That DIY Party Highlights – Fall & Thanksgiving Ideas

One prominent theme to the links in That DIY Party this time of year is fall. I love these beautiful ideas and decorating for some perfect Thanksgiving inspiration:  Thanksgiving DIY

Fall Home Tour at So Much Better with Age

fall-table at So Much Better with Age  

Fall fun at Reposhure Studio

fall decorating at Reposhture

Cute felted acorns (no wool/no water) at Carolyns Homework

felted acorns at Carolyns Homework

Rustic pumpkins at DIY Swank

rustic pumpkins at DIY Swank

DIY Fall branches at Lilacs and Longhorns

DIY fall branches at Lilacs and Longhorns

Simple hydrangea pumpkin arrangement, setting a fall table at DaisyMaeBelle

Pumpkin-hydrangea-arrangement at DaisyMaeBelle

also, a DIY wheat wreath

fall wheat wreath at DaisyMaeBelle  

Paper Leaf Wreath at Nalles House

Paper Leaf Wreath at Nalles House  

Fall at the Wood Grain Cottage

fall at the Wood Grain Cottage

Fall decorating at the Turquoise Home

Fall-Dining-Room-Tablescape-at the Turquoise Home  

Free HARVEST printable at DIY Swank

Harvest.Banner.Printable at DIY Swank

Thanksgiving Table at Kathe with an E

thanksgiving table at Kathe with an E

Thanksgiving table at the Happy Housie

HappyThanksgiving-Tablescape-at-thehappyhousie  

See more DIY:

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And within the theme of being thankful, thanks to you and these talented blog friends for linking up their inspiring creativity and hard work each week. :) 

Custom DIY Decals – vinyl holiday labels

I don’t know about you but the change from fall to winter contributes to dry skin and having a bottle of lotion constantly on display isn’t exactly decorative so why not whip out a vinyl decal/label using a fun shape and text? I used my Silhouette Cameo and vinyl but you could substitute craft paper, glue, contact paper, decorative tape and/or stickers. It’s a cute DIY gift idea too. Here is what I did:

DIY gift set idea

Materials:

  • Bottle of Moisturizing Lotion (Dollar General) – you could also make your own and use a glass bottle or jar
  • Gold Vinyl from Happy Crafters
  • Transfer paper

Tools:

  • Silhouette Cameo

What I did:

Remove front label. I left the back label adhered so there was no mistaking the contents and ingredients. The front label pulled away clean for me but some may take a little elbow grease.

lotion bottle decal tutorial

Using my Silhouette Studio software along with a previously purchased deer shape and helvetica font, I created a design measuring small enough to fit on the front of the lotion bottle (roughly 3 x 3 inches).

Load vinyl color side up. I changed my blade settings for cutting vinyl and sent to ‘cut’. 

cutting vinyl decals

Weed away all ‘negative’ vinyl that isn’t a part of the design. 

deer decal

Add a piece of transfer paper to the front side of the vinyl decal and rub with a gift card or credit card.

vinyl decal label tutorial

Pull away the wax paper backing.

vinyl decal label tutorial

Place the vinyl decal/transfer paper onto the front of the lotion bottle and rub the design with a a gift card.

lotion label decal

Peel away the transfer paper. 

Vinyl lotion label decal DIY

Add a coordinating bow if desired. Now you have cute guest room accessory.

Deer lotion bottle DIY vinyl decal

Or create a holiday gift set by adding a super easy DIY ring/jewelry holder.

DIY gifts

I’m sharing the ring holder tutorial today over at Très Frugal – 30 days of DIY Gift Ideas hosted by Brittany at Pretty Handy Girl today. Hop over to check it out and to follow the entire series for some great gift ideas. 

diy gifts

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion are my own. See more projects at Happy Crafters blog.

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Karyna’s handmade tree for the Christmas Tree Party & Contest

Karyna's Christmas Tree

That DIY Party – 15 Fall Highlights

Since I’m not hosting the DIY Show Off Fall Festival for the first time in five years, I decided to feature some gorgeous and inspiring fall DIY from the weekly That DIY Party. Visit these awesome projects…there are so many beautiful ideas!

