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Fall decor is everywhere you turn this time of year. Some tried-and-true decor, while traditional and seasonal, can slip past the eye unnoticed in the been-there-done-that way. Not in your home though! Instead, you’ll break from the usual gourds, pumpkins, acorns, and pinecones and DIY your way to some unexpected and chic fall garlands. Around your front door, over your mantel, or even up your banister, these decorative fall garlands will catch eyes and inspire style for you and your guests.

 1. Copper and Burlap

This unexpected combo comes from the mind of Melissa, a blogger friend of One Krieger Chick, Ariean. When she pulled apart the pieces of an outdated artificial wreath, she realized she could use more than just the wreath’s frame. Setting aside all but the faux leaves for this project, Melissa also brought out leaf-shaped burlap and copper paint for this simple and stylish copper and burlap garland. Secured to twine with mini clothespins, these leaves are the perfect combination of fall and chic.

Image Via: One Krieger Chick

2. DIY Book Page Garland

Rather than spend $40 on the book-page garland she found at the market, Duchess of York blogger Brittany decided she could make her own on the cheap. And by cheap, we mean free. She already had all the supplies at home, and chances are good you do, too! If you don’t have old books to disassemble, just pop down to a flea market or used books store and pick a couple up for a dollar or two. Once you’ve done that, check out the steps for Brittany’s DIY book page garland.

Image Via: Duchess of York

3. Crepe Paper Leaf Garland

Another Brittany in the blogosphere has her own take on fall garlands. She created this ombre fall garland out of crepe paper over at her blog The House that Lars Built. Be inspired by her beautiful photos, follow the step-by-step tutorial, or watch the how-to video. The options are endless!

Image Via: The House that Lars Built

4. Tribal Leaf Garland

You need only four supplies for this cute and crafty garland. String, leaves, glue, and a paint marker. Heather and her husband made this variegated leaf garland after an inspiring family road trip. The Twin Dragonfly Design blogger gathered up some leaves from their trip and painted them with funky tribal designs. Evenly spaced and glued to the twine, this is a decoration that will grab guests’ attention.

Image Via: Twin Dragonfly Designs

5. Glittery Paper Feather Garland

These glitter-dipped feathers are made from paper. Hard to believe, I know, but this garland is so simple to make. Lia Griffith used this paper and glitter feather garland on her Christmas tree, but it is lovely enough, not only for the holiday season, but for fall as well! She provides a simple step-by-step guide and downloadable feather templates.

Image Via: Lia Griffith

6.DIY Eucalyptus Garland

Amy thinks the best way to bring the fall feeling into your home is to incorporate greens and flowers into your decor. The surprising, beautiful hint of green she incorporated is a branch of Eucalyptus, turned garland. After cutting the branch into tinier sections, Amy attaches each small branch section to the string with bits of wire, overlapping each branch for a continuous look. Check out her detailed process at her blog Homey Oh My!

Image Via: Homey Oh My!

7. Washi Tape Leaf Garland

Crafting this Washi Tape garland was a walk in the park for crafter and blogger Angie. The farmhouse-flair wife and mother chronicles how to decorate, cut, seal, hole-punch, and hang this stylish garland over at Crafts Unleashed. She used tape to imbue a rustic theme, but feel free to make the design match any decorative themes in your home.

Image Via: Crafts Unleashed

Fall decor can be trendy and chic, and these bloggers show us how to do it. Give one (or more!) of these projects a shot this weekend, and let me know how they turn out. What will you decorate? Your mantel, the front door? I’ve got a spiral staircase just asking to be decorated.

Until next time,

~Bri

 


A furniture makeover doesn’t need to be costly. In fact, you may already own all you need to give your dresser, nightstand, vanity, or cupboard drawers a stylish revamp. Take a look at some of our favorite DIY drawer pulls, and see how these bloggers thrifted, upcycled, painted, molded, and tied their way to fresh-looking furniture.

