Fall Sign

For those of you who follow along with The Idea Room on Facebook and Instagram, you might have noticed that I have been on a little adventure this past week.  I was invited by a group of Israeli students (who are part of the Stand With Us organization) and the Israel Tourism of Ministry, to spend 5 days with them on an amazing foodie tour,  Taste of Israel.

It has always been a dream of mine to visit Israel and so you can imagine my excitement when I received the invitation.  Truth be told, I was not sure it was legitimate due to the amount of spam mail I receive on a daily basis.  But it was real…and it happened!  I had an amazing time in so many expected and unexpected ways, and I can’t wait to share more about it with you here in later posts!

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But…today, I am going to be sharing with you a Fall Sign that I wanted to share with you while I was in Israel, but I just simply ran out of time and energy to get it ready before I left, and there were more pressing things to attend to…like snuggling with my sweet little girl and watching Despicable Me for the 27th time.

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Fall is absolutely one of my favorite seasons of the year.  I am so grateful to be able to live in an area where we have four seasons because each one brings new things to look forward too.  One of my VERY favorite songs is “Come Thou Font of Every Blessing” and I knew that I wanted to be reminded of this in this season of Thanks and Gratitude.

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The sign itself was really easy to make.  And the best part was that I made it with scraps of wood I had laying around from older projects…which means it was pretty much FREE!! Who doesn’t love that?!

I just took some pine tongue and groove boards (which I had left over from the kitchen plank ceiling) and cut them down to 24 inches in length.  The sign is 3 boards high and measured 11 inches in height.

I glued them onto a thin piece of plywood with the same measurements of 11 (h) x 24 (w) inches.  I then stained the wood with one of my favorite stains, Minwax’s Red Mahagony.  After it had dried, I used some thin wood strips of wood (1/4 inch by 1 inch) to make a small frame around the edges of the sign.  I stained it as well and then secured it to the edge of the sign with a couple of really small nails and some wood glue.

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Then, I cut out a stencil for the words with my Silhouette and used the vinyl as a stencil by laying it right where I wanted the words to be on the sign.  Then I covered the rest of the sign with some painters tape and paper so that the sign would not get any spray paint any place other than the words.

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Then I lightly sprayed the words with white spray paint.  This way the words have a really soft quality to them.  Then when the paint was dry, I removed the stencil and paper and ran a light sandpaper over them to give it a distressed look.

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I really like how the words are offset to one side as well.  I also love how every time I see this sign, I start singing that song.  I feel like it has been a great reminder to me for the real reason of the upcoming Holiday Season.

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And, if you are interested in the Fabric Pumpkins I also have displayed, I shared how I made them a couple of years ago here: Fabric Pumpkin Tutorial.

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Fall Leaves Decor

Hey Idea Roomers! I am McKenzie from Girl Loves Glam and I am thrilled to be participating in the Fall Festival! The Idea Room has always been a source of inspiration for me. Amy is as sweet in person as she is on her blog too.
I am excited to share the newest addition to my Fall decor with you today, my door hanger. Not only is it so easy, but it is inexpensive too! You can’t go wrong with that.

You will need…
8 felt leaf place mats (I found mine at the dollar store!)
Burlap garland or ribbon
Ribbon (this will be hidden)
Hot glue or Tacky Glue
Spray starch
Flat iron
You are probably thinking, a flat iron?! Yes! I didn’t want the leaves to be totally flat against the door, so I decided to give them a little dimension. Just spray some starch on each of the leaves. Curl the edges of the leaves with your flat iron, by clamping down and curving the flat iron as you pull towards the edges.
Lay out your leaves how you want them to be and glue them together. I used hot glue because my door hanger isn’t actually outside. If it is going to be outside, I recommend using something like Tacky Glue.
Put a ribbon through the top of the leaves. I poked a hole in one, and laced the ribbon through the center slit on another leaf. Tie the ribbon in the back. This is how it will hang up on your door.
Make a giant bow out of your burlap ribbon or garland and glue it to the top of your leaves.
Hang it up and enjoy! I need to give a big thanks to Amy for inviting me to join you today! Come see what else I am up to at Girl Loves Glam, Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter.
Here are a few of my favorite Fall projects so far…
Thanks so much McKenzie! So happy to have you join us! I Just love how fun and cute McKenzie is.  She exudes happiness.  Don’t you just love being around people like that.  Her blog is the same way.  Be sure to stop on over and check out all her other great projects!

