 

fall centerpiece #michaelsmakers

Add height by displaying on a cake plate and/or wood disks. 

fall centerpiece @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

I layered a little bling (sparkly mesh runner) with a little rustic (burlap runner) down the center of my tablecloth. 

fall centerpiece @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

Add wood disks, colorful fall leaves, candles. I topped a pair of gold candlesticks with faux pumpkins for balance and height. 

fall centerpiece @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

Looking for more inspiration? Check out these crafty blog friends: 


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More Fall ideas from Michaels: 

  • Looking for autumn inspiration? Check out Michaels’ Fall Market lookbook.
  • If it’s not table décor that you’re looking for, Michaels has you covered from pumpkin decorating to wreath making, wall art and more. There are all sorts of easy fall and holiday themed projects for your whole house on Michaels’ Fall Project Page.
  • It’s time to start pinning for the fall! Browse Michaels’ Fall Ideas Pinterest board to get started.

As a member of the Michaels’ Makers team, I receive a gift card to complete and share fun craft challenges.

Michaels.com: Your 24-hour Arts & Crafts Store

DIY Fall Festival Linky Party ~ Autumn/Thanksgiving Highlights

The past week sure has flown by! Sorry for the late start today to the DIY Fall Festival, a little chaos on the technical end. Last week’s Fall party was filled with so much inspiration! WOW! You all are so awesome! Here are some Thanksgiving/fall highlights…

I love the fall living room changes from Marty at a Stroll Thru Life…perfect for fall and so cozy!

a stroll thru life - fall  autumn living room

There’s still time to whip together this beautiful harvest circle felt leaf pillow, something you’ll cherish every year. Great tutorial at The Sweet Survival.

harvest circle felt leaves accent pillow - The Sweet Survival

Tricia from Simplicity in the south shares her sweet fall decorating and a free printable Thanksgiving banner – great way to dress up your existing Thanksgiving decor. Thanks, Tricia!

fall decor and thanksgiving printable - Simplicity in the South

Got something AUTUMN/FALL/THANKSGIVING related to share? Time to show off!

DIY Show Off Fall Festival Party

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This week will be the last DIY Fall Festival of the season. Thanks so much for linking up and sharing your autumn DIY projects. Your projects are such an inspiration to many! Next week is the week before Thanksgiving and the DIY Holiday Highlights party starts…I can’t believe the countdown to Christmas is on! Don’t worry…Thanksgiving DIY posts can be linked up too and highlights for the next two weeks will be Thanksgiving related so bring it on! 🙂

DIY Holiday Highlights

* Thank you SO much to Heather from Larissa Hill Designs for the sweet feature today!

Happy Halloween ~ DIY Fall Festival linky party and Halloween Highlights

Happy Halloween, DIY friends! It’s a day when I miss when my girls were little and I was sewing Halloween costumes and getting the two of them set to head out to trick-or-treating. Now they’re grown up and we live in a location with ZERO trick-or-treat’ers coming to the door…so just another Wed. evening around here {and actually it’s been postponed until Saturday due to rain and heavy winds} but it doesn’t stop me from taking time out to appreciate your Halloween craftiness!

I LOVE the entire Halloween mantel over at Days of Chalk and Chocolate but especially her Halloween glam wreath:

Halloween glam wreath

Lynda from Focal Point Styling always does an amazing job at well, “styling’ and seasonal is no exception. Her harvest entry is so warm and welcoming…

Harvest entryway at Focal Point Styling

and the spooky Halloween entryway inside is enough to chase me right back out…

Focal Point Styling spooky Halloween entryway

She has some more awesome Halloween decorating ideas you’ll want to check out too and I LOVE her steampunk Halloween collection.

Courtney from A Diamond in the Stuff has a GREAT idea for all of that left over Halloween candy (or in my case since we don’t get trick-or-treaters…clearanced Halloween candy!)…Halloween Candy Bark. YUM!

halloween candy bark

Got something AUTUMN/FALL/HALLOWEEN related to share? Time to show off!

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Next week will be the last DIY Fall Festival of the season. Thanks so much for linking up and sharing your autumn DIY projects. The week before Thanksgiving, the DIY Holiday Highlights party starts…I can’t believe the countdown to Christmas is on!

DIY Holiday Highlights

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DIY Fall Festival and Fall Highlights

Last week’s DIY Fall Festival was filled with so many cute fall and Halloween ideas. You’ll want to visit these few favorites…

I love this whimsical tulle Halloween wreath by Little White House on the Seaside…

tulle halloween wreath

Angela from Number Fifty-Three shares her mom’s warm and welcoming rustic autumn home tour

Speaking of mom’s home tours, did you also see the inspiration over at Dear Emmeline? It’s her mom’s beautiful fall home tour

Got something AUTUMN/FALL/HALLOWEEN related to share? Time to show off!

