Monday, July 30, 2012

6 DIY Autumn Decorations Under $6!



I really wanted to participate in the Autumn talent scouting contest over at Whisperwood Cottage, but I didn't really have very many Fall decorations.



So I came up with 6 fun projects for under $6 a piece!

The first project is this big, fun "Pumpkins Apples Hayrides" sign. Believe it or not, this baby was FREE! I already had the paint and paintbrushes on hand from other projects, and the board/ cabinet door/ not sure what it is... was Free at a yard sale! I really loved the frame and the grooves in it, and I knew right when I saw it that I wanted to make a sign out of it.
{Update: Tutorial Here}



I actually have a tutorial in the works for this sign including a free copy of the design if anyone is interested in making it. I will be posting it soon.

{Update: Tutorial Here}

I have also had a few people ask for a tutorial of how I paint/distress wood to make it look like it is really old {like my lamp project here}. I love it when it looks like it has layers and layers of worn paint! That will be included in the sign tutorial as well.



My second Autumn decor idea was {of course-- I love them!} one of my vintage book page pinwheel banners. This time, I made it out of a book I already had in my stash with a really great patina, which I thought was perfect for fall decor {I just remembered that the guy gave this book to me for free because it was "ruined" haha...}. Did you know that a lot of the books that were published during WWII here in the United States have this patina? I heard that the quality of paper had something to do with the ration on paper at the time.

I already had all of these supplies on hand so this project was free for me as well. But, you can pick up books like this at thrift stores for a couple of dollars if you keep an eye out. So, if you are looking to make a banner with a lot of character and charm, you can find one of those fun WWII era books with a great patina and follow my tutorial here.



My third project was two of these vintage napkin pennant banners {tutorial here}. I made one out of a set of beautiful vintage white cut work napkins I found for $1 at a thrift store. The other one, I made out of another set of vintage napkins that I found at the same thrift store, for $1, with cute embroidered Autumn-colored flowers. The seam binding cost $1.88 a piece which put the project's total cost at $5.76. I tea dyed the seam binding for the embroidered napkins and it matched perfectly with the aged color of the napkins.



Here are a few pictures of my dining room in all of its Autumn glory :). I replaced some of the more summer-colored things with items that had more of a fall feel including the basket, pretzel tin, gourds, and my last three projects.  



For my fourth project, I made this luminary out of some old wood I had in the backyard. {tutorial here} Lucky for me, my husband hadn't hauled it to the dump yet! Our neighbor's dog keeps eating holes in our fence and we keep replacing boards, so there was quite a nice little stash to choose from!

I have a tutorial in the works for this luminary as well. It is super simple to make if you have the drill bit to make the holes. My cost on this: Again, Free since I already had the supplies. But if you don't already have this drill bit, it only costs under $4 at Lowes.  

It is actually has a really great ambiance in person, which I think Fall decor is all about: warmth. Warm colors, warm rich textures, warm lighting, etc.
{Disclaimer: if anyone makes this, be sure to use enclosed glass, or battery operated, candles only under supervision so you don't burn your house down. I put my candle jars in the middle, and I had no problems}

My fifth project was refinishing this old tray that my fabulous friend found for me at a yard sale for $3. I used the same book pages as above so it would have that nice rich coloring.

First, I painted the tray with some paint I had on hand, and then I just Mod Podged the book pages right on. I recommend using two coats of Mod Podge, allowing time to dry in between.

My 6th and final project was actually one I made last fall when I got the urge to add warmth and natural textures to my home. I loved this burlap table runner so much, I have kept it on the table ever since! You can see the tutorial here.  The funny thing it that after I made it, I walked into Pottery Barn and saw the same exact thing selling for $50! Mine only cost me about $6 with a coupon at JoAnn Fabrics.

There you have it! 6 Autumn decor projects for under $6 a piece! I think it is so fun to add seasonal decor without spending a lot of money. A little creativity {and sometimes some junk from the backyard} goes a long way!

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34 comments :

Jennifer said...

Love all of your fall projects, esp the sign. I can't wait to see your tute on it! Thanks for sharing with us!

Jennifer

Kristel said...

What lovely fall decorations you have made! Can't wait on your tutorial on distressing signs, and your wooden luminary is just adorable.

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Your diningroom is so pretty Kristen! Love the tray and I really have to look for a WWII book now...I never knew that about the color of the pages, thanks for sharing!

WhisperWood Cottage said...

