100 Fall Ideas

Happy Labor Day!!

Although it’s still officially summer, here at Making Home Base we’re looking forward to fall. With all the change in the air, it’s a perfect time to think about fall decorating! I’m sharing a few of favorite fall ideas, and I’ve teamed up with some of my favorite bloggers who will be sharing their best fall ideas as well.

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 That’s 100 Fall Ideas from 25 different bloggers! You are sure to find plenty of inspiration for your fall decor! Here are some of my favorites from last year (and this year)!

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Painted Leaves

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Fall Centerpiece

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Chalkboard Pumpkin Planters

Pumpkin Decorating Ideas: Gold Confetti Pumpkins

Gold Confetti Pumpkins

The inspiration doesn’t stop there! There are so many more ideas waiting for you! Visit each blog below for all 100 fabulous ideas!

Making Home Base


At the Picket Fence

The Turquoise Home

My Fabuless Life

Fox Hollow Cottage

The Thinking Closet

Wood Grain Cottage

Live Laugh Rowe

Persia Lou

Just a Girl and Her Blog

The Golden Sycamore

Tell Love & Chocolate

Upcycled Treasures

Liz Marie Blog

Setting for Four

Maison de Pax

Design, Dining, and Diapers

Homey Oh My!

The Happy Housie

House by Hoff

The Blissful Bee

Place of My Taste

Life On Virginia Street

Uncommon Designs


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Stylish Drawer Liners

Guys! I’m finally organizing my desk! I’m not brave enough to show you what my drawers looked like before today but take my word for it when I tell you, it was scary.  I wanted to get in organized with some drawer organizers. While on the hunt for the perfect organizers, I found the most perfect wrapping paper and well, as they say, the rest is history.

Line Desk Drawers with Wrapping Paper

I think drawer liners can be a super cute aesthetic touch to any piece of furniture. Of course, I’m sure there is some purpose for them other than just being darling but let’s face it, I like darling, so that’s why I decided on drawer liners for my desk.

Since we all like darling, why is it that true drawer liners just aren’t? One of life’s great mysteries. Until one of us comes up with the perfect line of gorgeous drawer liners we’ll just have to improvise… with wrapping paper.

Yep, wrapping paper ya’ll! So pretty, super cheap, and will take you less than 20 minutes to line 5 drawers!

Line Desk Drawers with Wrapping Paper

I found my striped wrapping paper from Marshalls. Does this not have Chelsea written all over it? Nautical feel? YES PLEASE!

Line Desk Drawers with Wrapping Paper

So to make the drawer liners all you need to do is measure the interior of your drawer. Then, measure your paper to the same size. Measure multiple times you want it to be nice and snug.

Line Desk Drawers with Wrapping Paper

Cut the paper to size. (Please don’t tell my sewing friends that I was using my fabric rotary to cut paper. I’m pretty sure that would get be banned from the sewing club!)

By the way, I have the IKEA ALEX drawer unit. The measurements for the interior are 20.5 x 11.5.

Line Desk Drawers with Wrapping Paper

Lastly, you want to secure the paper drawer liner. I did this quickly by using double sided tape. Double sided tape works well because it’s not permanent so if you ever want to remove it you can without a ton of effort.

How to Line Drawers with Wrapping Paper

Once I was done… literally 20 minutes later I did a little happy dance because really, who doesn’t love some beautiful blue and white stripes. Then I continued on my quest for desk organization…

Line Desk Drawers with Wrapping Paper

Mission complete. Now I’m off to line every drawer in the house… or take a nap.

Happy Monday!


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Picnic Ready Paper Bag Utensil Holders

Since it’s summer. And since I love picnics. I’m bringing back an oldie.

Picnic Ready Paper Bag Utensil Holder tutorial via makinghomebase.com

Last summer I shared my paper bag utensil holders. They were quite popular even though I spelled bon appétit wrong (ps. I still spelled it wrong). My guests didn’t notice. :) Regardless of my bad spelling they still make the CUTEST utensil holders for picnics! I especially love how easy they are to whip up. The only supplies required are paper lunch sacks and washi tape. The stamping is totally optional. You can do stamping, sticks, hand write your guests names, anything really.

My absolute very thing about these paper bag utensil holders is that they serve two purposes. One, they are a super cute vessel for utensils but they also make perfect little trash bags. Once you’re done with your meal, you can discard any rubbish right into the bag. No more chasing that napkin all over the park, folks!

paper bag picnic utensil holder

1. To make them you’ll need paper lunch sacks, washi tape, and an alphabet stamp.

2. Fold your paper bag from the bottom up at the seam to create a pocket.

3. Seal the side with washi tape. I did this by placing one strip of washi tape on the front allowing it to slightly hang over the edge, then put another strip on the back side so the pieces of tape stick together.