15 Fall DIY Highlights

Autumn decorating at Number Fifty Three

autumn decorating at Number Fifty Three  

Glittered Acorn Wreath tutorial – That’s My Letter

glittered acorn wreath - That's My Letter blog  

DIY animal print fall wreath at Setting for Four

animal print fall wreath - Setting for Four

Paper Book Pumpkin tutorial at Upcycled Treasures

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Rustic Fall Centerpiece at Fresh Idea Studio

DIY-rustic-Fall-leaves-centerpiece-fresh idea studio

Traditional Fall Wreath at Confessions of a Serial DIYer

traditional fall wreath at Confessions of a Serial DIYer

DIY Fall Harvest Wreath at the Happy Housie

Fall-Apple-Harvest-Wreath-with-DIY-Mini-Chalkboard-Burlap-Bunting-at-thehappyhousie

Fall mantel at Zu Haus at Home

Fall-Mantel at ZuhausatHome

Fall front porch at Liz Marie Blog

fall front porch at Liz Marie blog

Fun painted pumpkins at Daisy Mae Belle

painted-pumpkins at Daisy Mae Belle

Scrappy fall pumpkin decor at The Turquoise Home

diy-fall-decor-on-the-cheap at The Turquoise Home

Fall mason jar gifts at Shaken Together

Pick-of-the-Patch-Mason-Jar-Gift-at-shakentogetherlife.com

Fall mantel at The Kim Six Fix…

fall mantle at the kim six fix

Concrete pumpkins at the Wood Grain Cottage

concrete pumpkins at The Wood Grain Cottage  

Burlap and pumpkin mantel at Dream and Differ

burlap and pumpkin mantel at Dream and Differ

A huge thanks to these talented ladies for sharing their awesome and inspiring fall projects and decor! What a fun collection! Remember to pin from the original source. See more DIY highlights at THAT DIY PARTY pinboard.

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And see you at THAT DIY PARTY tomorrow! Enjoy the weekend! 

DIY Vinyl Pumpkin Decals

With the girls all grown up and on their own, I have little desire to carve a pumpkin to create a jack-o-lantern. And my pumpkin carving skills are a bit juvenile so I’m loving this alternative to carving…my pumpkins look so pretty! 

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

Materials:

  • large glossy adhesive vinyl from Happy Crafters
  • transfer paper  
  • pumpkins

Tools:

  • Silhouette Cameo

What I did:

1. I purchased a deer silhouette and frame from the online store and sized them in my Silhouette Studio designer software to fit my pumpkins.

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

2. Then sent my decals to “cut”. 

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

3. Peel away (weed) the negative part of the design.

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

4. Cut transfer paper to size. Peel away wax paper backing and smooth transfer paper into place.

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

5. Rub design with a credit card.

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

6. Peel away paper backing from the vinyl decal, transferring it to the sticky transfer paper. 

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

7. Position on pumpkin and lightly rub decal with a credit card. 

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

8. Peel away transfer paper. This might get a little tricky because of the pumpkin’s uneven surface. You may have to use your fingernail to help with the transfer.

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

 

9 .There are also wrinkles in my vinyl decal…but it doesn’t take away from the design. I just smoothed it down the best I could using my fingernail and credit card. 

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

All done and so cute! SO many options. I noticed that the Silhouette America online store even had sets of eyes, noses and mouths for jack-o-lantern faces. A monogram or spooky ghost or black cat would be great too!

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

See the tutorial for the candy corn here.

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

 

Linking up to the Lettered Cottage, Pumpkin Party and Cuckoo4Design Pumpkin Parade

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own. See more projects at Happy Crafters blog.

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Wooden Candy Corn Accents

We’re making progress on the grape arbor/gazebo, recycled brick path and patio AND a laundry room makeover and in between those bigger DIY projects, I’m having fun with some stress-free easy DIY. I just saw the cutest little candy corn bean bags somewhere which inspired this project…a scrap wood version. 

DIY Halloween/Fall craft: decorative wooden candy corn pieces  

Materials:

  • Scrap 1 x 6 wood
  • FrogTape®
  • Sandpaper
  • Craft paint

I used the miter saw to cut three triangle shapes from my scrap wood, then sanded the edges.

DIY Halloween craft

Candy Corn Fact: My DIY version goes from orange to yellow to white but the official candy corn striping starts with yellow on the bottom, orange in the middle and white on top. 

I taped off each section using FrogTape®, rubbing my thumbnail along the edge of the tape. I started at the bottom with orange craft paint. After I applied a second coat, I removed the FrogTape®. Let dry and move on to the middle yellow section following the same steps, finishing with white craft paint on the pointy part of the triangle.  Allow drying time between each color. 

DIY Halloween/Fall craft: decorative wooden candy corn pieces

DIY Halloween/Fall craft: decorative wooden candy corn pieces

Optional: seal with a protective clear coat. 

