DIY Fall Festival Friday!

I’ve actually been spring cleaning in the fall (a car full of junk donated and more space feels soooo good) and preparing for guests but Bri and I did manage to decoupage some pumpkins. Have to fit a fun craft project in there somewhere to break up the work, right? It’s not an original project but results are always original.
After seeing the beautiful scrapbook paper from Canvas Corp
I chose to give my black pumpkin a new look to make my craft room a little more festive (I still have to do a reveal of my craft room ,don’t I? Enjoy the sneak peek!)…
Deco Art’s Decoupage is so much fun to work with and results are a beautiful gloss or matte finish. See my  decoupage pumpkin tutorial at the DIY Club.

Here’s the pumpkin I decoupaged a few years ago…completely different.

Bri’s decoupaged pumpkins:

Have you given this a shot?

Speaking of pumpkins!  Check out Pumpkins and Power Tools – a  great TV segment that aired this week featuring Ken Collier from RDA’s The Family Handyman. The segment was inspired by the October issue of TFH and touches on DIYers and using power tools to spice up your pumpkins for Halloween.


Let’s see what you’ve been up to! 

The DIY Show Off

Rules:

•Create a blog post about an Autumn/Fall project that YOU HAVE CREATED. Feel free to include a past link, however please make a note on a recent post about the DIY Fall Festival to invite everyone over to join in or to search the collection of fall inspired ideas.

•Add your project title to Linky party below.  (example: House # Pumpkins)

•Type in the permalink address, not your basic blog address. A permalink is the address that links directly to your specific post. (example: http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com/2009/08/house-number-pumpkins)

•Please add the DIY button or link to the party in your post to share the party with your readers.

•Although a tutorial is helpful, it’s not required. It just must be your project.  Please only link up same project once to one party.

•If you notice that you’re link disappeared, please make the correction according to the rules above and re-link!

• By adding your link, you give the DIY Show Off permission to highlight your project in a future post. Enjoy and be inspired!



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DIY Fall Festival

Meet: Suzy from The Better Decorating Bible. She’s hosting today’s DIY Show Off Fall Festival and sharing her super easy, nearly free fall DIY decorating tip this week. Suzy is an interior decorating and fashion enthusiast who is obsessed with everything luxury, unique, glamorous and most importantly – on an amazing budget.  I love her style, her blog and her projects.  Here’s Suzy with two chic and easy DIY fall projects:

Take advantage of the fall colored leaves this season, and put them to use! Here are two easy fall DIY project to do this weekend:

How to Frame Your Leaves

1) Prep your leaves BEFORE the weekend – pick your favorite colored leaves from your backyard and press them into a heavy book (telephone book is great). Stack more books on top to weigh it down for a few days till the leaves dry.

2) Choose a frame that’s proportional to the size of your leaves and arrange them onto a background of your choice. Use a bit a craft glue to set them into place and put together your frame. Enjoy!



How to Make Fall Candles with Pressed Leaves

1) Set your leaves on a flat surface and brush a thin layer of craft glue (or Mod Podge) onto each leaf.

2) Press the leaves onto pillar candles and brush another layer of glue (or Mod Podge) over them. Set them to dry.

3) Scatter loose leaves or rocks around your candles for decoration, and Voila!

DIY Friday: Pressed Leaves Art
Better Homes and Gardens

See more great ideas, beautiful decorating and inspiration at


Now it’s your turn!  Let’s see your DIY Fall Related project!  


The DIY Show Off


Rules:

•Create a blog post about an Autumn/Fall project that YOU HAVE CREATED. Feel free to include a past link, however please make a note on a recent post about the DIY Fall Festival to invite everyone over to join in or to search the collection of fall inspired ideas.

•Add your project title to Linky party below.  (example: House # Pumpkins)

•Type in the permalink address, not your basic blog address. A permalink is the address that links directly to your specific post. (example: http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com/2009/08/house-number-pumpkins)

•Please add the DIY button or link to the party in your post to share the party with your readers.

•Although a tutorial is helpful, it’s not required. It just must be your project.  Please only link up same project once to one party.

•If you notice that you’re link disappeared, please make the correction according to the rules above and re-link!

• By adding your link, you give the DIY Show Off permission to highlight your project in a future post. Enjoy and be inspired!

Reminder: Today’s the last day to link up your kitchen in the Roomspiration Kitchen series!  I’m still going through the links so if I haven’t visited you yet … I’ll be seeing you soon!   