4. Do the same on the other side.

5. Stamp your saying onto the front pocket. I used “Bon Appétit” but I think other cute sayings are “Let’s Eat” or “Chow Time”

6. Stuff with your napkin and utensils

Picnic Ready Paper Bag Utensil Holders

I really look forward to making a gazillion of these this summer for all sorts of beach trips and picnics with friends. Can you just imagine all the fun color combos?

Picnic Ready Paper Bag Utensil Holders



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Succulent Planters with Neon Pink Pebbles

Last week my hubs just got home from a long ten day underway. Ten days really isn’t a long time especially when he’s been gone for much longer but I’m telling you those ten days felt like ETERNITY. Ten days, alone, with a toddler is hard. Don’t get me wrong, every day is special and awesome , it really is, but no day is without challenges. One day, towards the end of the underway, we just had to get out of the house and we ended up at the pet store (!!!). It was a super hot day so the beach or park were out of the question and well, P loves animals so the pet store totally made sense.

We browsed around, talked to the turtles, blowed kisses to the fish, waved to the birds, and as I was leading her towards the exit I spied these gorgeous BRIGHT PINK pebbles and I thought it might be the best idea ever to use them in a planter.

Succulent Planters with Neon Pink Pebbles

Pink Pebbled Succulent Planters

After we spent approximately 19 hours in the pet store obsessing over all of the animals and leaving with nothing except for the pink aquarium gravel it was nap time for P and project time for me.

pink pebbled planter

I got this big ol’ 5 pound bag of neon pink pebbles for about $4. I started with this faux plant from IKEA. This plant has been in P’s room for a few weeks since we are working on her big girl room. I covered up the really obviously fake dirt with the pink pebbles and it instantly looked awesome.

Tea Cup Succlent Planter

Since I had a bag full of pink pebbles, no succulent was safe. I popped this cute little one into a tea cup and dotted it with some gold paint for a chic little succulent planter.

pink pebble planter

Can you even handle these succulent planters?? Imagine the possibilities! Pink, black, yellow, those pebbles come in a gazillion colors!

planter with pink pebbles

I’m always amazed at where inspiration strikes. Pet store today, who knows where tomorrow. Happy Thursday!

* you can also find pink aquarium gravel on Amazon.com (affiliate link).

Linking up to By Stephanie Lynn, Home Stories A to Z


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Using Ornaments To Decorate Your Home For the Holidays

Using Ornaments to DecorateUsing Ornaments To Decorate Your Home For The Holidays

Competing post titles are:

Easiest way ever to decorate your home for Christmas.

Cheap holiday decorating ideas.


Not sure if you caught on during my holiday home tour but I used ornaments just about everywhere.

Christmas End TableYou can snag a tube of 10-12 “shatter free” ornaments from the Dollar Tree for (you guessed it) $1. I love mixing those ornaments with a little bit fancier ones from Target and even glass ones I’ve had for years. My Target ones are still super affordable, around $5 for a dozen of “shatter free” bulbs. Target just has a bit more variety so you can really have a good mix.

ornaments copy

If you have any vessels around – then you are already half way to having Christmas cheer all around you. Glass jar, bowls, trays, anything you can think of that holds “stuff” can be easily filled with ornaments bulbs for a quick pop of Christmas! Like this glass hurricane that I got at TJ Maxx for less than $5.

Ornaments And this Ikea lantern in my dining room.

Lamp Christmas Tour

I even put a some in my glass lamp.


And remember last week when I shared my dining room, check out this quick centerpiece.

mason jar with ornaments

Even in a Ball jar. I could go on for days…

Holiday decorating doesn’t have to be super expensive or time consuming! Using ornaments to decorate your home will get your home holiday ready without in no time without breaking the bank!

Ps. I’m over at Lines Across today sharing a SUPER cute stamped log slice ornament. Come say hi!


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Gold Glitter Christmas Sign

This post is sponsored by Plaid. As always all opinions are 100% mine.

Gold Glitter Christmas SignI’m continuing my holiday decorating today with some gold and some sparkle with some help from Mod Podge!

My crush on gold has spilled over into my holiday decor and I’m super excited! I’m thinking gold, silver, with the traditional Christmas red this year. I’ve been working on little projects here and there and I can’t wait to get it all together. Today, I want to share this Gold Glitter Christmas Sign and how I made it!

Gold Glitter Christmas Sign


Mod Podge Sparkle

Paint Brush

Gold Spray Paint

Dollar Store Tray

Letter Cutouts
Mod Podge Chirstmas Sign


First, spray paint your dollar store tray gold. Once it’s dry you are ready to adhere your letter cut outs. For the letters you can use stickers, or simple letters cut from card stock like I did. To adhere the letters to the tray, brush a light layer of Mod Podge to the tray and gently press your letters into the medium. Brush another layer of Mod Podge over top of the letters to secure them. Follow those steps with all remaining letters. Allow it to dry about 15 minutes, then brush a layer of Mod Podge over the whole tray. This will give the whole tray a nice glittery shimmer. For more sparkle, you can brush on another layer after another 15 minutes of dry time.