1. DIY Copper Pipe Drawer Pulls

Upcycled furniture is the way to go this year. Katie, creator of Mountain Modern Life, is totally on board with this trend. She completely revamped this dresser with a good sanding, a healthy coat of paint, new and shiny legs, and let’s not forget the classy DIY copper pipe drawer pulls. Follow the furniture flip here!

Image Via: Mountain Modern Life

2. DIY Crystal Drawer Knobs

Not satisfied with the drawer knob alternatives found in stores, Julie opted to make her own. To refresh her space, she found a number of large crystals of similar shape and size — though she does mention the option to mix-and-match. By simply epoxying the crystals to bolts, she completely revamped the look of her dresser. Julie says if you’re ever bored of your new drawer pulls, simply remove them and repeat the process with another small treasure!

DIY Drawer Pulls

Image Via: Free People Blog

3. Jewelry Box Makeover

Ever wondered what to do with all of Grandma’s old brooches? Easily turn your jewelry box into a statement piece with blinged-out drawer-pulls; Simply remove the backs of the pins with pliers and get to work with your glue gun. No hand-me-downs from Grandma yet? Creative Carmella picked these beauties up at a local thrift shop.

Image Via: Creative Carmella

4. Gold Clay Knobs

For her master bedroom update, Amy wanted to spend as little money as possible. A great place for her to cut corners was with the update of her dressers’ and nightstands’ drawer pulls. Because she already owned the knobs and spray paint, the Delineate Your Dwelling blogger spent only $4.50 on a tub of air-dry clay (she approximated she only used $0.15 of clay per knob). Check out the tutorial for how to make inexpensive clay knobs.

Simple Inexpensive Clay Knobs, Delineateyourdwelling.com

Image Via: Delineate Your Dwelling

5. Rope and Hex Nut Drawer Pulls

For son Dawson’s bedroom, MarKay knew she wanted most everything to be DIY; down to the drawer pulls! For these rope-and-hex nut drawer handles, MarKay used rope, hex nuts, duct tape, and superglue. On her blog, Aqua Lane Design, she’ll show you how she styled, glued, and knotted the ropes to become the perfect drawer pull for Dawson’s room.

Image Via: Aqua Lane Design

6. DIY Acrylic Drawer Pulls

In another case of why-buy-it-when-you-can-just-make-it, handy-girl Sandra made these beautiful acrylic drawer pulls. She spent just fraction of what her local hardware store was asking for similar handles ($3.40/handle vs. $330) and saved over $8,000 on her drawer-pull replacements! Follow Sandra and her thrifty ways over at her blog Sawdust Girl.

DIY acrylic drawer pull - sawdustgirl.com

Image Via: Sawdust Girl

7. DIY Knobs from Faucet Handles

Amanda also nearly fell victim to overpriced drawer pulls, until she came across these old faucet handles. For her bathroom vanity remodel, all she needed to do way spray-paint the handles and add the hardware. The quick-and-easy project (and her Anthropologie self-restraint) saved Amanda some big bucks and gave her bathroom the perfect look.

repurposed faucet handle knobs

Image Via: Wit and Whistle

Your next bedroom, bathroom, or even kitchen update may not be the costly hassle you thought. Take a leaf out of these bloggers’ books and try the simple touch of updating your drawer pulls. Which ones are your favorites? Have you tried something like this before? Let me know how it went!

Until then,

~Bri

 

 

 


It’s that time of year again; School. The time for you, the kids, your spouse, maybe even the puppy to get to classes and activities on time — and keeping everyone’s schedule in order isn’t the simplest task. We’re here for you. We’ve compiled an awesome group of entry family command centers that will help you stay organized. Materially and mentally.

1. Family Command Center

This mom-turned-nursing student bargained her way to this lovely DIY command center. Discount and dollar store items helped the SweetAprils creator build a place for her and her husband to see where everyone was going to be each day. Not only that, she made it match by painting the frame, filing unit, and backpack hanger the same color as the inspirational board.