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Halloween Vignette and The DIY Fall Festival

The DIY Fall Festival is one day early this week!
This week, since I moved the wingback chairs out of our ‘mudroom/sitting room/whatever-I-want-it-to-be-this-week-room”, I got to rearrange things again (see yesterday’s post to see the transformation of this room). We don’t decorate much for Halloween but I took what I had and decorated this room just a little.  It’s not quite where I want it to be but it takes me a few days of rearranging to settle down and walk away satisfied plus I’m on the hunt for a settee of some sort for in here.  In the meantime…
vocabulary cards are a garage sale find
This room gets a lot of morning and afternoon sun (when there is sun shining), so it’s a great spot for our plants. Sun = happy plants.  Normally and very fitting for Halloween, I have a black thumb but I’ve managed not to kill a few!
Nevermore Tree Tutorial, Obelisk is a .50 garage sale find.
Stenciled Pumpkins
When we bought our house:
Today:
Do you decorate for Halloween or Fall? Do you have something DIY and fall and/or Halloween related to share?  Link up and show off or browse the links for some inspiration. 
The DIY Show Off

Rules:

•Create a blog post about an Autumn/Fall project that YOU HAVE CREATED. Feel free to include a past link, however please make a note on a recent post about the DIY Fall Festival to invite everyone over to join in or to search the collection of fall inspired ideas.

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•Add your project title to Linky party below.  (example: House # Pumpkins)

•Type in the permalink address, not your basic blog address. A permalink is the address that links directly to your specific post. (example: http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com/2009/08/house-number-pumpkins)

•Please add the DIY button or link to the party in your post to share the party with your readers.

•Although a tutorial is helpful, it’s not required. It just must be your project.  Please only link up same project once to one party.

•If you notice that you’re link disappeared, please make the correction according to the rules above and re-link!

• By adding your link, you give the DIY Show Off permission to highlight your project in a future post. Enjoy and be inspired!

Have a DIY project not related to Fall or Halloween?  Link up at the weekly DIY Project Parade linky party HERE!

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Linking up to: Halloween at Lisa’s Creative Designs.

DIY Fall Festival and 31 Days of Spooktacular

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Hi friends!  I’m Coley over at What You Make It and am thrilled to be joining you for the DIY Fall Festival.  What better day to be a guest poster?  After all, fall is my favorite time of year! Who doesn’t like vibrant colored leaves, pumpkin pie lattes, and cozy sweaters?

 

At the start of September I begin covering every inch of my home, interior and exterior, with autumn decor.  The aroma of pumpkins, apples, and squash fill my home and my open-toed shoes are put into storage. By October, my party menu is finalized and I’m jumping for joy with anticipation for our Halloween party.  

 

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Because of the fact that I am so neurotic about this holiday and that there are endless creative Halloween-related projects out there, I started a 31 Day Spooktacular Series on my blog.  That’s right, 31 posts about Halloween and the best season ever! Recipes, tutorials, guest posts, and costume ideas… anything to get you in the spirit.

So far, I have posted a few DIY projects like these specimen jars
these free Halloween printables (that look amazing in vintage frames)…

 adorable acorn bites
There are a ton of posts coming up (23 more to be exact)  that will give you even more inspiration. I would LOVE for you to join me!

Thanks for letting me share with you today!
I can’t wait to sit down with a hot cup of cinnamon tea, wrap myself in a fuzzy blanky, and look over your DIY Fall Festival link-ups.  Everyday I’m amazed at the creativity out there on blog-land :)
The DIY Show Off

Rules:

•Create a blog post about an Autumn/Fall project that YOU HAVE CREATED. Feel free to include a past link, however please make a note on a recent post about the DIY Fall Festival to invite everyone over to join in or to search the collection of fall inspired ideas.

•Add your project title to Linky party below.  (example: House # Pumpkins)

•Type in the permalink address, not your basic blog address. A permalink is the address that links directly to your specific post. (example: http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com/2009/08/house-number-pumpkins)

•Please add the DIY button or link to the party in your post to share the party with your readers.

•Although a tutorial is helpful, it’s not required. It just must be your project.  Please only link up same project once to one party.

•If you notice that you’re link disappeared, please make the correction according to the rules above and re-link!

• By adding your link, you give the DIY Show Off permission to highlight your project in a future post. Enjoy and be inspired!

Thank you, Coley for guest blogging today!  :)  Coley is the creative and talented blog author at 
What You Make it...
Don’t forget to check out Coley’s 31 Days of Spooktacular event for some amazing Halloween fun!