Fall craft sign

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Hi there Idea Room fans! We’re simply thrilled to be a part of Amy’s new Fall Festival series and share our latest DIY Fall decor with you today:

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To introduce ourselves, we are Kelli & Kristi of Lolly Jane, an eclectic DIY blog chalk full of home decor tutorials, home improvement projects, crafts, free printables and even a tasty recipe or two. We would love for you to pop by sometime and say hi! Today we’re going to show you how to create a simple piece of art from an unused cabinet door in just a few steps. After designing a few autumn phrases, we cut in out in vinyl to use as a stencil, applied the paint in fall hues and distressed the heck out of the cabinet door, in true Lolly Jane style! Fall-Sign If you don’t have a cabinet door lying around in your decor closet collecting dust available, feel free to simply print our design and place in an 8×10 frame to spruce up your fall space! Fall-Decor Click HERE to download your own :) Free-Fall-Downloads We have learned it can be easy to make something from nothing. (Stay tuned next week to see our upcycled grapevine wreath Kristi pulled from the trash!) A big thanks to Amy for letting us be her guesties today! We hope we have inspired you to start decorating for fall in an inexpensive way. Take a peek at a few of our other fall projects:

Patterned pumpkins | Pumpkin Trio Blocks | Framed Pumpkin Wreath

For more holiday ideas be sure to visit our tutorials page, stop by our FB, Twitter or Pinterest boards. Happy Fall, ya’ll!

Thanks so much ladies. I just love this sign as it has all the things on there that I love about fall. So happy to have Kelli and Kristi here today sharing with us some of their great talents.  I wish I had an awesome twin to craft with :)!!  Be sure to stop on over to Lolly Jane and say hello!  –Amy

fall wreath

Fall is my very favorite season and I have asked a few of my favorite bloggers to share some of their fall favorites here with you.  I am so excited to have Jamielyn from I {Heart} Naptime sharing her adorable Fall Wreath as part of The Idea Room Fall Festival!

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Hi there The Idea Room friends! I’m Jamielyn from iheartnaptime.net and I’m SO excited to be here today. I absolutely adore Amy and her blog. She is one of my favorite bloggers out there and I’m sure you can agree. :)

Today I’m going to share with you this simple and cute fall wreath. I absolutely LOVE decorating for fall! I was so excited to pull out all my fall decor this year.

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Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

Supplies:

  1. Wreath (found at any craft store)
  2. Glitter leaves (found at Hobby Lobby)
  3. One square of felt
  4. Scissors
  5. Hot glue

The first thing you’ll want to do is make the felt flowers. These are really simple to make and can be used for many different crafts.

  1. Start by cutting out a 2 in circle. Don’t worry it doesn’t have to be perfect. ;)
  2. Start on one edge of the circle and cut a swirl until you reach the middle.
  3. Once your circle is cut, grab the edge from the middle and start rolling the piece in like a rose, hot gluing as you go.
  4. Then make about 10 more flowers. You can use different colors and make the circles bigger as well to get a unique look.

Next I glued my leaves around the center of the wreath.

Once the leaves were glued on, I glued felt roses to the center of the leaves and on some of the branches. Add a piece of lace and hang up your new wreath. :)

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I love how it turned out. Everything looks better with glitter, right? Especially during the holidays. ;) Thanks so much for having me today! Come see what else I’m up to at iheartnaptime.net or catch me on Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter.

Paper Pumpkins

Green Chile enchiladas

Chalk paint and distressing tutorial

Have a happy day!

xo-Jamielyn

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Thanks so much Jamielyn for sharing this fun wreath with us!  Such a simple and easy way to get a great fall wreath in your home.  I just love Jamielyn and have enjoyed my friendship with her.  Her is a beautiful person on the inside and outside!  If you have not checked out her site…you really need too.

Fall Projects and Ideas Link-up Party

Want a super easy project that doesn’t need a fancy machine to make? I simply took 3 large pumpkins last year and painted my house number on them. Then I left them on my front porch for over a month. I am actually surprised they didn’t disappear one night due to some teenage pranksters and end up smashed in the street. But they didn’t! We were even able to use them to carve into Jack-o-lanterns right before Halloween last year.

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Isn’t this a fun and simple idea? I saw this on a blog last year…somewhere, and wanted some on my porch. All you have to do it paint your numbers right onto the pumpkins! Easy!

It has been awhile since we did a link up party. I have had a few people ask if I do that anymore. Do you guys like link up parties? Anyways, I thought that maybe I could start doing them on Saturdays every once in a while if the majority of you are interested. Leave a comment and let me know! So here goes! It’s a linky party!

Thanks so much. I am excited to see what you have been up to!

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Thank You!

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Personalized Embroidered Hand Towels

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Make a festive hand embroidered dish towel to celebrate the season…every season. Do you remember these handtowels I made for some friends last Christmas? Well,I just made a Thanksgiving version for my kitchen.