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DIY Fall Festival and Halloween Highlights

The past week sure has flown by! Sorry for the late start today to the DIY Fall Festival (2 posts today!), but have you seen the awesome HUGE giveaways this week? WOW! You’re not going to want to miss them! {see side bar for links}. NOW, it’s time to share more fall DIY! Since it’s creeping up on Halloween, I chose to share a few awesome Halloween DIY from some pretty talented blog friends who shared by linking up last week {decorating with natural elements for Fall}.

DIY Fall Festival

I love {chills} this spooky skull Halloween mantel over at Anthingology. Frightening fabulousness – my favorite part is the skulls and skeletons in costume jewelry. It’d lure me in…then the skeletons and ravens would get me! YIPES!

skeleton mantel at Anythingology blog

You’re in for a {trick-or} treat over at Dixie Delights with one super awesome Halloween home tour…mice & ravens! ::scream!:: (She also shares a sweet “Nevermore” printable.)

Halloween Home Tour at Dixie Delights

I jump a mile high every time someone catches me off guard with a “BOO!”. Am I the only one? I prefer the subtle fun of Courtney’s BOO pumpkins at A Diamond in the Stuff…

DIY boo pumpkins - A Diamond in the Stuff blog

I have a confession. I have not read the Harry Potter series or watched the movies. I know, where have I been? Another confession: I’ve been collecting the books from thrift shops and plan to start reading while on vacation next week! Gina from The Shabby Creek Cottage decorated an amazing Harry Potter Halloween mantel…just for her daughters and their love of Harry Potter…

The Shabby Creek Cottage - Harry Potter Halloween mantel

Halloween isn’t my favorite time of year…seriously, I’m a huge chicken. You won’t find me touring a haunted house. Being chased through corn mazes in the dark freaks me out. I CRY when I’m scared. And of course those ghouls and zombies LOVE to target the scaredy cats. I much prefer watching Halloween from a distance. 😉

Got something AUTUMN related to share? Time to show off!

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DIY Fall Festival – 12 Natural Fall Decor Craft Highlights & Linky Party

I’ve done absolutely nothing DIY fall related this past week. Life happens. 🙂 But last every week there have been some awesome (you all are SO creative and crafty) fall projects shared. Here is a collection of neutral, natural, burlap fall and Halloween craft projects:

Karah created a pumpkin using palm frond leaves. SO cool! Of course you can use a similar material or … you know where Karah lives {a tropical vacation destination}, visiting her to collect supplies sounds like a better idea. See her leaf pumpkin tutorial at The Space Between.

palm leaf pumpkin

I don’t sympathize with Karah’s lack of craft supplies in the Caribbean. I love that she comes up with creative solutions using what she has on hand (and free), like the pumpkin above and her fun fall leaf wreath

DIY leaf wreath

Wait! There’s more. Karah’s fall centerpiece ideas are so inspiring…

5 fall centerpiece ideas

Debbie from Confessions of a Plate Addict shared her super cute, super easy DIY Indian corn candle. This is a great last minute project to add in to existing fall decor…

DIY Indian corn candle holder

These girls are so good! Just when I got done visiting one of their links, I move on to the next and it’s them again with another natural fall decorating project! Debbie also shares a tutorial for making this gorgeous dried corn garland – how clever and so fall-festive!

DIY dried corn garland

One thing I’m missing in my decor this year is a fall wreath. I’m so inspired by the neutral natural wreath made with canvas, burlap, dried roses and dried hydrangeas at Craftberry Bush…

dried fall wreath tutorial

Fall means being cozy and all snuggled up. How about some candlelight for added warmth? Love this idea from Doreen at Hymns and Verses: floating candlelit apples…and hey, if you’re hungry but too warm all wrapped up in your cable-knit throw blankie and pj’s, there’s an apple within easy reach. 😉

DIY floating apple candles

Amanda from Small Home Big Start has some awesome & NECESSARY tips for drying acorns for fall decorating and fall crafts (and some acorn projects). Our yard gets filled {you could surf and will down the little downhill slope if you’re not careful. I imagine the squirrels up there snorting with laughter when it happens}. Tips for drying…

tips for drying acorns

All of those dried acorns are perfect for the natural DIY fall project that Laura from Finding Home shares…gold leaf pine cones and acorns (which I think is perfect for fall and Christmas):

DIY gold leaf acorns and pine cones

Gail from My Repurposed Life dried and dyed her hydrangeas and shares the tutorial on how you can do it too. So pretty!

Dry and Dye Hydrangeas

dried dyed hydrangea

And since my DIY yarn pumpkins are 50% (materials: yarn + real pinecone stems) I’m including them in the round up too. 🙂

decorating for fall

I love fall colors and fall decor but fall also consists of my favorite scents of the year. Lovely Charley shares her recipe for natural fall scents for the home

fall scents for the home

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Countdown to Fall Party!!!