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DIY Fall Festival (and Roomspiration – Dining Rooms)

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Jena from Involving Color is kicking off Roomspiration – Dining Room edition today. She’s the perfect host for the dining room edition. She has a gorgeous inspiring dining room!  With the DIY Fall Festival falling on the same day as Roomspiration – dining rooms, I dug out some fall decor and made the dining room mantel and buffet festive.
Roomspiration

I’m also linking up to
Mantels at

The Lettered Cottage
A great place for Fall inspiration! 

I used a mix of traditional fall colors and added a bit of blue. I want to do something different for a centerpiece next week but for now, I’m working with what I could find in my stash of autumn.
Dining Room Mantel
The “pumpkins” are  .59 thrift store balls of yarn. 
 The pine cone candle holders are new.
Buffet (old vintage dresser)
More shots of our dining room. 
This wall before had an ugly door without character when we bought our home. 
Barn door track was a $30 Craig’s List find.  Glass door is original to the house, found in the barn.
Mantel is also original to our house, stored up in the barn rafters for years.
Just for fun, this was our dining room when we bought our home…
This is our dining room today. Quite a change! What we did:  Tore down ceiling tiles and put up dry wall ceiling, changed out light fixture (to be changed again one of these days), ripped out carpet and sanded/refinished pine planks and now new distressed wide plant bamboo flooring has been installed, swapped out ugly door for prettier one and changed the door trim to matching wider trim and of course – painted.  :)

What do you think?  Do you decorate using traditional colors or do your own thing?

Link up! Inspire me! FALL DIY and decorating ONLY please!
Let’s see your DIY fall projects! Show off!



Rules:

•Create a blog post about an Autumn/Fall project that YOU HAVE CREATED. Feel free to include a past link, however please make a note on a recent post about the DIY Fall Festival to invite everyone over to join in or to search the collection of fall inspired ideas.

•Add your project title to Linky party below.  (example: House # Pumpkins)

•Type in the permalink address, not your basic blog address. A permalink is the address that links directly to your specific post. (example: http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com/2009/08/house-number-pumpkins)

•Please add the DIY button or link to the party in your post to share the party with your readers.

•Although a tutorial is helpful, it’s not required. It just must be your project.  Please only link up same project once to one party.

•If you notice that you’re link disappeared, please make the correction according to the rules above and re-link!

• By adding your link, you give the DIY Show Off permission to highlight your project in a future post. Enjoy and be inspired!

See the all and the latest Fall linky party at

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Remember to stop over to ef="http://involvingcolor.com/">Involving Color to see some beautiful REAL dining room links!

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Linking up here this week:  Tickled Pink at 504 Main  

DIY Fall Festival Time!

It’s been another crazy week with me still having a heavy work load and the Roomspiration linky parties and voting and Mr. DIY’s birthday and even though the chilly weather won’t let me forget it’s Fall already, I did have a chance to add a touch of fall to our living room (see the before and after pictures I shared earlier this week here).  

This week I decorated the mantel for Fall. Our mantel is a bit of a challenge with the tv being there and the need to disguise wiring but I like how it turned out this year. 

 Candle light and warm colors = coziness.

What do you think?  Busy? Yes!  Just the way I like it! ;) 

Do you decorate for fall?
Link up! Inspire me! FALL DIY and decorating ONLY please!
The DIY Show Off
Let’s see your DIY fall projects! Show off!




Rules:


•Create a blog post about an Autumn/Fall project that YOU HAVE CREATED. Feel free to include a past link, however please make a note on a recent post about the DIY Fall Festival to invite everyone over to join in or to search the collection of fall inspired ideas.


•Add your project title to Linky party below.  (example: House # Pumpkins)


•Type in the permalink address, not your basic blog address. A permalink is the address that links directly to your specific post. (example: http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com/2009/08/house-number-pumpkins)


•Please add the DIY button or link to the party in your post to share the party with your readers.
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•Although a tutorial is helpful, it’s not required. It just must be your project.  Please only link up same project once to one party.


•If you notice that you’re link disappeared, please make the correction according to the rules above and re-link!



• By adding your link, you give the DIY Show Off permission to highlight your project in a future post. Enjoy and be inspired!


Have you voted for Cassity & Roeshel today? We’d LOVE your help + YOU’ll be entered to win  new flooring from Shaw for a room in your home! We’re not too proud to beg!  :)  We want a chance at winning too!  Find out how Shaw’s 30 Days of HGTV Home tab:  http://www.facebook.com/shawfloors?sk=app_178630008866363.  Enter your email and vote for Cassity & Roeshel. That’s it – every day you vote in September, you’re entered to win that day’s prize of new flooring for your home!