DIY Halloween/Fall craft: decorative wooden candy corn pieces

Aren’t they cute?

DIY Halloween/Fall craft: decorative wooden candy corn pieces

I think these would make a great fall hostess gift tied up with ribbon.

DIY Halloween/Fall craft: decorative wooden candy corn pieces  

Sharing at the Lettered Cottage and Centsational Girl.

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*I’m a member of the FrogTape® Blog Squad. This post is sponsored by FrogTape®. As always, the opinions are completely my own based on my own experience. 

Fall Chevron DIY

Earlier this week, I shared my fall home tour. Did you happen to see the DIY chevron “Fall in Love” plaque on the mantel in my family room?

colorful fall mantel

Tutorial:

DIY Fall chevron Art

Materials:

  • Scrap wood
  • FrogTape® Chevron Shape Tape
  • Paint (I used glossy Krylon cherry red spray paint, turquoise DecoArt Americana Desert Turquoise acrylic craft paint and a gold spray paint)
  • Fall stencil (I created/cut a fall vinyl stencil using my Silhouette. Leaf damask design from Silhouette America online store.)
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Wood Stain 

Here’s what I did:

1. I sanded the edges of my scrap wood (left over from a shelf DIY).

2. I spray painted my wood plaque red and let dry for about an hour. 

DIY Fall Art

3. Starting at the top of my plaque, I applied the FrogTape® Chevron Shape Tape. Cut to size, remove half of the wax paper backing, place Shape Tape, remove other half of the wax paper backing and smooth into place. 

DIY Fall Art

4. and just kept adding rows by placing the zig zag design exactly as my first piece and just eye-balling the distance. To get a chevron pattern, line up the zig zag.

5. Using my thumbnail, I made sure the edges of the Shape Tape were secure. 

6. Then painted my chevron using turquoise craft paint. I did three coats to completely cover the red paint underneath. 

DIY Fall Art

Tip: Elevate the wood using the tape container to paint sides.

DIY Fall Art

7. I peeled away the Shape Tape after the third coat of craft paint while the paint was still wet and let it dry. 

DIY Fall Art

8. Once dry, I sanded the the entire plaque for a bit of distressing.

DIY Fall chevron Art

9. Then brushed on the wood stain, let it sit for a few minutes then wiped it off for an aged look.

DIY Fall chevron Art

10. Once everything was dry, I applied my vinyl stencil and taped the edges of my wood plaque with FrogTape® Multi-surface.

11. Then spray painted the design using gold spray paint. 

12. Remove tape and vinyl stencil.

DIY Fall chevron Art

It perfectly coordinates with my red/aqua fall mantel display…

DIY Fall chevron Art

red gold turquoise fall mantel  

Sharing at the Fall Mantel PartyFall Nesting Party and Home Stories A to Z

FrogTape Blog Squad*This is sponsored by FrogTape®. FrogTape provided by Shurtech. The opinions are completely my own based on my own experience. 

Falling for Vintage – Fall Home Tour

It may not feel like fall in your neck of the woods but the shorter days, chilly mornings, garden harvests, cooler evenings all point to autumn’s arrival here in western PA which means preparation for the countdown to my hibernation. I’m all set to warm things up with some fall decorating.  Fall is such a blessed time of year and I love being all cozy and comfy and more than any other time of year. Fall decorating helps me with the transition of summer fun to Christmas celebration. 

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Ready for a little touch of vintage in my fall home tour? Let’s take a look around! It is early in the season so I have to tell you things will definitely be tweaked and moved around before I’m completely satisfied with it just in time to pack it all away. 

Vintage Fall Home Tour at DIYShowOff

Last week, I kicked off the fall decorating season by adding some new accents atop my vintage chicken coop. 

Fall vignette

and a faux wheat stack with my old globe vignette…

autumn vignette

The kitchen is all ready for fall on the top shelf of our open pantry. This pumpkin weighs in at a little over 16 lbs. according to the vintage scale. And a faux fall bouquet in a vintage tin adds more balance.  

vintage fall pantry

Our kitchen island consists of an old vintage dresser and the centerpiece is a basket filled with mums, purple cabbages, heather and squash. I added a vintage vice for a rustic touch. 