That’s all there is to it. When it dries you’ll have a beautiful sparkly gold glitter Christmas Sign! Christmas Decor Sign I love the “Fa La La La La La La,” it’s so festive don’t you think?
Gold Christmas Sign

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Paper Christmas Lights Garland Door Hanging

So remember last week when I opened that Christmas can of worms? Yeah, today, I’m just going to keep on going with this holiday crafting if that’s alright with you! I’m pretty sure my neighbors officially think I’m crazy as I was packing up the faux pumpkins and hanging up my paper holiday lights door hanging all at once. Hopefully it gets them in the holiday spirit ;)

Paper Holiday Lights Door Hanging

A few weeks ago I stumbled on this door hanging. I loved the look of the vintage lights on the white frame and was determined to try something similar. I did a quick search for vintage/vintage like lights and didn’t find anything in my price range. Plus, I would have needed battery operated ones for use on the door hanging, which I didn’t find. I decided to go with the next best thing. PAPER of course. After consulting the Silhouette web store, I found the perfect graphic and concluded that I could make a quick strand of Christmas lights garland to use for my door hanging.

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I bought this strand of lights at the Silhouette online store. Screen Shot 2013-11-10 at 9.40.05 PM

I ungrouped the image in order to remove the string portion of the graphic. Then, I was left with just the bulb portion of the lights.

I had the bulbs cut from construction paper (super cheap colorful paper) using blue, green, yellow, and red.
Light GarlandAfter cutting, I decided to take a sharpie and draw on some lines to give the look of the “screw top” part of the bulb. I feel like this part is totally optional. I tried it on a few and ended up liking the look so I continued with the remaining paper bulbs.Holiday Light GarlandNext, I hotglued the paper lights to some string making sure they were spaced about evenly. That’s not an exact science at all – just eyeball it.

Christmas Light Garland Wreath To add the Christmas lights garland to the frame I just wrapped my garland around the frame taping it with scotch tape to keep the ends secure.Christmas Light Paper Garland copy I obviously varied from my inspiration. The framed chalkboard I used, I already had on hand. It’s shape wasn’t nearly as fun so it needed a little something so I added the “Merry & Bright” to take it to next level. Lastly, to hang the whole thing. This is kind of funny, Originally I didn’t have anything to hang it. I could have used a plain white piece of fabric but with a white door, and a white frame I wanted a pop of color. So I went through my scrap bucket (save your scraps people!) and ended up sewing a few scraps together to make the fabric tie.

And um, did you see my deer wreath hanger? I know! I’m dying over him and totally considering spraying him gold.
Paper Light Garland

So that’s the paper Christmas Lights Garland Door Hanging in full detail.

But there’s more… when I found out about my sweet friend Lauren, from the Thinking Closet‘s, Silhouette Challenge, I begged asked her nicely  to let me join in. She’s a genius, I love my Silhouette so naturally I had to be in. You can check out the other participants of the Silhouette Challenge by clicking any of the link below. Enjoy!

DIY Ironing Board Hanger by The Turquoise Home
Silhouette Challenge: Time Zone Bathroom Art by Nearly Handmade
Santa’s Christmas Countdown by Tried & True
Nautical Anchor Pillow Tutorial by The Thinking Closet
Christmas Card Ornament with Free Cut File by unOriginalMom
Thanksgiving and Christmas Dual Sign by Architecture of a Mom
Itching to Etch by Get Silvered
Snowman Tag ~ Silhouette Challenge by Whats Next Ma
Thanksgiving Sign by Chicken Scratch NY
DIY Horse Silhouette Pillow by Rain on a Tin Roof
Sketching on Fabric by The Sensory Emporium
Paper Leaf Garland by Lil’ Mrs. Tori
DIY Blessing Board – Silhouette Challenge by One Tough Mother
Christmas Pillow by Create & Babble
Glass Painting with Reverse Stencils by Givemeapaintbrush
Chalkboard Thankful Tree by Cutesy Crafts
Bottoms Up! MYO Wine Tag by From Wine to Whine
‘Happy Holly-days’ Tags for the Swap by An Elegant Touch…
Thank You for Dinner (Card) by Everyday Paper
Advent Star Christmas Countdown by My Favorite Finds
Geometric Fabric Bowls by Please Excuse My Craftermath…
Paper Carnival by Home At Eight
Silhouette Cameo Tutorial: Dual Sided Business Cards by Black and White Obsession
In Case of Emergency Baby Bag Tags by Tossed Salad Life
Christmas On My Mind by Creative Turn
Jingle all the Way! by My Paper Craze
We Are Thankful by 4 You With Love
Seattle Skyline Silhouette by Sowdering About in Seattle
DIY Stenciled Mugs by Coley’s Corner


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DIY Bunny Trick Or Treat Basket

Just a few days left to get ready for the ghosts and ghouls friends. Or in our case, little bunny rabbits :) My little one is going to be a little bunny this year. It’s something we just came up with this week (talk about waiting until the last minute…) and it’s easily put together so I decided to spend a little time on making a little trick or treat basket to go with her costume this year!
DIY Bunny Trick Or Treat Basket_edited-1How cute is this little bunny trick or treat basket? It was so EASY and really fun to craft together, I even put together a little tutorial to share today!