Fabulous post, Kristen! I love the concept of 6 projects under $6! Thanks for linking up to The "Autumn D├ęcor" Talent Scouting Party at WhisperWood Cottage!

cathywhatisoldisnew said...

Beautiful decorations-and the tray is great! Hard to believe we are starting to talk about fall already.

Kristin @ Simply Klassic Home said...

Seriously you are freaking amazing. You are making me want fall, and it's only July!

Audrey said...

Love the fall decorations! I want to make them all now! You are so creative! Can't wait for the tuts! :-)

Heather said...

Your sign is gorgeous! I'm finally starting to get excited about fall :)

Claire @ a little something in the meantime . . . said...

Hi Kristen!

I just found your site a few weeks ago and absolutely love all of your beautiful projects and stunning photos. Pure eye candy!

I am anxiously looking forward to your tutorials for these projects because everything looks amazing (and definitely magazine-worthy!)

Thanks for sharing so much inspiration!

Bronwyn said...

Wow! What a coy little autumn scene! Your projects are delightful-my fave is the napkin pennants. I love the feel of your home and your photos. They are o welcoming and homey!

Ranchgirl said...

Oh wow. You are so crafty, talented, cute, and creative you might have to rename your blog so it says this behind your name. I love the table runner! Fun stuff.

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Love all your projects, I'm SO ready for Fall!!

Jen Kershner said...

That's amazing! I will be looking forward to the sign tutorial, although, it's hard for me to imagine that mine would look half that good!

tattered elegance said...

thanks so much for sharing! I gotta have that sign i can't wait for the tutorial! Im your newest follower so glad i found you love your blog your such an inspiration!!

Candace & Nicole said...

Everything is so pretty! I am loving your sign, can't wait for the tutorial! -Candace

JohansenWest said...

I wish you could come and help me decorate/design my house... I'm a mess. Everything here is so gorgeous. I'm impressed, but not surprised. You're amazing.

Melissa said...

Love love love the sign... definitely looking forward to the tutorial. :)

xoxo,
Melissa

Lorie V. said...

Love all these projects especially the sign.... can't wait for the tutorial!

Keeping it Cozy said...

I'm not sure which project is my favorite! I love them all and your photos are just gorgeous. The sign is pretty special... looking forward to the tutorial!

terrid614 said...

i LOVE that sign and i totally want to make one! so cute! your blog and house is adorable! i am your latest follower!

Katie Olthoff said...

The vignette and photography is gorgeous!!! Great job!

Sarah said...

I just always love your projects! I found your blog recently and have been hooked ever since! You are very good at vignetting as well. I can't wait to see more on the sign, I just love it. I'm curious, are those pumpkins and gourds real or fake? They look awesome! Sorry for the random load of comments, haha. :)

Danette Dillon said...

Just found your blog through pinterest. I'm in love! I'm doing the pinwheel garland tonight. Love. Love. Love!

~Danette
www.danettedillon.com

Laurel Stephens said...

Your fall projects are ALL OVER Pinterest! Everyone is enchanted with them, as am I. No pressure or anything :) but I can't wait to see how you made your beautiful Autumn sign because I WANT one, too!! Of course little Ella's first birthday must be savored fully before you turn to writing your how-to, but I am so looking forward to another great Ella Claire tutorial!

Custom Comforts said...

Love your fall ideas and looking forward to your tutorial. Came over from Brenda's and she is right ~ what a truly lovely daughter, home, and blog you have.
Cindy

Megan {Splendid Design} said...

As soon as I saw the sign on Pinterest I had to come over and check it out! I can't wait for the tutorial.

Megan

Becca @ The Sassy Penguin said...

I can't wait for this tutorial! I am in love with this sign and I plan to try to make one of my own this weekend!

Kim Burns said...

I love Fall and can't wait to make this sign! Thanks for sharing your creativity:)

Kristen {Ella Claire} said...

Charity, you are so sweet to me! Thank you so much! I would love to come over ;)

Ami Allison said...
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Ami Allison said...

GORGEOUS!!! I love this. Pinning this on my Fall board. Thanks for sharing. I would love to have you stop by at AliLily- Ami

Lisa said...

Kristen I just love your sign! Do you mind if I include it on my Top 10 Fall Decor ideas this week?

Katie Sue said...

I just found your site through sweetsomethingdesign. I love your pumpkin, apple and hayride sign. I have had a restful evening making one out of an oops board, so it will be free.
Thank you for such a cute craft.
Katie

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

I shared this today on my facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/BeyondThePicketFenceEtsyShopAndBlog

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