Did You Enter to Win new flooring and Vote for Cassity & Roeshel today? Please do!
Thanks to those voting and entering to win everyday!!!  I’ve been trying to reply/visit you personally in return to thank you personally, but in case I’ve missed you – YOU ROCK! Your help is so appreciated because this means so much.  Thank you! ;) 

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Congratulations to the winner of the 3M Couples Speak giveaway!



Shel said… 2

I entered the contest..my submission:

She says: Are you sure? I know you work so many hours at your job and you’re tired when you get home.

She means: Please, let me pay someone to do this so it doesn’t turn into a home improvement mini series that lasts an entire season.

DIY Fall Festival

It’s been a crazy week and even though I haven’t had a chance to even think about Fall yet (other than throwing on a sweater), I think I’ve finally decided that Fridays would be a great day for the DIY Show Off Fall Festival this year and then the regularly scheduled DIY Project Parade on Sundays/Mondays. 
And since I’ve been working hard at a few non-autumn related projects and had an extra work load at my real job, I haven’t had time to think about Fall yet however here are a few of my past Fall projects to get things started. I know. I’m cheating. I mean these are my DIY Fall projects but Fall 2011 hasn’t arrived in this house this week.  It was cheat a little or cancel and I’m no party pooper!  

dress up a candle…
decoupage letters and a pumpkin…
glow in the dark pumpkin house #s 
Burlap leaves

ghost tree and faux mercury glass pumpkins…
Can’t wait to get started on Fall now that I’ve met some of my deadlines.  Link up! Inspire me!
The DIY Show Off
Let’s see your DIY fall projects! Show off!




Rules:


•Create a blog post about an Autumn/Fall project that YOU HAVE CREATED. Feel free to include a past link, however please make a note on a recent post about the DIY Fall Festival to invite everyone over to join in or to search the collection of fall inspired ideas.


•Add your project title to Linky party below.  (example: House # Pumpkins)


•Type in the permalink address, not your basic blog address. A permalink is the address that links directly to your specific post. (example: http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com/2009/08/house-number-pumpkins)


•Please add the DIY button or link to the party in your post to share the party with your readers.


•Although a tutorial is helpful, it’s not required. It just must be your project.  Please only link up same project once to one party.


•If you notice that you’re link disappeared, please make the correction according to the rules above and re-link!
• By adding your link, you give the DIY Show Off permission to highlight your project in a future post. Enjoy and be inspired!



Have you voted for Cassity & Roeshel today? We’d LOVE your help + YOU’ll be entered to win an area rug here (everyday through Sept. 14th) AND new flooring from Shaw for a room in your home! We’re not too proud to beg!  :)  We want a chance at winning too!  Find out how at:
Did You Enter to Win new flooring and Vote for Cassity & Roeshel today? Please do!
Thanks to those voting and entering to win everyday!!!  I’ve been trying to reply/visit you personally in return to thank you personally, but in case I’ve missed you – YOU ROCK! Your help is so precious because this means so much.  Thank you! ;) 

Happy Thanksgiving – DIY Fall Festival.

Let’s see your DIY fall ideas! Show off!

Rules:

•Create a blog post about an Autumn/Fall project that you’ve done

•Add your project title to Mcklinky (example: House # Pumpkins)

•Type in the permalink address, not your basic blog address. A permalink is the address that links directly to your specific post. (example: http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com/2009/08/house-number-pumpkins) 

•Please use the DIY button or link to this post to share the party with your readers.

•Although a tutorial is helpful, it’s not required. Anything DIY – autumn related is permitted.

•Please follow all steps above or your link will be deleted. If you notice that you’re link disappeared, please make the correction according to the rules above and re-link!

•Enjoy and be inspired!

See ALL FALL festivals for more autumn inspired DIY projects.


Thanksgiving Highlights and the DIY Fall Festival

Thanksgiving is one week from today. Time flies.  We won’t mention the countdown to the next holiday.  It makes me panic.  But, in honor of Thanksgiving next week…here are some Thanksgiving highlights from last week’s DIY Fall Festival.
First, there were some delicious looking, mouth watering dessert recipes and if you’re looking for a great idea, here is the link:  Fall Desserts.
Beautiful special Thanksgiving Table at Moore Minutes.
Perfect Thanksgiving Banners:
G R A T I T U D E
T H A N K F U L

 So thankful for Today’s Fabulous Finds 
Thank you, Janet!
 