Bunny Treat BasketYou need an empty bucket. I’ve been saving this one for a few weeks knowing I wanted to make a trick or treat basket for P. You could also grab one of those $1 pumpkin baskets and cover it easily as well. Other supplies you’ll need are fabric (about 1/2 yard), hot glue gun, and embellishments (will differ depending on your character).Bunny Trick or Treat BasketTo cover the bucket, I laid out a piece of fabric, folded over to make it a bit thicker, then folded the ends into the basket, hotgluing it into place. Bunny Rabbit Treat Basket Keep folding and hot gluing the fabric into the bucket until you make it all the way around.
Halloween Treat BasketNext, I added the bunny ears. I decided to do gold ears for a little bit of glam! To do the ears I just folded a pipe cleaner in half, and then glued the ends together and bent the ears until I got the arch I wanted.Halloween-Trick-Or-Treat-BasketNext, I hot glued the ears to the front part of the bucket on the inside (about a half inch down).DIY Halloween Treat BasketAnd no bunny is complete without a poofy bunny tail! After creating a quick yard pom pom, I hot glued the bunny tail in place.Bunny Treat BucketNext I embellished the face with all sorts of goodies: Pom pom eyes, button nose with yarn whiskers and a pipe cleaner mouth. The last step is to ad a  handle. I cheated and just safety pinned a braided piece of fabric on either side to create a handle. Next year I’ll be sure to make proper holes in the bucket before doing all the embellishing since she’ll be bigger and simple safety pins may not hold.

DIY Bunny Treat BasketShe’s already loving it and has been carrying it all around the house…and outside… to collect leaves :) DIY Treat Bucket I am really looking forward to taking her trick or treating for the first time tomorrow and this will be Daddy’s first Halloween with her since he was deployed last year.

What are your kiddos dressing up as?


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Last Minute Halloween Decor with Cottonelle

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Cottonelle, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #CottonelleTarget  http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO.

The trick or treaters are coming this week folks! If you need a quick last minute something to spook your neighbors I’ve got the perfect last minute Halloween decor for you. It was fun to make and I bet you have the main “ingredient” in your house right now.
Spooky Spider Web Door DecorCheck out my Cottonelle Toilet Paper Spider and TP web! I  was able to whip this up in 20 minutes or so and it’s going to be perfect to spook the my trick or treaters.

Here’s what you’ll need

Cottonelle Triple Roll (So you can have a nice big spider)

Black Ribbon

8 Black Pipe Cleaners

Hot Glue


Spider Web Door Decor

Grab a roll of TP. I love Cottonelle Triple Roll because it’s nice a fat, making it the perfect spider body (plus you don’t need to change the TP roll as often…keepin’ it real!). Start by dabbing a little hot glue in the middle of your TP roll to hold the end of the ribbon.
Spider TutorialThen you can start wrapping the ribbon around the roll. I had to cut pieces of ribbon to get them through the roll, making sure to hot glue the ends to the inside of the roll.Spider Door Tutorial

After your roll is completely wrapped with ribbon, you have your spider body complete. For the legs, hot glue four pipe cleaners to the inside of the TP roll and then bend the ends for a more authentic look ;) Toilet Paper Spider

Here’s the fun part. You get to TP your own house! Create a little web for your spider. I did this by winding the TP up and taping it together into a web.  Here’s a little trick for hanging your big ol’ spider, use fishing string. Yup! I just fed a piece of fishing string and tied the ends, and duck taped it to the top of the door. That’s all friends. 30 minutes and we have the perfect last minute Halloween decor!


And guess what? At Target, you can get a free box of Kleenex when you buy Cottonelle Triple Roll 12 pack or larger with this coupon. This coupon is only good while supplies last so hurry hurry and get your #1 Halloween decor supply!


