Hello my fellow DIY friends, Andrea here with you this week. This fall project is sooooo easy, you’re gonna say: ”This can’t be all there is to it.” Well, it really is that simple. In fact, you can start on it five minutes before Thanksgiving guests arrive and still have it done in time to cook the Turkey. I wouldn’t recommend waiting until then to do it. But you could if you wanted to.
Last month I tackled a weathered wood-look headboard using Inteplast Accent Planks that I purchased from Lowe’s. I had some planks left over so I decided to do a quick fall décor project. I have a couple more planks left over, so stay tuned for an easy-peasy Christmas-themed project idea coming up next month. So, without further ado…ta-dah, here it is!
Now, I have a Cricut (pronounced cricket, yep, like the insect) die cut machine so I created all of the die cuts. But you can just as easily do this with some wall decals that you can find online in shops like Etsy. Here is a link to decals for the word Thankful , and here is a link to fall leaves decals. Just make sure the size of the decals fit your accent plank, or planks if you use more than one.
For this project, I used an accent plank in Sierra Brown, but there are several other color options to choose from: Reclaimed White, River Grey, and Whitewashed Pine. And for those who can’t quite make up your mind, they have a multi-color kit that includes 4 Sierra Brown, 3 River Grey and 3 Reclaimed White.
One of the best things about these Accent Planks from Lowe’s is that you hang them using Command™ Strips from 3M. That means there is no damage to the wall or the plank when you take it down at the end of the season. Also, if you don’t like where you put it, you can take it down and rehang it somewhere else.
So, here’s all the materials you need:
Then, lay the decals out on the board and determine where you want to place them.
Then, you peel off the backing and apply the decals to the board. Once your lettering and leaves are in place, apply the CommandTM Strips from 3M and hang the sign on the wall.
I promise you, there are no hidden steps that you’ve missed. I told you it was easy. I wish you all the fun and joy of trying this project for yourself. It’s definitely one of those that you can let the kids do as well. See how creative you can get for the holidays. Thanks for reading!
It’s almost Halloween. Do you love the spooky decorations and celebration of fall as much as I do? I am planning on decking out my front porch for Monday night’s trick or treaters this weekend. I have a good mix of homemade and store-bought decorations for the porch and around the door. I like to have a spooky theme that isn’t too scary for the little trick or treaters.
One of the decorations is a frame I made last year out of prefinished moulding from Inteplast. It’s a cute part of the front door decorations. You can find the post about how I made it right here.
What do you do for Halloween? Do you go all out and decorate your whole house, the front porch or stick with simplicity and just have a few carved pumpkins? I would love to see pictures of your fall and Halloween decorations, share them with me over on our Facebook page!
It’s fall ya’ll! That’s how we welcome the season down here in the southeast. One of my favorite things to do this time of year after work is to plop myself down in a rocker on our wrap around porch with a glass of wine and listen to the birds sing, watch the squirrels chase each other around the trees, and smell the delicious aroma from the dinner my husband is cooking. Ok, that last part is a dream, but the rest of it is real. This ‘me time’ gives me a chance to look around and think about how I can decorate my porch for the fall.
My porch boards are Inteplast Building Products variegated porch in Burnished Maple, which has naturally-colored streaking and a subtle wood grain, and easily works with any décor or style. Inteplast’s porch products also offer unmatched weather resistance and long-term performance. Just because your porch is an outdoor space doesn’t mean it can’t offer the same style you have on the inside of your house. Here are some my favorite ways to add some autumn spice to your porch.
Pumpkins and Gourds, oh my! Of course pumpkins and gourds aren’t just for Halloween, and they all don’t have to be orange either. Use a combination of pumpkin varieties in white, orange, tan, and even blue, in a variety of sizes, and place them in arrangements around your porch or down the porch steps for fall curb appeal. You can even get really creative with how you decorate your pumpkin, check out this post from livingly for ideas on what to do with yours.
Mums the word. You see them in a ton of colors at your local nursery or big box store, those beautiful mounded chrysanthemum flowers just beckoning for you to scoop some up and take them home. Mums are synonymous with fall and can be the star of your autumn porch. To double up on the fall décor plant yours in a hollowed out pumpkin like this one from CircaDee.
Add some swag. Make your porch swing or rocking chairs cozy, comfy hangout spots throughout the season. I like to add fun, fresh seat cushions on my rocking chairs and cover the porch swing with posh pillows and throws ready to toss over your shoulders if there’s a chill in the air.
For more ideas on how to update your front porch (or any part of your home) for fall check out our Pinterest page for Fall and Halloween Décor.
Just because the temps are getting a little cooler doesn’t mean you have to abandon your outdoor living until spring. Add some fall color and décor to create an inviting space you’ll want to enjoy well into the season. Of course, the perfect foundation for front porch curb appeal is a great porch to begin with. Visit Inteplast’s online Porch Gallery for inspirational porch ideas. To find Inteplast’s porch products near you, visit their retail locator.
I’m Andrea, thanks for reading!
I love, love, love Halloween. I love seeing the crazy costumes the kids get dressed up in. I love hearing the doorbell ring every five minutes with pumpkins or bags held out for candy. And I especially love decorating for Halloween. Unfortunately, this year, I ran out of time to string the black and orange lights and hang the cheesecloth ghosts from the tree branches, but I did manage to DIY one cool Halloween decoration for my front door. I was inspired by some ideas on Pinterest to make a Halloween picture frame wreath. I also pinned a few other Halloween ideas while I was searching for wreaths, you can find them here.
Since this wreath is going to hang outside during our unpredictable fall weather, I opted to use prefinished polystyrene decorative moulding because it’s moisture resistant so it won’t rot or mold. You can pick some up at Lowe’s or Home Depot. And you can get as fancy or creative as you want because they have a lot of different profiles and styles to choose from. I wanted mine to be fairly simple, so I went with an 8’ x 4-1/2” piece standard wall base moulding. Mine is a 2’ x 2’ wreath, but you can make yours any size you want. Here is how I made my Halloween picture frame door wreath:
Step 1: Using your miter box saw, measure a 45 degree angle at one end of your moulding. Because I wasn’t going to put a picture or glass in the frame, I didn’t have to worry about inside measurements. Go ahead and cut the other side. Make sure you cut your angle in the opposite direction.
Step 2: Next, cut your next 45 degree angle piece. Repeat this step until you have all 4 pieces.
Step 3: Smooth the edges of each piece by gently sanding. Lay the pieces together and make sure they are flush with each other.
Step 4: Glue the ends of each piece together with wood glue. I used small wood clamps to clamp together overnight as it dried.
Step 5: Once the glue is dry, attach L-shaped corner braces to reinforce your joints.
Step 6: Paint the frame. I used Interior/Exteriors Valspar Black Satin spray paint.
Step 7: Here is the fun part! Decorate with ghoulish appliques, bows, spider webs, whatever you want!
Voila! You’re ready to hang your Halloween picture frame wreath! Please share your Halloween decorating ideas. It’s always inspiring to see new ways to spook up your home!