fall porch decorating

Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: Yarn Jack ‘o Lantern Face

Trend: the no-carve pumpkin. Skip the mess and make a Yarn Jack o’ Lantern Face! I found this idea in the Better Homes and Gardens archives and I needed to give it a try and show all of you how to make this for yourself (little Jack ‘o Lantern face templates included).

Supplies:

- 1 pumpkin (real or foam, your choice)

- pack of 100 gold pin heads

- black acrylic yarn

- painter’s tape

- Jack ‘o Lantern Face Templates (One, Two, Three, Four)

Directions:

- Print out your Jack ‘o Lantern Face Templates.  Pick out the face size you’d like and cut it out.

- Use little folded painter’s tape squares to arrange and set up the mouth, nose, and eyes.

- Grab your pins and push them into the pumpkin near all the points + corners of the Jack ‘o Lantern face. Don’t push them ALL the way down to the pumpkin skin, keep the pin heads up about 1/4 inch. Next, place pins along some of the main “pumpkin lines” to create the stripey portion of this pumpkin.

- Pick a pin to start with, and tie a double knot onto it. Push the pin all the way into the pumpkin to secure the yarn. Follow the shape of the face, eyes, and mouth and add the stripey lines (wrapping the yarn twice around each pin as you go, then pushing them into the pumpkin to secure). Tie knots along other pins if you need to stop the yarn and start on a new point.

You’re done! Since yarn doesn’t do too well outside, I recommend keeping this Jack ‘o Lantern out of the rain. I used a real pumpkin, but if you use a foam pumpkin you will have this guy to decorate your home next year!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


Kate

Front Door Colors for Fall

September is almost here and with it comes the fall season! Are you pleased with the look of your front entry? If you’re craving more curb appeal, there is a weekend project that yields dramatic results and that is adding color to your front door. Painting your front door takes the entry to the next level by increasing its curb appeal and a new color is a beautiful backdrop to a fall wreath or autumn porch display.

A red front door is a symbol of good luck and blends well with the colors of the season. Embellish with a festive wreath and layer the entry with mums, hay bales, buckets filled with gourds, and dried cornstalks.

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Jade green paint creates rich contrast when paired with vivid yellow. Whether your botanicals are September sunflowers or spring daffodils, this bold choice will make your home stand out in the neighborhood.

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Slate blue mimics the evening sky and is appealing year round. On the color wheel, orange is the direct complement to blue, so turn to autumn leaves, fall branches, berry wreaths, and pumpkins to decorate your fall porch when your door has been painted this hue.

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Green is a verdant color that echoes what we see when we step into the great outdoors. Choose a fun lime green, bright emerald, or more subdued olive to bring drama and color to your doorstep that’s decorated with your collection gathered from the pumpkin patch.

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Yellow is a happy “look at me” color that welcomes you and your guests every time you cross the threshold. Increase the intensity by pairing buckets of vivid yellow mums for a cheerful fall entry.

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You can never go wrong with a black door. Of course it correlates with the colors of Halloween, but it also reflects a classic aesthetic that lasts year round.

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For tips on how to paint your front door look no further than this tutorial on how to paint a front door to get it done this weekend! What color have you considered for your front door?

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