My favorite Fall Mantel at Finding Home Online.  Harvest. Perfect.
Beautiful.  My inspiration for next year when I have a mantel in the dining room!
Another stunning Thanksgiving table…

And a Thanksgiving chalkboard from Finding Home Online.  I love the Fall quote and what a beautiful chalkboard and frame.  (Dear Santa…)

Let’s see your DIY fall ideas! Show off!

Rules:
  • Create a blog post about an Autumn/Fall project that you’ve done
  • Add your project title to Linky (example: House # Pumpkins) by clicking the “YOUR NEXT” prompt.
  • Type in the permalink address, not your basic blog address. A permalink is the address that links directly to your specific post. (example: http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com/2009/08/house-number-pumpkins)
  • Please use the DIY button (code provided on the side bar) or link to this post to share the party with your readers. The DIY Show Off practices courteous blog etiquette.  If you’re linking up to the parties at the DIY Show Off, please share a link in your post back to the party so your readers can see all of the great DIY ideas linked.  It’s not fair when almost everyone does it correctly (sharing the entire party including all links) and a few don’t share.  I haven’t been very strict with the rules but I do notice when a blogg
    er links up and readers head over to see your awesome-ness and it’s one-sided.  Please party nice.  If you’re not familiar with linky parties, please feel free to ask for help at thediyshowoff@gmail.com.  Thank you!  :)
  • If you notice your link has disappeared, please make the corrections by follow ing the steps above to re-link.
  • Although a tutorial is helpful, it’s not required. Anything DIY – autumn related is permitted.
  • Enjoy and be inspired!
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Thanksgiving Tablescape and DIY Fall Festival

Given that our house is a DIY project-in-progress in several rooms type of disaster (my dining room included), we didn’t offer to host Thanksgiving dinner this year (thankful for that).  No doors on the kitchen cupboards, sawdust and tools, paint cans and piles are not the ingredients for an inviting, warm Thanksgiving atmosphere. However, last week I just had to take a moment when Mr. DIY wasn’t looking to do something pretty.  So, I set about setting the table for a pretend Thanksgiving dinner.  A little dining room table harvest dress up…

I was just standing back to admire and tweaking here and there.  Re-arranging and dreaming of candlelight, swirling scents of roast turkey, cranberries and pumpkin pie and happy smiling guests…

Orange, bronze and white with turquoise blues…

My burlap wreath (tutorial here) has a new seasonal position as pumpkin partner and is decorated with tucked mini pinecones and pumpkins…

And then Mr. DIY yelled, “I can’t do this project with Martha Stewart all over the dining room!!!” and before I could perfect it, before I could finish decorating or place silverware, napkins and placecards, I had to put my decorative pretties away, clear the workspace and grab a Dremel tool (after I snuck in snapping a few photos – just for blog’s sake and in order to show you a light turquoise/orange/bronze and white color scheme). 
The end. 



Let’s see your DIY fall ideas! Show off!

Rules:

•Create a blog post about an Autumn/Fall project that you’ve done

•Add your project title to Mcklinky (example: House # Pumpkins)

•Type in the permalink address, not your basic blog address. A permalink is the address that links directly to your specific post. (example: http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com/2009/08/house-number-pumpkins)

•Please use the DIY button or link to this post to share the party with your readers.

•Although a tutorial is helpful, it’s not required. Anything DIY – autumn related is permitted.

•Please follow all steps above or your link will be deleted. If you notice that you’re link disappeared, please make the correction according to the rules above and re-link!

•Enjoy and be inspired!

See ALL FALL festivals for more autumn inspired DIY projects.

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DIY Fall Festival – Last Minute Halloween!

It’s that time of week – time to show off your DIY Fall related projects!

I was blown away by this awesome iPhone costume made by Heather at Decor4Poor!  Visit her here to see the details. Wow, huh? First place costume winner for sure!

This beautiful pumpkin is up for grabs at Frou-FruGal (enter here).  She also typed up an easy tutorial and it’s super cheap so you can DIY!

Still plenty of time to create a beautiful fall wreath.  Check out this great tutorial from Susan at Hometown Girl. Inspiration: Pottery Barn.  Cost:  $6.50!

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It’s All Hallow’s Eve at Something Sweet Design!

Beautiful Halloween “Curious” banner with a great tutorial and free printable download at Violet Cottage.