Image Via: SweetAprils

2. All the Essentials

Mom of two, Abby Lawson knew she’d need a new project to keep organized when her first child was starting kindergarten. She put together this cute and efficient command center right by her front door so she would remember all the little things. She curated a great list over at her blog, listing the essentials you’ll need for any command center. Anything you’ll need is just at an arm’s reach.

Command Center Sources | JustAGirlAndHerBlog.com

Image Via: Just a Girl and Her Blog

3. Updated Family Command Center

Have a couple cork boards and a calendar near the front door? Does it look crazy cluttered? So did Shannon’s. She updated her outdated unorganized entry, and you can too! Check out the changes she made at her blog AKA Design. It will make life much easier on your way out the door.

family command center

Image Via: AKA Design

 4. Mission Control

Megan’s take on a family command center, is bright, bubbly, and oh is it organized! Right by the family entrance to the house, she created a series of DIY projects to make this drop zone for mail, keys, wallets, and more. The fun color scheme and pattern paper bring the look together as the center crosses two walls. Bonus: the happiness reminders are sure to put you in a good mood as you head out!

Image Via: The Homes I Have Made

5. Small Space Command Center

Lindsay needed more room than her kitchen counter provided. Bags, keys, and leashes don’t belong on the counter, anyway. But with no room in the entry for a table, she was limited in her drop zone space, until it occurred to her to use the wall space as a tiny command center. She purchased a series of metal items with clean lines that were easily hung on the entry wall, filled them with the counter clutter, and the rest is history!

Image Via: Crazy Organized

 6. Mudroom Command Center

This kid-capable command center is just what Megan was looking for! All the family members have a cubby for shoes — even the dog has his own spot for toys, leashes, and bones. There’s a spot for unsorted mail, files for the sorted variety, and of course a large chalkboard for calendars and activities. Megan also loves the adult- and kid-height coat hangers — check out her blog, Our Scribbled Walls, to see them!

Image Via: Our Scribbled Walls

The family command center is about staying organized and on schedule. When everything has its own place, it is so easy to get ready as you’re rushing out the door! What tricks do you use in your entry? Will you implement any of these in your home? Let me know what you think!

Until then,

~Bri

 


Looking for your next weekend project? You won’t believe how easy these terra-cotta pot upgrades are.  The only challenging part will be keeping the plants alive! Paint, build, dip, or hang your pots to become the coolest planter on the block before Monday.

1. Chandelier Planter Tutorial

Yes, these really are terra-cotta pots — complete with saucers as a matter of fact! Roeshel created this lovely planter with a thrifted chandelier, pots, outdoor spray paint, and a few miscellaneous craft items. If your chandelier has electrical wiring, you will need some wire cutters to remove  it. But it’s OK. Her tutorial shows you how to do that too!

Image Via: DIY Show Off

2. Copper Leaf Planters

Like Heather, you may feel like your moon cacti needs something a little more special than a plain terra-cotta pot. Check out how she painted and copper-leafed her pots to make a beautiful statement. She’ll even show you how to redo your leafing when you use the wrong kind of tape.

Image Via: Woods of Bell Trees

3. Dip Dye Succulent Pots

Succulents need a home that has a bit of edge. At least that’s what Jenni from I Spy DIY thinks. She used water and dye to create this dip-dye effect. This project is so quick, you’ll spend more time setting up and tearing down!

Image Via: I Spy DIY

4. Gold Foil Lettering and Glitter

Add a touch of class to your containers by adhering golden accents. Kellie created these planters (and a cute garden gnome) by doing just that over at her blog, Nest of Posies. She used dollar-store pots, paint, decoupage medium and glitter or gold foil printable paper to create these classy — and comical — containers for her plants.

Image Via: Nest of Posies

5. DIY Color Block Terra-Cotta Pot

Who knew a wooden spoon project could inspire such a lovely group of planters? Amanda saw a shellac technique used on some cooking utensils and thought the process could be replicated via terra-cotta. How right she was! Follow how she did it at her blog, Wit and Whistle.