I typed out the word blessing and then traced it onto the bottom half (in the middle) of a flour sac hand towel with a pencil. I found mine at Ben Franklin for $1.50. I have also seen them at Wal-Mart, etc. I then cut out some material (the same material I used for my oven hand mitts) and applied the flowers as an applique to the towel under the word I had penciled on the towel

Then I placed an embroidery hoop around the letters and embroidered the word using a backstitch. I wanted the word to be thick, so I used 4 strands of the embroidery floss.

The fun thing would be to have one for every holiday and season. I had planned on making one for Halloween with the word Boo, but never got around to it. Since the flour sac towels are so large, I think I will just turn the towel around and add the Boo to the other side. Then you could use the same hand towel for both seasons. Just turn the towel to the right side for the season. These could not be simpler to make.

I have this hanging on the handle of my oven door and have tied a ribbon around it, I don’t have to hang it back up anytime the kids get near the towel (if you know what I mean). When the kids dry their hands on it, it actually stays in place!

If you are interested, I have posted the pattern I used along with patterns for Boo!, LOVE, and Gratitude. Click here for the downloadable version.

Fabric Pumpkins

I love to decorate for fall and one of my favorite items to pull out every year are my Fabric Pumpkins.  Want to know how you can make a pumpkin too?

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I saw a tutorial to make these on another blog last year and absolutely fell in love with them, but the link for Holly’s tutorial is no longer working. I have had a few people ask how to make these so here is my version of her original tutorial as I remember it.

I went to JoAnn’s and looked through the Red Tag and Home Decor fabrics and found a lot of cute fabrics in autumn colors. I bought about a 1/4 yard of each. You don’t need much.

Then I just experimented. For taller pumpkins I cut 2 peices of material that measured 12 x 14 inches, with the 14 inch length being the height. For the smaller, wider pumkins I used the same 12 x 14 rectangles but made the 12 inch side the height. Does that make sense. I even added a third size of 11 x 13. It is really up to you.

Then with what ever length you want at the top, fold each peice of material in half with the right sides together (or the side you want showing on the outside). Then sew a crescent shape on the folded edge like the picture. Do this for both peices of material.

Cut off the excess material near your seam.

Now take some coordinating material (I used material that I had made other pumpkins with) and make a stem. I did not sew this as a perfect square, since stems are sometimes curved. Mine measured roughly 2 1/2 w x 4 inches.

Turn your stem inside out and stuff with batting.

Take one of your pumpkin panels and lay it flat with the right side facing up and your sewn crescent up top. Pin your stuffed stem at the top middle with a little stem material poking above the pumpkin material like in the picture above.

Now sew around the entire pumpkin rounding the corners and leaving an opening along the bottom so you can turn it inside out and fill with batting. Trim your corners.

Turn inside out and fill with batting. Hand sew the bottom opening together.

**If your pumpkin has a difficult time standing up on its own, you may need to sew a small bean bag and place it in the bottom of your pumpkin before hand sewing it closed.

Now all you need to do is add a ribbon. I simply took a length of material and sewed the edges and made matching and coordinating ribbons. Or use some store bought ribbon.

Don’t they make you happy? I love FALL!

**update–one of my readers, Deanna, alerted me to the fact that Holly had recently reposted her tutorial which you can see here

Decorative Vase with Dried Millet

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All you need to make one of these is a vase (I found mine at Taipan Trading Co. for around $4), dried millet (or any dried flora of your choice; found mine at Michael’s), a length of ribbon, and rice.

Take the dried millet and gently arrange them so that they sit nicely with the ones in the middle at the tallest and some around the edges at different lengths. Eyeball it! Then measure how tall you want them to stand in your vase.

With scissors, while still firmly grasping them, cut the bottoms of the stems so they are the same length. Then gently tap the stems so that they are all even at the base.

Set the millet in the vase and center it. Grab your rice, which has been placed in a pourable container, and pour it into the vase all around the stems. You may need to place the stems of the millet into a foam or styrofoam base if your vase is not tall enough. Otherwise the rice will firmly hold the millet in place. Fill vase 3/4 full.

Take your ribbon and tie a bow around the base of the stems. And your done!

Harvest Pumpkins

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My sisters, mom and I spent one day making these fabric pumpkins. My sister found the idea here. I will link you to her tutorial so that I don’t have to type it out. They were so easy. We were able to find some fun fabrics and went in on the price together. You don’t need much material for each pumpkin. If I remember right we did a tall 14 inch, small 12 inch and then did a wider medium sized pumpkin.

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After my sisters left, I ended up making several more late into the night. I gave some away as gifts and made some more for other rooms in my home. The textures and color variations did not come out well in the picture, but having a variety sure made them standout next to one another. For the ribbon I just sewed strips of material, but you can also use ribbon.

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