Thanksgiving to Halloween (or reverse that for the U.S.!) decorating at Echoes of Laughter:

Let’s see your DIY fall ideas! Show off!
Rules:
  • Create a blog post about an Autumn/Fall project that you’ve done
  • Add your project title to Mcklinky (example: House # Pumpkins)
  • Type in the permalink address, not your basic blog address. A permalink is the address that links directly to your specific post. (example: http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com/2009/08/house-number-pumpkins)
  • Please use the DIY button or link to this post to share the party with your readers.
  • Although a tutorial is helpful, it’s not required. Anything DIY – autumn related is permitted.
  • Please follow all steps above or your link will be deleted.  If you notice that you’re link disappeared, please make the correction according to the rules above and re-link!
  • Enjoy and be inspired!
Thanks for the comments about the fall photo shoot with my girls last week – I loved the encouragement!  As soon as I get a free minute (how and when still to be determined – I’m giving the place below a shot. Have you tried putting one of your photos on a canvas?  I’d love to hear about your experience!)

DIY Show Off Fall Festival – You're Invited!

Plenty of DIY going on around here at the DIY Show Off home but nothing fall decor related to personally share – yet! However, I managed to spend some fun time with my girls to take some fall pictures.   Disclaimer:  As you can tell, I am not a professional photographer so please don’t judge too much.  I’m a beginner and I still have a lot to learn. Like most DIY, it’s learn as I go. Here are a few of my favorites.

My girls, Bri and Ali…

We call this one anthropologie autumn…


We had a lot of fun and took some silly photos too.  Do I have a DIY display idea in mind? You bet!  More on that soon!  Think they’d look great on canvas?  Check out this deal…

There are SOOOO many great ideas in last week’s Fall Festival (please bear with me if I haven’t visited you yet, I’m on my way).  Click HERE to see all Fall Festivals for lots of creative DIY ideas!

Let’s see your DIY fall ideas! Show off!
Rules:
  • Create a blog post about an Autumn/Fall project that you’ve done
  • Add your project title to Mcklinky (example: House # Pumpkins)
  • Type in the permalink address, not your basic blog address. A permalink is the address that links directly to your specific post. (example: http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com/2009/08/house-number-pumpkins)
  • Please use the DIY button or link to this post to share the party with your readers.
  • Although a tutorial is helpful, it’s not required. Anything DIY – autumn related is permitted.
  • Please follow all steps above or your link will be deleted.  If you notice that you’re link disappeared, please make the correction according to the rules above and re-link!
  • Enjoy and be inspired!

Don’t Forget! Cottage Cupcake Giveaway ends Friday Night!

226 wide 3 pink base

DIY Show Off Fall Festival

I‘m working on non-Fall related projects but there are so many great Fall related DIY projects from last week, I thought I’d share a few but make sure you check all of the links to get inspired! 

Beautiful autumn mantel shelf decor at Decor Chick:

Cutest butternut squash ghosts at Just for Love:


LOVE this fall mantel at Finding Home.  Perfectly rustic and festive.  
Easy (and cute!) Halloween decor at The Thriftress:


There are SOOOO many great ideas.  Click HERE to see all Fall Festivals for lots of creative DIY ideas!



Let’s see your DIY fall ideas! Show off!

Rules:
  • Create a blog post about an Autumn/Fall project that you’ve done
  • Add your project title to Mcklinky (example: House # Pumpkins)
  • Type in the permalink address, not your basic blog address. A permalink is the address that links directly to your specific post. (example: http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com/2009/08/house-number-pumpkins)
  • Please use the DIY button or link to this post to share the party with your readers.
  • Although a tutorial is helpful, it’s not required. Anything DIY – autumn related is permitted.
  • Please follow all steps above or your link will be deleted.  If you notice that you’re link disappeared, please make the correction according to the rules above and re-link!
  • Enjoy and be inspired!

Win a Moen Mirrorscape – super easy DIY solution to a frame your bathroom mirror. Giving away 2! Enter HERE! Giveaway ends Saturday!

FALL FOR ALL – DIY Fall Festival #6

HAPPY FALL

The last Fall Festival party post featured Fall Mantels and it was Fall Wreaths before that.  This week…it’s a FALL FOR ALL!  Here are some fun and easy DIY ideas submitted by readers.  So creative!  Then check out the links here and on past posts for DIY Fall heaven.   If you’re like me, you’ll be inspired to DIY and decorate, throw on a sweater, be warmed by a pumpkin spiced chai tea and enjoy your autumn decorated home.  Click the links for more details/tutorials.