Vintage Fall Decorating/Fall Home Tour at DIYShowOff  

On our dining room table, vintage bottles display dried cotton sticks and feathers. The table runner is simply wrapping paper. 

vintage rustic fall centerpiece

More vintage bottles and a cloche update with decoupaged botanical birds. {Decoupage on Glass Tutorial.}

Vintage Fall Home Tour at DIYShowOff

The mantel in our family room is a bit of a challenge with the colorful curtains but gold, red and aqua including a vintage tea tin and blue mason jar paired with coordinating vases create a fun autumn theme. 

colorful fall mantel

 

“Fall in Love” chevron DIY tutorial

Even the guest room whispers “welcome fall”…

fall guest room vignette

And because the days are still nice enough to enjoy fresh fall air, I spruced up the patio daybed with new pillows and some pretty mums…displayed in a vintage something or other I confiscated from the barn.

fall patio at diyshowoff

Not only do I love the warmth that accompanies fall decorating, it’s fall scents that set the scene for a warm and cozy home, isn’t it? Pumpkins, cinnamon, wood burning, home cooking.

Fall Home Tour at DIYShowOff

Sharing at the Fall Nesting Party.

Have the desire to see more inspiring fall home tours? Visit each of these Falling for Vintage blog friends:

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Vintage-Inspired-Display Vintage Fall Home Tour at DIYShowOff
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Fall Decorating with Chippmunk

Let the fall decorating commence!

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Doesn't the black and white frame add a touch of fun to the overall traditional harvest theme? I simply framed a faux leaf for a pop of red.

I know that blog post title sounds like I’m decorating with chipmunks for Fall, doesn’t it? That’d be kinda cute if not bizarre but anyway, that’s not the case. It’s something even better. It’s about saving money with online shopping at Chippmunk.com. Who doesn’t love that? 

Fall decorating collage

Did you see these fall accents via Pier 1 Imports in my fall decorating? 

Pier 1 Fall Decor via Chippmunk

The spice cake scents…oh my, “hello, fall!“. So cozy!

Chippmunk is a site where you can compare stores you love to find the best deals. Coupons that work from the stores you love based on your budget.  I found that not only did I score great savings but I found the site extremely user friendly. Free. Easy. Instant savings. 

Online shopping with Chippmunk

The nearest Pier 1 is a bit of a drive for me now that my local store closed a few years ago. But by utilizing Chippmunk, not only did I not have to get dressed and fill up my gas tank, but I saved $50 on my order at Pier 1 Imports! 

Here’s a chance for YOU to score!

Labor Day/Fall Outfits & Home Décor launch:

  • Contest runs September 4th-18th, 2013.
  • 5 winners of $100 gift cards to the Chippmunk store of choice.
  • Submit photos showcasing a Labor Day or Fall outfit or autumn home décor design you created with your great deal utilizing Chippmunk.com Contest at Chippmunk.com
  • OR enter by sharing your Chippmunk deal on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtags #ChippmunkExpertShopper and #FallDecor.
  • 3 winners will be determined by community votes, 1 editorially by me and fellow featured bloggers and 1 chosen at random.

Good luck!

For more fall decorating ideas, check out these blog friends’ Chippmunk deals:

*This is a sponsored post. Chippmunk provided me with the budget to create a deal utilizing their site. As always, opinions are 100% my own. I wouldn’t share it if I didn’t think you’d like it too.  I’m usually searching for a deal and spend a lot of wasted time clicking on expired coupons. I’ve added Chippmunk to my bookmarks.

What do you think? Pinning? Thanks! Leave a comment and I’ll visit you back!

Sharing at the Fall Nesting Party and Centsational Girl

Easy Fall Decor: Decoupaged Glass Jars and BottlesTutorial

Fall DIY: The mornings have been chilly so there’s no denying that fall is right around the corner and that has me thinking of fall decorating despite the fact that I’m hanging on to every last bit of summer. This year, I have a beautiful fall vignette consisting of vintage inspired bottles filled with feathers, dried cotton stalks, autumn leaves and dried silver dollar plants. The plain bottles could use a little embellishment and Martha Stewart pizzazz. 

Easy fall decor at http://diyshowoff.com

This post is sponsored by Martha Stewart Crafts/Plaid and BluePrint Social. If you follow DIYShowOff on Instagram, you know I recently received this fun supply in the mail:

martha stewart crafts

I chose to utilize Martha Stewart Decoupage and the cutest botanical birds cutouts for this project.  