Image Via: Wit and Whistle

6. Ombre Terra-Cotta Pots

The hardest part of creating these pretty DIY ombre pots will be waiting for the paint to dry. Sarah Jane took two terra-cotta pots and four colors of spray paint to make this fun project. Simply spray, flip, and repeat, alternating colors. See the whole process here!

Image Via: Sarah Jane’s Craft Blog

7. Dripped Watercolor Terra-Cotta Pot

This pretty painting technique is so simple to do! At her blog, Grow Creative, Elise will walk you through all the steps to help you achieve the drippy, watercolor look you’re hoping for. Plant flowers with a bold color for big impact.

Image Via: Grow Creative

8. DIY Painted Terra-Cotta Pots

Simple and lovely, Chelsea — creator of Lovely Indeed — will show you the perfect way to paint and hang these metallic, color-blocked beauties. She adds a separate tutorial for potting plants and another for the macrame hanger. Mount to the ceiling and hang; lovely, indeed!

Image Via: Lovely Indeed

9. DIY: Marbled Terra-Cotta Pots

Marble nail treatments were all-the-rage a few years ago, but now it marbled plates, bowls, mugs, and yes, even planters. Alana Jones-Mann warns that this project, while beautiful, is VERY messy. Plan to have a dropcloth and maybe even disposable gloves. Use any combination of colors, and be sure to finish with a varnish!

Image Via: Alana Jones-Mann

When painting and dyeing terra-cotta, it’s good to remember it’s an absorbent material. You may need more supplies than you anticipated or may need to start with a neutral base coat before getting into any fun colors you intend to use. With that in mind, it’ll be beyond easy to complete these quick projects this weekend. Now just pick one!

Until next time,

~Bri


Rediscover the good old days of playing pirates, super spies, and damsels in distress. The imagination, motor-skills, and teamwork that’s developed when playing make-believe in a treehouse is really what childhood is all about. So go ahead. Reminisce with your long departed imaginary friends, and show your kids what having a tree-fort is all about — or maybe just build one for yourself.

1) Building How-To

Makendo, a contributor to Instructables, built (and rebuilt) this classic take on a treehouse for his children. His very detailed how-to guide will tell you everything you need to know about constructing a treehouse and what to do to maintain the structure once the trees have grown too much.

Image Via: Instructables

 2) Family Farm Treehouse

Ruth and husband Paul built an awesome treehouse for their five children. Making it up as she went along, Ruth’s take on tree fort structure is all about paying attention to and using the surrounding area. Her tutorial on her blog, Family Farm Experience, will show you all the details, down to decorating, how to hang a swing, and building a sandbox.

Image Via: Family Farm Experience

3) Simple and Sturdy

If you’re feeling over your head on the building side, you may want to try this simplistic version of a tree house. Kristen Duke shared her family’s backyard treehouse and how she and her husband constructed it. Rather than relying on the support of trees for construction, the Duke’s opted to build around a tree, using rocks and concrete to hold down the structure.

Image Via: Kristen Duke Photography

4) Tree Stump-House

Did you lose a tree to disease or storm and now have an ugly stump taking up a corner of your yard? Do what Alli did, and build a treehouse right on top! Hope over to her blog Made with Happy to see her design and the separate tutorials for the frame, floor, roof, and walls.

Image Via: Made with Happy

 5) Treehouse Fun (Or Exercise?)

The Wellness Mama, Katie, knows the importance of her children’s physical development. She invented an amazing treehouse for them to use for fun without realizing they were exercising. Added bonus? The structure is strong enough for adults to play too! Be sure to check out the video of the whole treehouse at the end of her blog.

How to Build a Treehouse for exercise and fun

Image Via: Wellness Mama

 6) Playhouses are Cool, Too!