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Chalkboard Pumpkin Planters

Have you seen the latest trend? It’s turning pumpkins into anything and everything. I love it and I’m on the bandwagon! Turns out the bright orange plastic jack o’ lanterns aren’t destined to just be hideous (too strong?) candy buckets. They have the ability to be so much more… like planters, and chalkboard planters! Yes.Chalkboard Pumpkin Planters

Chalkboard Pumpkin Planters

I wanted to whip up a quick fall porch on the cheap so I went back to basics. It doesn’t get any more basic then the good ol’ orange jack o’ lantern. Am I right? Those things go back as far as I can remember but from here on they will be much cuter in my memory :)
Chalkboard Pumpkin PlantersAll I did to turn the orange pumpkins into fabulous chalkboard pumpkin planters, was to paint them with chalkboard paint. After a few coats (letting them dry completely in between coats), they were ready for some fall foliage.
Chalkboard Pumpkin PlantersI planted some pretty yellow mums in each planter. They are just quintessentially fall in my book. And can we just talk about how fun chalkboard paint is? I’m already having a blast with these little chalkboard pumpkin planters. I love that I can change the message frequently throughout the season. I have a couple of ideas for Halloween as it gets a bit closer. So fun!Chalkboard Pumpkin Planters

Here’s the deal with this super quick and cheap fall porch, my chalkboard pumpkin planters only cost $1 each. At that price it’s really hard not to want a zillion of them. I also got a bundle of Indian corn from the pumpkin patch along with a few pumpkins – because no fall porch is complete with real pumpkins (ps one of the orange ones is fake).

I’m so happy with my new fall planters. They totally transform my idea of those well known orange jack o’ lanterns. How about you?!

Check out my other fall projects:

Pumpkin Decorating Ideas: Gold Confetti PumpkinsGold Confetti Pumpkins

Fall Decorating A DIY Harvest SignDIY Harvest Sign

A Fall VignetteFall Vignette

Sharing this project at Savvy Southern Style


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Pumpkin Decorating Ideas: Gold Confetti Pumpkins

Are you loving fall? I am. Even though it was in the 80s this weekend, we took our daughter to the pumpkin patch. It was so fun! She loved all the pumpkins and the animals and Matt and enjoyed lemon shake ups and kettle corn (that stuff is so addicting). After a fall filled day I was ready to get going on some more fall decorating. It was a really busy week for us last week so it was great to finally dive into some projects this weekend. One thing I’m really loving this season is GOLD. I can’t get enough of the shiny metallics. If you are looking for some fun pumpkin decorating ideas, let me show you my latest obsession, these gold confetti pumpkins!

Pumpkin Decorating Ideas: Gold Confetti Pumpkins

Aren’t they GLAM?

You guys know how much I love cheap and easy, and these pumpkins totally are! $1 for each pumpkin, the spray paint and paint had on hand. Even if you have to go out and buy a can of gold spray paint, you won’t regret it – you’ll want to spray everything you own gold, it’s that fun!
Pumpkin Decorating Ideas: Gold Confetti Pumpkins

The Dollar Tree has some great cheapie fall/Halloween decorations. These foam pumpkins are the perfect canvas for all sorts of fun pumpkin decorating ideas!
Pumpkin Decorating Ideas: Gold Confetti Pumpkins

I spray painted them with gold metallic paint, then painted white confetti dots, with the eraser tip of a pencil. It was so easy and took less than 10 minutes to complete both pumpkins! Aren’t they such a fun addition? Pumpkin Decorating Ideas: Gold Confetti PumpkinsThese little babies are hanging out on my newly made over end table, and of course I tossed in my favorite mini white pumpkins. I wish I could have a gazillion of those little white pumpkins. And I know my little one agrees, I catch her at least a few times a day trying to sneak away with them. :)
Pumpkin Decorating Ideas: Gold Confetti Pumpkins I’m always looking for cute pumpkin ideas – this one totally fits the bill, don’t you think? Do you have any unique pumpkin decorating ideas?

More Fall Projects you may love:

Chalkboard Pumpkin PlantersChalkboard Pumpkin Planters

Fall Decorating A Fall VignetteFall Vignette

makinghomebase fall wreathBurlap Fall Wreath

Sharing this project at Savvy Southern Style


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Coffee Filter Topiary Tutorial

Coffee Filter Topiary Tutorial Yesterday, I shared my fall vignette. Don’t you love the little gold pumpkins? Me too. My favorite part though; the DIY topiaries. They anchor the whole vignette while giving it some height.

Today, I’m going to share how to make a Coffee Filter Topiary.

Fall Coffee Filter TopiariesI started out with these styrofoam balls.DIY Coffee Filter TopiaryAnd began hot gluing and pinning coffee filters all around. The best strategy for this seemed to sticking your finger or pencil in the middle of the coffee filter then folding the filters in half and then half again, then hot glue to the styrofoam ball, gluing around in a circle then gluing the filters to the top and bottom.

Once the ball is covered in nice fluffy coffee filters, stick a wooden dowel in the center of your ball. My dowels were about 18 inches each.

