DIY Modern Fall Wreath

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As much as we tried to keep summer around as long as we could, it came and went. There’s no denying it’s fall. With some recent snowfall, it feels a lot like winter. When the air gets cold, and the leaves change color, we throw on the scarves, bust out the pumpkins and drink a lot more tea.

After a recent trip to Michael’s, Jessica was inspired to make a DIY fall wreath for her front door. It’s outside the traditional “orange fall” box for her. Though we love orange, there is no orange color on this wreath. It’s modern, and pretty. Here’s how she did it in less than 30 minutes (once the paint on the ring dried).

Materials:

  • Wire ring, 18″
  • Copper spray paint
  • Faux greenery, including lamb’s ear, eucalyptus, a fall-tone peony and burgundy leaves
  • Mini pumpkins, Pier 1
  • Copper floral wire
  • Hot glue gun and hot glue

Directions:

Step 1: Spray paint the ring copper.

Step 2: Cut stems from the faux greenery, and once the ring is dry begin to lay out the greenery along the ring. I wanted everything slightly off-center on the lower right corner.

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Step 3: Hold stems on the ring and wrap with a 3-4 inch long piece of copper wire. Wrap it until it’s tight on the ring wreath. As you add stems, try to cover the copper wire.

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Step 4: Leave a small space in the center for the flower and pumpkin. Use hot glue to glue the flower.

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Step 5: Drill two small holes on the bottom of the pumpkin at an angle where you can insert the copper wire through one hole, and push it out through the other hole. Once the wire is in, set on the copper wreath and wrap the wire around the wreath.

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Step 6: If you need to hide the copper wire, glue leaves and stems here and there. Then, just hang.

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DIY Pumpkin Succulent Planter

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Our love for succulents has never faded. We love them, year-round! So, recently when we took a trip to find pumpkins at a garden center and saw pumpkin planters with succulents, we were head-over-heels in love. We made our own versions of the pumpkin planter {we bought the one with the skeleton}. This no-carve Halloween arrangement can be made for friends and family this Halloween and Thanksgiving season, and when pumpkin season is over, transfer the arrangement to a more festive winter holiday base.

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Materials:

  • Mini pumpkins, faux or real
  • Succulents, mini
  • Hot glue
  • Skulls and other fairy-size decorations
  • Moss, Spanish Moss
  • Glitter hairspray

Directions:

Step 1: Gather supplies.

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Step 2: Glue a handful Spanish Moss to the top of the pumpkin.

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Step 3: Insert the small succulents into the moss. Use a little hot glue if you have to keep them in place.

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Step 4: Add any other types of moss and mini stems to the top of the pumpkin. Finally, glue a skull or fairy-garden accessory on top.

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Step 5: Spray hair glitter on the arrangement. This can be wiped off later, but the sparkle is so cute!

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You’re done. To keep the succulents alive, spray them with water.

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DIY No-Carve Pumpkin with Customized Jean Pocket

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We can hardly believe the watermelons and pool bags are being replaced with pumpkins and scarves. But, the fall season is upon us, so we dove right in with a good ‘ole DIY country pumpkin. Maybe it’s our Colorado roots, but there is something nostalgic about farms this time of year for us. The beautiful changing leaves, campfires, pumpkin patches with the kids, corn fields, bales of hay, rustic farm houses and apple picking.

As we were going through our kids closets, we found old jeans with holes in the front. So, why not upcycle an old pair of jeans for a DIY pumpkin with a customized jean pocket? And, wait, the best part was that it didn’t entail any cutting or gut removal of the pumpkin. We’ll do that closer to Halloween, but for now this no-carve pumpkin was stress and mess free, which made us happy.

We tried our new Silhouette CAMEO 3 for this project, and we are so in love with the capabilities of it. This is just a blimp on its cutting radar. But, it’s a cute blimp, and a great way to welcome fall, that’s for sure!

This customized jean pocket pumpkin is so easy, you can do it within 30 minutes. If you really get into it, add a belt through the belt loops.

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Materials:

  • White pumpkin, faux {use a fake pumpkin for this, so you can re-use it year after year}
  • Silhouette Heat Transfer, yellow
  • Old pair of jeans
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Bandana
  • Silhouette CAMEO 3 electronic cutting machine

Directions:

Step 1: Cut the pockets and belt loops from an old pair of jeans, or the kids jeans.