Tiny trees or no trees at all in your yard? No problem. Your kids can get the same imaginative wonder out of a grounded fort. Vintage Revivals creator Mandi built this adorable outdoor hideaway with her husband, Courtney. Jump over to her blog and see how they designed, built, and decorated the backyard staple.

Image Via: Vintage Revivals

7) This One’s for You

Maybe you remember the simple pleasures of building forts and climbing trees; maybe you never had a clubhouse at all. It doesn’t mean you can’t have one now that you’re grown. Just ask these friends who built a lifesize tree house on an old campground — complete with electricity and two lofted bedrooms — in honor of a late parent. Childhood dreams coming true in adulthood!

Image Via: The Lettered Cottage

There is so much to think about when deciding whether or not to build a treehouse. Where would it go? How big can it be? Is my tree strong enough? All good questions — all good things to decide. One question you’ll never need to ask, though, is, “Will my kid like it?” Well, answer yourself this. Wouldn’t You?

Until next time,

~Bri


Pool noodles. Really, I swear. Who ever thought such lovely projects could be made from $1 floaties? Not this girl. See for yourself how to create these lovely decor pieces that doesn’t look cheap at all (but totally are).

1. Pool Noodle Nautical Pilings

Create some really lovely mantel decor with swim noodles, paper, rope, and glue. Miss Kopy Kat shows two versions. One with natural looking wood and one painted lighter to match her brick wall. Added bonus, it looks more like driftwood that way too.

Image Via: Miss Kopy Kat

2. Starfish Pool Noodle Wreath

Meatloaf and Melodrama creator Dee had this beautiful idea to create this simple starfish wreath from pool noodle. Start by choosing a beachy color ribbon — if you’re using a pattern one, consider opting for one that’s easy to line up. Once the noodle is cut, formed, and taped, wrap and glue the ribbon and decorate as desired.

Image Via: Meatloaf and Melodrama

3. DIY Coffee Filter Letters

Construct each letter here — or any word — with coffee filters, cardboard, glue, and swim noodles. Sarah, one of the minds behind Boxwood Clippings, says you’ll need about half a noodle per letter. Follow the how-to guide here, then hang your project, and enjoy the feeling of your fat pocketbook after spending just $12.

Coffee Filter Letters Tutorial on { lilluna.com } Such a fun way to display your favorite word!

Image Via: Boxwood Clippings

4. Pool Noodle Footstool

On their list of pool noodle projects, mother-daughter team Steph and Vicki have this awesome pool noodle footstool. Can’t find an ottoman to go along with your furniture set? Choose any fabric you want, and wrap it around batting covered swim noodles! Build out from the center or construct in rows, this footstool has 19 noodles, but feel free to use more for greater area coverage.

Image Via: Mother Daughter Projects

5. DIY Rope Lamp

Kelly has a neat trick to update her son’s bedroom. Head over to her blog, The Lily Pad Cottage to see how she uses a pool noodle and rope to nauticalize his bedroom lamp. A tip? Buy more rope than you think you need! Because you will need it.

Image Via: The Lily Pad Cottage

6. Stone (Pool Noodle) Decorative Column

How would you fill the space in an awkward corner of your bedroom? A carved stone column ought to do it! Oh, except I’m on a budget. Rather than carving out stone for hundreds of dollars, try creating this ditty for just over $20. That’s a bit more reasonable, and you can see how Jen did it over at her blog Epbot.

Image Via: Epbot

7. Bolster Pillow with Contrast Button Ends

Head over to Designs by Donna Atlanta to learn how to create this adorable bolster pillow with assistance from a pool noodle. The purpose (other than shape) is to help create the dimple at the end of the gathered fabric. Her how-to guide is full of info and helpful tips.

Class up your living spaces with one of these pool noodle projects! That’s a handful of words I never thought I’d say together, but these bloggers have proven it’s true. Have you found other pool noodle decor that has surprised you? Let me know what the project is or how these ones turn out for you.

Until then!

~Bri


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