I usually post this Thursday night but it’s so fall like here, I’m a little early today.  I have fall fever! And I scheduled it to post tomorrow morning – but for some reason “OOPS” – it posted asap.  So what is usually scheduled to post tomorrow evening for Friday is 24 hours early.  Oh well!  It’s fall, let’s celebrate!

 
Outdoor Halloween Silhouettes at Cul-de-Sac Chic:

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 Pumpkin Topiary tutorial at Our SouthernNest:

Jennifer from the Perillo Four made this pretty fall wreath (inspired by my burlap/fabric wreath!). Great job, Jennifer!
Sharon at Keen Inspirations made one too – I love how she framed it.
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And Ashley from A Forty Year Old Ranch did one too – a great example how using different fabrics can make a unique look.

Let’s see! Show off your Fall projects!

Rules:
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  • Add your project title to Mcklinky (example: House # Pumpkins)
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  • Please use the DIY button or link to this post to share the party with your readers.
  • Although a tutorial is helpful, it’s not required. Anything DIY – autumn related is permitted.
  • Please follow all steps above or your link will be deleted.  If you notice that you’re link disappeared, please make the correction according to the rules above and re-link!
  • Enjoy and be inspired! li>

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DIY Show Off Fall Festival #5 (Fall Mantel Inspiration)

HAPPY FALL! It’s official!  I’m celebrating by heading to the Country Living Magazine Fair in Columbus tomorrow morning!  If you’re going, be sure to check out the DIY Club at the Gorilla Glue booth!  Woohoo!  I’d love to meet you and you’ll see our projects featured there!  So exciting!
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I went through the previous Fall Festivals to feature Fall Mantels this week.  Our tv is over the mantel in our living room so decorating is tough but here is what I did last year (remember when my walls were red?!).  Maybe next week I’ll decorate with the new wall color – can’t wait!  Last year:






Mantel shelves last year:

Looking for fall mantel inspiration? Check out these ideas.  Please click the link to be directed to the original post.

This is great inspiration for when your tv takes up most of the mantel space. Simple. Beautiful.
If you don’t have a mantel – create a similar look with a decorative shelf or existing nook/niche/ledge.

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Use a mix of existing fall decor to create a beautiful display.
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Who’s says you need a fireplace? Love this!
Now this is my kinda mantel! I could look at this for hours.  She did a beautiful job!
I love her word art!

So warm and inviting!

My favorite mantel maestro has always been Sarah from Pewter & Sage.
Beautiful!

More fall mantels linked in the party below!


Show off your Fall projects!

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  • Type in the permalink address, not your basic blog address. A permalink is the address that links directly to your specific post. (example: http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com/2009/08/house-number-pumpkins)
  • Please use the DIY button or link to this post to share the party with your readers.
  • Although a tutorial is helpful, it’s not required. Anything DIY – autumn related is permitted.
  • Please follow all steps above or your link will be deleted.  If you notice that you’re link disappeared, please make the correction according to the rules above and re-link!
  • Enjoy and be inspired!

DIY Show Off Fall Festival

Great links of autumn inspiration last week!  Thanks for linking up and sharing your DIY fall projects.  I could just feel the warmth, smell the mulled cider and taste the fall treats!  DIY wreaths seems like a favorite fall project, so I went through the parties and grabbed the photos and links.

Raggedy Wreath shown left is by Thrifty, Nifty & Wise.

Here’s my DIY fabric wreath tutorial from last week if you missed it:

This week…using “S” hooks, I added a grapevine wreath and some leaves to the pendant light in the dining room:

Dollar Store Fall Wreath at House of Hepworths:

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Magnolia Wreath at Centsational Girl:

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 $5 Wreath in 5 Minutes at The Penny Parlor:

Pretty Yarn Wreath at Ready.Set.Plan:

Monogram Wreath at Petit Design Co. blog:

Champagne & Chocolate Wreath at The Answer is Chocolate:

Another Monogram Wreath at Pinkapotamus:

$5 DIY Wreath at Decor Roomies:

Twine Wreath at Beauty4Ashes:


Book Page Leaf Wreath at Mad in Crafts:

Fall Wreath DIY
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Frugal Fall Wreath at Frugal Mom x 3:

It’s Fall Ya’ll at Beautiful Misadventures:

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DIY Grapevine wreath at A Glimpse Inside:

DIY Fall Wreath at Fishin With the Trouts:

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DIY Fall Festival and Easy DIY Fabric Wreath

Do you make your own wreath?  Looking for an easy tutorial?  This one is perfect.  Inexpensive, easy and DIY.  Easily customize it for any occasion but by using fall colors…I’m reminded of a pile of raked leaves.  Perfect for fall!