Step 2: Design a fall phrase on your Silhouette software. We bought the adorable Happy Fall Y’all for a whopping .99 cents. Cut the design according to Heat Transfer instructions on the packaging. Remove the yellow ‘empty space’ from one side of the heat transfer material.

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Step 3Press the design onto the jean pocket.

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Step 4: Place a cloth over the pocket with the design, and use an iron to set it. We counted to 30, and then peeled up just a corner of the design to make sure it was set onto the pocket before removing the plastic entirely. Once the design is set, remove the plastic.

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Step 5: Use a hot glue gun to glue the pocket onto the pumpkin. Glue the belt loops, too.

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Step 6: Insert a bandana, wheat, cotton or whatever ‘accessory’ you want into the pocket.

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Step 7: Use the Silhouette CAMEO 3 to cut colorful leaves you can stick to the wall. Dust off your cowboy boots, and a hat, and you have a lovely country fall scene.

Happy Fall Y’all!

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Thanks to Silhouette America for making this post possible. We loved Silhouette America since the inception of our blog, and would love them even if we didn’t receive product from them. All opinions expressed are our own. Thanks for supporting the companies that support j. sorelle. 

DIY Marshmallow Roasting Stick for S’mores by the Fire

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We made DIY marshmallow roasting sticks with the kiddos, and then decided to pick up a paintbrush ourselves to make some of our own DIY s’more sticks. Can’t go wrong with a classic black and white s’more stick, right?

You’ll Need:

  • Metal Skewers
  • Wood dowel rods, at least ¾” thick
  • Drill
  • Hot glue
  • Paint
  • Styrofoam

Directions:

  • Step 1: Cut the dowel in half, or in thirds, depending on the length of the stick you want. You may also have to cut the end of the metal skewers with Tin Snips if you can only find the skewers with the loops at the end.

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  • Step 2: Drill a hole on one end, in the center of the dowel. Make sure the hole is large enough to fit your metal skewer.

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  • Step 3: Press the hot glue gun into the hole and fill the hole with the hot glue until it fills to the top, then quickly press the skewer into the hole. Promptly wipe away any excess glue.

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  • Step 4: Insert the skewer face down into a piece of Styrofoam, and start to paint!

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  • Step 5: Enjoy and indulge!

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DIY Clay Marbled Leaf-Shaped Ring Bowls

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The OCD in us cringes when our kids combine different colors of play dough into one large ball. It’s an internal battle. So, instead of fighting the battle to keep the yellow with the yellow, the green with the green and the orange with the orange, we are going to combine fall-toned oven bake clay together, for a fall marbled effect project. So, they can mix and combine the clay to their hearts and hands content. They loved it…and these mama’s were happy, too.

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DIY Clay Marbled Leaf Ring Bowls

Materials:

  • Oven Bake Clay, white, red, yellow and green {for this project we stuck with fall colors}
  • Leaf cut outs
  • X-acto knife
  • Rolling pin
  • Mini, oven-safe bowls

Directions:

Break the oven bake clay into small  pieces. They need to be about the size of a cherry tomato, or a bit larger. Then, roll each color out into long ‘worms’

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Starting with two, twist the colors together. Then, one by one, add another ‘worm’ to the twist until all colors are twisted together. Pull the colorful twist tighter, elongating it gently as you twist and pull.

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Fold the long, twisted strand in half. Roll it into a ball, then as we so non-eloquently told our kids, squish, then squish from another angle, and squish the ball a couple more times to mix the colors. Be sure not to over mix or everything will start to appear brown.

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On wax paper, press the ball flat like a pancake, then with a rolling pin, roll it out into a nice circle.

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Place the leaf cut out on top, and with the X-acto knife, cut around the edges.

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Gently press the leaf into a small oven-safe bowl so it, too, can take the shape of a bowl in the oven. Make sure to use a shallow bowl, so the leaf retains the shape of a leaf.

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Bake according to package directions.

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Glaze {optional} the DIY marbled leaf-shaped bowls and set out for fall decor.

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