Tutorial Coffee Filter TopiaryFor the burlap pot, I covered a plain terra cotta pot with burlap then stuffed another styrofoam ball inside the pot sticking the other end of the dowel into the styrofoam ball and hot glued it into place.
coffee filter topiary So simple right? I just love the way it turned out. They look great in my fall vignette. For a fall look, I wrapped some raffia around the topiary and added a little faux autumn sprig. The best part about the coffee filter topiary is that you can carry it over to Christmas or use it all year round. Love!

The Lettered Cottage



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Fall Garland

Bit of fall are showing up in my house. And I love it.

Fall Garland in 5 minutesFall is such a beautiful time of year. Things just seem more cozy don’t you think?

I bet it’s cooling off in some of your neck of the woods. Maybe the leaves are changing colors. None of this is happening down here in good ol’ southern California.

One thing I love about moving around the country is that we have the good fortune of “test driving” different cities. We get to experience so many different places and learn what we love and what we aren’t so crazy about. I keep a little list in my head of things we want in our forever town (the town we settle down in after the military days are over) and things we want in our forever house. One thing I definitely want in our forever town is seasons. Having sunshine all year round is lovely but I do miss the cool fall breeze and even (gasp) snow. Some other things  that are must haves in our forever town will be tons of mature trees, drive in movie theaters, delicious donut shop, and some pretty countryside. Everything on my list is a tiny bit negotiable except for the donut shop and fall, those are must haves.

So, maybe it’s 90 degrees outside and it turns out that palm trees don’t change colors. It’s still fall inside my house. Today I’m share one of my fall projects this year.

5 minute fall garland

Here’s my super easy and super cheap Dollar Store Leaves Fall Garland.

Fall Garland TutorialIt’s no secret how much I love a nice budget project. This one is perfecto. I mean $1 perfect. I snagged a package of fall leaves from the Dollar Tree for a quick and easy fall garland.

One bag of leaves, sewing machine, and 5 minutes later – it was garland time (yeah, I said that.)

Fall Leaves Garland TutorialOkay, to make your fall garland, grab your leaves and have them handy. Start by sewing a seam up the center of your first leaf.

Dollar Fall Leaves GarlandOnce you’ve sewn that seam, push your next leaf through keeping a running seam. Continue to do that with as many leaves as you would like on your garland.

Fall Leaves GarlandThat’s it. 5 minutes later you’ve got yourself some festive fall garland.

Dollar Store Leaf Garland

Little bits of fall starting to show up in our house.

I’d love to hear if you’ve started decorating for fall. Also, do you have a wish list for your forever town or forever home? I’d love to hear about it in the comments or find me on Facebook or Instagram.

I’ve shared this project with these great link parties: Rain on a Tin Roof, Savvy Southern Style


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Chalkboard Notebook for Back to School

Back to School time is here! My best friend sent her son off to Kindergarten, so exciting! I have a few years before I have to start thinking about my peanut heading to school but that hasn’t stopped me from stocking up on my favorite “school supplies.” Ehm… notebooks! As a blogger, I never have enough notebooks. You would think I would prefer electronic, but nope – I love a good ol’ notebook to write down all my ideas. So for your back to school and just all around super cute idea… I made this Chalkboard Notebook, and today I’m showing you how!

Chalkboard Notebook for Back to School

I pretty much love anything chalkboard. In fact, sometimes it’s almost like a game trying to decide what around my house I can turn into a chalkboard… it’s true! My latest was this composition notebook. Target had these bad boys on sale for back to school so I snagged one for only $.50.
Chalkboard Notebook for Back to School

With the notebook in hand, I grabbed my chalkboard paint and a little foam brush and got started.Chalkboard Notebook for Back to School

I the notebook with light coats of chalkboard paint allowing it to dry between coats. It took about three coats to complete.
Chalkboard Notebook for Back to School

After the paint is dry, I season my chalkboard. That was super easy! You just take the side of your chalk and rub it onto your chalkboard notebook, then wipe it off with a dry rag or paper towel. Chalkboard Notebook for Back to School

This seriously came out perfectly! Wouldn’t this chalkboard notebook be so cute to write homework reminders on? Or even class schedule? Super fun!
Chalkboard Notebook for Back to School

But, since I don’t have any back to school kiddos, I made this one for myself :)

I thought it would be fun to draw a little tribal print on mine, which I think came out pretty cute.

There are endless possibilities to a chalkboard notebook and it’s something outside your normal notebook! I hope you enjoy it!

For more chalkboard fun you can also check out my chalkboard painted tray and my chalkboard countdown sign.

This project was original shared at Mom 4 Real.


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Washi Tape and Paper Bag Picnic Utensil Holder

Hello to you!

It’s Friday! Woot!

Have any picnics coming up?

It’s summer! And that’s picnic season around here. Preferably at the beach.

paper bag washi tap utensil holder

For my latest picnic event I wanted some cute utensil holders. Nothing fancy, just a fun little something that will hold the utensil while looking pretty cute.