There’s no way to deny that summer is officially over any longer. With shorter days, crisp mornings and cooler evenings, I’ve been wearing sweaters, boots and snuggling under fuzzy throws. We’re still trying to hold off on setting the thermostat to “heat”…it feels too early! But, I’m warming up to the idea of lighting spiced candles and making home more cozy. Once I unburied the dining room this week, I started a little autumn decorating {it’s the only room I really decorate for fall}

autumn mantle

I am so excited to be hosting the Countdown to Fall linky party today! It’s my turn! I’m having so much fun joining my friends from Domestically SpeakingSand & Sisal and It’s So Very Cheri as we celebrate all things fall! {See their projects at the bottom of this post.} And I took a little break from apartment renovating and decorating. I even cleaned up my dining room for your visit today. Welcome! Well, at least what shows in the pictures. Shhh – Don’t tell. 

Countdown to Fall linky party

I was ready to add some rich color to our dining room for the autumn season. So I started with painting a fall leaf onto an old cork board. It still has the pin marks and scars from previous hanging. Anyone else find imperfection charming? Now it’s dark teal, rich red with coppers and golds…”warmth”.

red and teal fall mantle

Obviously I’m not an artist. DIY skills and creativity do not = artistic talent for me. Mr. DIY loves the “lion fish” I painted. What?! Okay, I have to agree that as a leaf, it’s a little sad and after a Google image inquiry, it does sort of resemble a lion fish.

my leaf painting…

teal red fall mantle

lion fish…

red lion fish

But, you know what? We embrace imperfection around here and I love the colors. Besides…it’s art. Unique. One of a kind. It’s precious, right? {you can lie if you feel you need to answer that. lol!} I guarantee no one else has a painting of a leaf from a lion fish tree…I like being different. 🙂 

red teal fall mantle

I’m still playing with it all and next week, you can bet it will all look different but the colors, the theme and that lion fish leaf painting are staying. I do love to rearrange though.

red teal fall decorating

Don’t these colors look amazing together?

red teal orange fall mantel

Materials: “etc.” was a clearance Target find earlier this year, the red and aqua vases are from JoAnns, the orange silk Chinese lanterns in the aqua vase were from Michael’s a few years ago, the silver dollar branches in the red vase are from our yard, the old turquoise insulator turned votive holder is a thrifted treasure, the mini chalkboard is a Shaw Floors/HGTV Home design challenge souvenir, the metallic faux pumpkins are from my long time fall collection. 

Still loving my pallet insert for our faux fireplace too…

red turquoise fall mantle

If you’d like to see more, I shared some more of my fall decorating earlier this week at the DIY Fall Festival…

decorating for fall

Fall Party

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We all would love for you to join the fun, if you haven’t already. We want to see your fall décor, fall crafts, delish fall recipes, fall traditions… anything that is fall related ! There are currently over 200 fall goodies to inspire you!

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MaryAnn from Domestically Speakingfollow shared her fun fall craft when she kicked off the Countdown to Fall party a few weeks ago.

DIY apple art

A special thanks to MaryAnn who organized this fun fall event and for inviting me to participate! The second week, hosted by Kim from Sand & Sisal welcomed us with a festive fall front door…

Fall Front Porch by Sand & Sisal Thumbnail

And last week, Cheri from It’s So Very Cheri baked a delicious autumn recipe for the Countdown to Fall get-together. Delicious!

pumpkin brownies

DIY Fall Festival – sharing festival fall ideas

DIY Fall Festival

Welcome back to the week DIY Fall Festival! You’re invited to share your fall craftiness and autumn decorating or browse the links to visit our festive blog friends already all decked out for fall! There were so many great links in last week’s Fall Festival! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful inspiring fall decorating!

fall decorating

This week, I took a little break from apartment renovation part 1249 to start to decorate for fall. I only decorate the dining room for fall. My DIY yarn pumpkins look so pretty on these candle pedestals. I love mixing a little aqua/teal with traditional autumn colors of golds, oranges, reds, browns…

yarn pumpkins

I’m still working on a fall centerpiece, but these accents I already had on hand {vintage tin, dried flowers, candles, oval wooden tray} do the trick for now…

autumn centerpiece

I’m not a fan of our current dining room light fixture, so you’ll often find me disguising it with wreaths, garland and candles. So festive and so pretty…

up close:

decorated chandelier

from a distance:

fall dining room

Come back Friday when I share my fall mantel. Here’s a sneak peek:

fall chandelier

Sharing my fall decorating/vignette with Kate this week:

I’ll be hosting the Countdown to fall party on Friday! Woo hoo! Hope to see you there….um, “here”! 🙂

Countdown to Fall linky party

Got something AUTUMN related to share? Time to show off!

DIY Show Off Fall Festival Party

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  • Link YOUR NEW FALL DO-IT-YOURSELF projects only please! If linking an old project, please reintroduce in a Fall 2012 post to share.
  • Please link back to this party in some way.
  • By linking up you give permission to be a favorite fall DIY feature {with a link back your site}.
  • I will share links to your post on Facebook, Twitter, G+ and Pinterest. Feel free to do the same! Thanks!



Next week the DIY Fall Festival will be replaced with a special October party you won’t want to miss. I’m excited to be kicking off the event and joining these sweet blog friends…

DIY Showoff Get ready to celebrate everything fall!