Materials (available at Michael’s Craft Store):

Martha Stewart Decoupage

  • Martha Stewart Decoupage – I used the Durable Gloss Finish which perfect for this project since the formula is durable, top-rack dishwasher safe and for use on multiple surfaces! Imagine the possibilities!
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Botanical Birds Decoupage Paper Cutouts – so cute! Be sure to check out the other designs too!
  • Glass bottles, vases or jars – I recycled some from around the house.
  • Soft bristle paint brush.

Tutorial:

1. Clean glass with rubbing alcohol. 

Fall Birds Decoupage Glass Tutorial

2. Roll bottle of decoupage on table to mix.

3. Working quickly, brush on Martha Stewart Decoupage onto glass surface with a small craft brush.

Fall Birds Decoupage Glass Tutorial

4.  Brush decoupage onto back of paper cutout.

Fall Birds Decoupage Glass Tutorial

5. Place paper cutout onto glass.

Fall Birds Decoupage Glass Tutorial

6. Apply another layer of decoupage to the paper cutout and surrounding glass. Let dry 1-2 hours.

Fall Birds Decoupage Glass Tutorial

7. Repeat above steps 3-6 again after 1-2 hours. Now it’s ready to display but allow 28 days cure time for washing or heavy use. 

Aren’t these awesome?

natural fall decor

It dries transparent! The botanical birds are the perfect decorative accent to my fall display. 

Easy fall decor at http://diyshowoff.com

Much more fall-festive than plain bottles and so easy to do! 

easy fall decor craft  

See how I used Martha Stewart Decoupage and paper doily cutouts on my lampshade makeover

Sharing at the Fall Nesting Party.

Find more info at:

See more from these talented blog friends:

 

*This post is sponsored by Martha Stewart Decoupage as a part of a Blueprint Social Campaign. I received product and compensation for sharing my experience with my own craft project and tutorial in my own words. 

Silhouette Portrait Giveaway

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

The winner is: Rebecca!

One of you will get an early Christmas!

Big things comes in small packages! There’s a lot of power and creative assistance packed into this little machine! I’m hosting a Silhouette Portrait giveaway this week! So fun!!! One lucky DIY Show Off winner will receive:

Silhouette Portrait giveaway @DIYShowOff

What is a Silhouette Portrait?

It’s an electronic cutting tool for personal use, similar to the Cameo but on a smaller scale. It’s like a home printer and it plugs into your computer with a simple USB cable. However, instead of printing it uses a small blade to cut paper, cardstock, vinyl, fabric and more up to 8 inches wide and 10 feet long. The machine also has the ability to register and cut printed materials.

See more details at Silhouette America. I seriously love my Silhouette. I use it all of the time, my favorite being vinyl stencils for DIY signs but for lots of other projects too {my Silhouette projects}.

Silhouette Cameo projects

I’ll be sharing a project and and if you don’t win {winner to be announced first thing Friday} – there will be a special promotional using the code ‘SHOWOFF’ on Black Friday!

Want to know how to enter, already? Cut to the chase, you say? Here you go:

  • Leave a comment on this post about why you’d want a Silhouette Portrait. What types of DIY projects do you have in mind?

Additional entries: {Leave a comment for each entry}

  • Thank Silhouette America by following them on Pinterest {awesome project inspiration!} 
  • Like/follow DIY Show Off DIY Show Off - FacebookDIY Show Off - TwitterDIY Show Off - Pinterest DIY Show Off - G+and share this giveaway. Leave a comment with a link to each of your shares or tag @DIYShowOff. Thanks, friend!

*This giveaway is sponsored by Silhouette America. The views and opinions expressed here are based on my own personal experiences.Giveaway starts today 11/19 and ends Thursday, 11/23 at midnight EST. Winner will be chosen randomly and announced Friday, 11/24/12 and must respond to being notified within one week or another winner will be chosen. Product will ship from Silhouette America and is open to USA residents only. GOOD LUCK!  **FOR EVEN MORE CHANCES TO WIN, visit these blog friends hosting giveaways too!

*I was not compensated for hosting this giveaway, although I am a Silhouette affiliate. Opinion and experience are my own. See full disclosure here

Thanksgiving decorating {thrift store art print becomes Thanksgiving reminder}…

We don’t host Thanksgiving dinner. We’re lucky to be guests. So, Thanksgiving decor is minimal at the DIY Show Off home but I did want to share how I turned a $4 print called “Nostalgic Autumn” by Eric Sloane into something I love hanging in our home this time of the year. Our thrift stores have huge framed outdated prints in “fair” condition on occasion. It’s not something I’d normally choose, but the the colors and autumn farm theme is perfect for our dining room. I decided that adding the words “Give Thanks” ensures that once a year, I will hang this print. And every time I look at the words “give thanks”, I take a moment to thank God for our many blessings.