So I whipped up these utensil holders using paper bags and washi tape.

(Really… any excuse to use washi tape is my kind of project)

They were really easy to make and the best part is that they serve two purposes; utensil holders, and since they are paper bags you can put your trash inside when you’re all done! How awesome is that?paper bag picnic utensil holder

1. To make them you’ll need paper lunch sacks, washi tape, and an alphabet stamp.

2. Fold your paper bag from the bottom up at the seam to create a pocket.

3. Seal the side with washi tape. I did this by placing one strip of washi tape on the front allowing it to slightly hang over the edge, then put another strip on the back side so the pieces of tape stick together.

4. Do the same on the other side.

5. Stamp your saying onto the front pocket. I used “Bon Apétit”

6. Stuff with your napkin and utensils

It’s seriously that easy! Paper Bag Utensil Holder

Now, they are ready to go to our next beach picnic which I’m hoping is this weekend!

Enjoy your weekend sweet friends!

This project was originally shared at Mom 4 Real



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Last Minute 4th of July Decor: 20 Minute Patriotic Placemats

I LOVE 4th of July. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m a social studies major or American history lover, but I take so much pride in the day! I love the meaning behind the holiday. I love the summer nights, fireworks, yummy bbq food! I love it all and it’s just quintessential summer for me. I have been so caught up in the summer sunshine that I have gotten a bit behind on my 4th of July Decor. Even though, the 4th is just days away it’s not too late to whip something up. You all know I love a quick and easy project so I grabbed a drop cloth and made a few Patriotic Placemats. In less than 20 minutes you can make some too!

patriotic placemats

I didn’t have time for a big project, so I just wanted to create a few placemats for my kitchen table to bring a little red, white, and blue into our home. They are no sew, (That’s right, you don’t even have to bust out the sewing machine!) so the most time consuming part is cutting your fabric!

Ready for the tutorial? Here’s what you’ll need: an existing placemat for measurements, a drop cloth or canvas material, acrylic paint, paint brushes, stencil.

Step 1: Measure your existing placemat. Mine measured about 17 in x 13 in. Then cut your placemats the same size. No need for seam allowance as this is a no sew project!

Step 2: Pull out some of the threads and allow it to fray. This will give it a more shabby look.

Step 3: Iron placemats.

Step 4: Grab your stencil (I created mine on my Silhouette Cameo), paints, and paint brushes and get ready to paint.

Step 5: Paint graphics onto your placemats.

I painted “1776″ at the bottom of each placemat with stars at the top left. So fun!

patriotic placemats 20 min

I love how the turned out! The perfect patriotic touch for my 4th of July Decor!

20 min patriotic placemats

Won’t these be great to whip up for a 4th of July barbecue? They would be super cute outdoors as well!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a wonderful and safe 4th of July holiday.

I’m linking up to these great parties, and Savvy Southern Style.


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Beachy Mason Jar Terrarium

My husband is in the Navy so it’s no surprise that for the last 6 of 7 years we’ve lived by some sort of water. I love the beach and it inspires a lot of my projects. You can see that in my Nautical Wreath or my Sisal Rope Coasters.

Now that summer is we are planning lots of beach days. Even my one year old loves to put her toes in the sand!

In the spirit of summer and all the beach days we anticipate having I wanted to share my Beachy Mason Jar Terrarium.

beachy mason jar terrarium

This project was two fold. I love terrariums and I never know what to do with the pretty seashells and seaglass we find on the beach. Thus, my beachy mason jar terrarium was born. It ended up being the perfect way to display those seaside finds. It also cost next to nothing and you know I love a good frugal project :) beach mason jar terrerium

Here’s what you’ll need: A mason jar, some sand, some beach finds (I used seaglass, seashells, and some driftwood). Optional: washi tape, chalkboard paint to paint the top of your jar, and ribbon for embellishment (not pictured).beachy tererrium

Now, there is no perfect way to put these together making it super easy. This is how I did it: I filled my jar about half full with sand. Then carefully placed my seashells trying not to disturb the sand too much. After everything was places I lightly shook the jar to settle the sand. beach terrerium

Now, to dress up the jar I painted the top with chalkboard paint and wrote on top which beaches they came from. In this case it was, Hawaii. We used to live there. We could walk to the beach. Oh now I want a pineapple ice cream cone… :)

I also wrapped a little washi tape around the rim for some decoration.
hawaii beach terrerium

And just because I love this new crocheted ribbon, I added a piece of it to my jar. So pretty.
seashell terrerium

It’s a fun way to bring a little bit of your favorite beach home with you.

I’m interested, what do you do with your beach finds?

This project was first shared on Mom 4 Real.

Linking up to these great parties and Liz Marie Blog


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Summer Nautical Wreath: Say Hello Summer and A Summer Celebration Series

I’m super excited to share my summer nautical wreath today!