I made this from a straw wreath and fabric.

It’s a wreath…

or a centerpiece…

or a candle/lantern ring…

I love how it turned out.  It reminds me of a pile of raked leaves!  I love that there are so many different options.  This one is perfect for Fall but use different fabric to make one for Halloween or holiday fabric for winter or Christmas or Spring or to match decor. You could even match your clothes if you were so inclined.  I can’t wait to make another one! In fact, I’m working on another with different fabric and I’ll post pictures when it’s done (using my rotary cutter so it’ll be quicker and even easier).
Here are the instructions for making a larger wreath.  You choose the theme or design!
Materials:  1 yard of fabric, one 14 inch straw wreath (leave the plastic wrapper on)
Tools:  Scissors (or pinking shears), screwdriver

Optional:  Embellishments, hot glue, wire cutter, Gorilla Glue

Instructions:
1. Fold fabric and cut into squares.  Mine are 3×3 inch but you can go bigger and they don’t have to be perfect.  No one will know! (I chose a fabric looked pretty on the back too but it’s not necessary.)  This is the hardest part because cutting up a yard of folded fabric hurts!  But a rotary cutter would make it a lot easier.

2.  Holding a fabric square in one hand and a screw driver in the other, place the screw driver into the center of the fabric square. (It’s hard to get a picture because it takes both hands but hopefully this helps.)  ***Note:  Burlap is a little trickier. It helps to use the screwdriver to make a pilot hole, then fold the burlap into a square.  Dab Gorilla Glue into the hole and then using the screwdriver, push the end of the square that is all fabric (hold the fabric like a diamond, it’s the bottom part that is all fold) into the hole and twist.
3.  Poke into the straw wreath (with plastic wrap still on) and give it a little twist.  That’s it!
To keep things very secure, you can use a dab of Gorilla Glue before pushing fabric into place. It will expand inside the hole and adhere to the fabric and straw. This will keep the fabric from falling out, especially if the wreath hangs in a high traffic area such as a door.
4.  Repeat until the wreath is covered.  Place about an inch apart, filling in randomly or from outside in, whatever works best for you.  When done, go back over and fill in any ‘holes’.
5. Embellish with leaves, pinecones, a bird, etc. (or other decorative items depending on the season/holiday or look you’re going for).  I use wire cutters to cut the wire stems shorter or to cut off smaller silk flowers/etc. to embellish.  Creating a pilot hole using the screwdriver helps or attach using hot glue.  I also slid a twist-tie in the back/top underneath the fishing line looking string that keeps the straw wreath its shape to hang it. 

That’s it! Super easy.  Inexpensive.

So easy, I made a second decorative one from burlap and a smaller straw wreath.  Tutorial using burlap here.
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***Sharing my fall wreath tutorial at Centsational Girl:)

Do you have a DIY Fall Project to share?  
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  • Enjoy and be inspired!


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DIY Fall Festival Week 2

Welcome to week # 2 of the 2nd annual DIY Show Off Fall Festival!  Link party on Fridays for all things DIY and fall related!  Last week we had a few early birds! 

My fall project this week isn’t quite ready so it’ll have to wait but if you missed last week…click here to find out how to make a burlap leaf garland and twine pumpkin vines…
Visit the links to see full posts for these fall-lovin’ bloggers:

DebbieDoos shares her fall decorating from last year to get you inspired…

The Thrifty BA shares nana’s rice pudding recipe!

 Ideas to embellish you pumpkins at Embellished Bayou
And here are some of my projects from last year…

Faux mercury glass pumpkins:
My Pumpkins (tutorial)

Dress up a candle:

Decoupage Letters & funkin:


House # pumpkins with glow in the dark numbers:


Nevermore Tree:


Powder room vignette:


Patio last autumn, decorating with free and natural outdoor treasures:










Along with some acorn-filler (from the yard).


 Travel pillow and tote bag:


The dining room is undergoing a transformation at the moment but here it was last year…
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Decorating the grape arbor:





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  • Add your blog name and project to Mcklinky (example: The DIY Show off – House # Pumpkins)
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  • You must use The DIY Show Off Fall Festival button and link back to The DIY Show Off Fall Festival post so that everyone gets to join in the fun. Here is the button:
  • Although a tutorial is helpful, it’s not required. Anything DIY – autumn related is permitted.
  • Please follow all steps above or your link will be deleted.  If you notice that you’re link disappeared, please make the correction according to the rules above and re-link!
  • Enjoy and be inspired!

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