Give Thanks vignette

What I did:

easy DIY Thanksgiving wall art

  1. Old framed print {thrift store}. Mine wasn’t in the best of shape. There were scratches on the print, etc. but we embrace imperfection around here, therefore it’s “perfect”. {You may want to check to see if your print has value before altering it.}
  2. Decide where lettering will be placed using a level or ruler.
  3. Apply a piece of FrogTape Delicate Surface. It works on freshly painted surfaces (24 hours) so it’s a good option for sticking lightly to an old art print. I did not rub the tape to adhere since I’m not painting. I’m using it as a guide/straight line.
  4. Write quote or words with chalk or use a stencil.
  5. Go over chalk words with a Sharpie/permanent marker. Be care of smudging with your hand, work from left to right {or I guess if you’re left handed, it might make sense to work from right to left…which ever way your hand won’t smudge the area you’re working on}.
  6. Carefully peel away FrogTape. Continue drawing letters that fall below the level line, wipe away chalk.

farmhouse Thanksgiving dining room

I love the every day reminder to “give Thanks”, especially this time of year. What do you think? Have you seen large art prints at the thrift store or yard sales that with a little DIY touch or accent would work for your seasonal decor?

DIY Thanksgiving wall art This is a sponsored post brought to you by FrogTape. The opinions are completely my own based on my own experience. 

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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!

DIY Show Off Fall Festival Party

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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

Reminder: Today’s the last day for the Silhouette America Halloween deals! Use promotional code “SHOWOFF” to take advantage of the specials!

Silhouette Cameo Halloween deal

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!

DIY Show Off Fall Festival Party

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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

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

DIY Show Off Fall Festival Party

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Fall Home Tour

Wow! It’s been a week of fall here at DIY Show Off. Today, the October’fest of fun starts as a grand finale of home tours hosted by Debbie-doos!

If you’re a frequent DIY Show Off reader, I know you’ve seen these as I’ve posted them, but here is my fall recap to-date all in one place…

Autumn warmth – fall mantel 

red and teal fall mantle

Fall vignette with DIY yarn pumpkins

yarn pumpkins

Dining Room

farmhouse fall dining room

Halloween vignette – DIY nevermore tree and black lace candle holders

DIY Halloween Nevermore Tree

And I recently updated our regular home tour page too! You’re welcome to stop by anytime. Speaking of home tours!

back porch fall decor

TIME TO GET EXCITED! We’ve been renovating an apartment since July and next week is the BIG HUGE AMAZING reveal! I can’t believe it’s the same little place. Neither will you!

Pop over to see MORE fall home tours, Debbie’s beautiful home and to link up yours…

octoberfest of fun link party

October’fest of Fun – craft highlights

Yesterday’s theme was “fall/Halloween” crafts (party is open for a week!). Did you link up? Here are some fun crafts from my fellow October’fest of Fun hostesses:

Kristin from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia shared her bath salt pumpkins

sparkly bath salt pumpkins

and bling pumpkin

bling pumpkin

Debbie from DebbieDoo’s shared her adorable DIY fall sign

DIY fall owl sign

Shannon from Fox Hollow Cottage has a great tutorial for painted distressed glass vases

distressed painted glass vases

The fun continues today!

octoberfest of fun link party

Shannon from Fox Hollow Cottage is hosting the “fall/Halloween” mantel event. I love her spooky Gothic haunted Halloween mantel. Need some mantel decorating ideas? Check out the festive links!

gothic halloween mantel at fox hollow cottage

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!

Please place the Countdown to Fall button in your post with a link back to this page so your readers can find the party too!



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!

Friday: Countdown to Fall

Happy Friday, friends!

A reminder that today is the Countdown to Fall series. This week, Cheri from It’s So Very Cheri has baked a delicious autumn recipe for the Countdown to Fall get-together. Yummmmy! Do you have something fun and festive and FALL related? Make sure you visit It’s So Very Cheri this week to join the party!

pumpkin brownies

Last week, Kim from Sand & Sisal kicked off the party by sharing her festive fall front door…

Fall Front Porch by Sand & Sisal Thumbnail

Before that, MaryAnn from Domestically Speaking shared her fun fall craft…

DIY apple art

 

Countdown to Fall linky party

Next week is my turn to host! I’ll be sharing my fall mantel. Yippee!

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