Summer time is upon us and I am looking forward to lots of beach days, grilling out, and just enjoying the California sunshine. Are you ready for summer?

summer celebration save the date

You guys are in for a HUGE treat because today, I’m kicking off 11 days of Summer a Summer Celebration Series. (Check out that line up!) Over the next 11 days, my friends and I are going to be sharing some fantastic summer projects! Sound good?

Let’s get this party started, shall we?

welcome aboard summer nautical wreath

 If you’ve been around here a while you may have noticed that I enjoy nautical themed decor. As a part of my summer decor, I created a summer nautical wreath. I’m sharing a simple tutorial here so you can make your own!

Supplies: Wreath form or a dollar store pool noodle, tape, navy and white yarn, sisal rope, ribbon and burlap for embellishment.
welcome aboard summer nautical wreathIf you have a wreath form you are ready to start wrapping. If you are using a pool noodle you’ll need to cut about 6 inches or so off your noodle (I used a bread knife) and then form a circle and tape the two ends together.

Next you’ll want to mark off four quarters of your wreath so your yarn sections will be somewhat even. Then you can get started wrapping. Dab a little hot glue to the back of the wreath to hold the yarn in place and start wrapping. Once you’ve gotten to the quarter mark, cut the yarn, dab a little hot glue to finish off that section. Repeat for the other three sections. Place your sisal rope in between the sections (you’ll also want to hot glue the sisal rope in place).
welcome aboard summer nautical wreath

Now your wreath will look something like this. Ready for embellishment.

welcome aboard summer nautical wreath

The little package of ribbon came from Michaels. The colors are perfect for a nautical wreath!

welcome aboard summer nautical wreath

To embellish the wreath, I hung the ribbons banner style with a little bit of hot glue and then created a little burlap bunting with “Welcome Aboard.” The burlap bunting was just scraps cut into little triangles about an inch and a half in size.

welcome aboard summer nautical wreath

I’m totally loving the summery nautical look! welcome aboard summer nautical wreath

We are all ready for summer over here! My friend April from House By Hoff is sharing another awesome summer project tomorrow, be sure to pop in you won’t want to miss it!

Linking up to here and I Should Be Mopping The Floor, Clean & Scentsible, Savvy Southern Style, Liz Marie Blog


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Fabric Covered Picture Frame

Happy Friday! I wanted to pop in really fast and share with you a quick las minute craft that you can whip up for mom (or grandma) for mother’s day! I made this fabric covered picture frame for my own mom.

Fabric Covered Picture Frame

I wanted to give her something cute that she can put on her desk and school. She loves to show off her grand baby so I thought it would be fun to gift a frame with P’s hand print in it and she can switch it out for the latest pictures as time goes on.

fabric cover picture frame

To make your own you’ll need a wood frame, I got mine from Michael’s for $1. You’ll also need fabric scraps cut into stripes approximately 1 inch in width, modge podge, and an exacto knife.

making home base Fabric Covered Picture Frame Give the frame a nice slather of modge podge then start laying the stripes side by side across the entire frame.

fabric covered picture frame making home base

After the frame is covered with stripes of fabric give it a nice healthy coat of modge podge over top.

Forgive me for not including a photo of the next step but after the modge podge has dried, take an exacto knife (or ehm a box cutter if that’s what you have on hand…just sayin) and cut the excess fabric off around the frame.

makinghomebase fabric covered picture frame

All that’s left is to pop in a sweet photo of cute little palm print and give it to the mom in your life! Have a great weekend, friends and




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GLAM Spray Painted Watering Can Vase

Do you ever just want to “glam up” stuff? I bought gold spray paint a while ago for my painted flower pots and ever since I’ve been going around my house picking out things that could use a little glamming up! Because you know, a coat of gold automatically gives anything a more glamorous look. I tried it out with this spray painted watering can vase and it’s true, instant glam! Let’s take a look.


This vase is easy to transform! It’s a perfect addition to home decor but even better, how fun would this be fore fresh cut flowers for Mother’s Day?!! (I’ve got you covered. You’re welcome!)

spray painted water can

If you come around often then you know I love love love a pretty project that is easy and inexpensive!

 You also know that I frequent the target dollar section.

Which by the way is no longer only $1 – What’s up with that Target? 

I picked up this watering can from Target for a couple bucks. I wasn’t crazy about the bright red color so from the beginning I had planned to spray paint it.

watering tin

As well as I said before, I’m kind of on a gold kick so after two coats this became my gold spray painted watering can.

gold watering tin

It makes such a lovely vase! I placed a bunch of faux flowers in the vase but I can see a big bunch of fresh hydrangeas for mom in here too! Wouldn’t that be so lovely?

I seriously love what paint can do. Don’t you?

Linking up to some of these parties and Inspire Me Please Link Party, Lolly Jane, Twelve O Eight


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