Front Porch Decor for Fall – BD Design Blog

Hi Classy Clutter readers! I’m Brandy from BD Design, a lifestlye blog filled with DIY projects, home decor ideas, thrift store makeovers, and anything else that inspired me! I’m so excited to be sharing a colorful tablescape for Fall that incorporates my FAVORITE materials:
leather, lace, wood, and gold chains.
I have to admit that my front porch usually gets the decorating shaft when fall rolls around. I don’t know why but it just does. So this year I made it a point to deck out my porch with beautiful fall colors and fun textures.
Right now I’m loving the trend of mixing different textiles and colors together. I am a fan of juxtaposition-essentially creating contrast with materials that don’t necessarily at first glance go together! This was my inspiration behind all of the materials used in this project. It’s where HARD meets SOFT.

- a stained wooden crate. I used Jacobean from Minwax

- a gold chain (I found a spool of it in the ribbon section at my craft store)

- faux leather stripes

- pretty lace and ribbon in fall colors

- mini chalkboard

After fastening the mini chalkboard to the gold chain, I nailed 2 nails on each side of the crate for the chain to attach to. Isn’t that SO cute? I’m in love with this crate and all of its possibilities! Think Christmas time using sparkly ornaments or pine cones!!

You can totally be creative on how you incorporate your materials. I hot glued the faux leather to the bales of hay and used double sided tape on the candlestick. I want to be able to use it again without the leather :)

I mixed the pretty ribbon and burlap pieces throughout the whole table.

For the table runner, I just used strips of burnt orange burlap! Easy…easy! I love the rich color the burlap brings. Using the fruit adds the perfect pops of color and texture to your table which makes it more interesting! Yes, my door is purple and I love it, especially for fall and Halloween! But come November 1st, it will be getting a little makeover :)

Thanks Mallory and Savannah for having me over on your blog today! I have been a long time reader so this was a blast!!

Thanks so much for sharing your cute front porch with us Brandy! Be sure to follow Brandy on her blog BD Design Blog, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+ and Twitter.


Chalkboard Menu Planner

Hello! It’s Carrie, visiting again from Lovely Etc. I have a project to share with you today that I have been needing to make for sooo long.

chalkboard paint menu planner


There is pretty much nothing I hate more than coming home from work and realizing that I don’t have any idea what we are going to have for dinner. By five o’clock on a week day, my brain is fried.

I can pretty much guarantee that any decision made at that point in time is going to be a bad decision. One that involves way too many calories and way too much money spent on an extra trip to the grocery store that I didn’t feel like making to begin with.

The really crazy part is that I actually do plan ahead before doing the grocery shopping for the week. I plan what we will have for dinner and make a shopping list and everything. But by the end of the week, I am wracking my poor exhausted brain trying to remember what I actually bought at the store and why and it isn’t pretty.

So it was more than time for a menu planner in the kitchen. I am in the middle of putting together a command center in our kitchen and this little menu planner is the first step.

I started with a hardboard clipboard. Mine has a little extra patina because it was a Goodwill find, but you can also get these anywhere that sells office supplies for just a couple of bucks.


hardboard clipboard


I painted the clipboard after carefully taping off the metal part with painter’s tape. I definitely wanted to use chalkboard paint, but instead of using regular black chalkboard paint, I went with a turquoise chalkboard paint that I am loving. (Did you guys know you can get chalkboard paint in pretty much any color? There are even recipes to make your own but I went with this kind which comes premixed.)


chalkboard clipboard


Once the paint was dry, I added a title – Let’s Eat! I drew the lettering on myself and then painted it in using a paint marker. You can also print out the words in your favorite font and then transfer them to the clipboard using a pencil. (You may want to check out these simple instructions for transferring something.)


painting a clipboard

For the days of the week, I glued some old metal scrapbooking letters I had onto the side of my clipboard. The letters I used aren’t available anymore, but there are tons of options in the scrapbooking section of your local crafts store. Or just paint on the days of the week using your paint marker.

chalkboard clipboard menu planner


Before you start using it, be sure to rub a piece of chalk all over the chalkboard paint and then wipe it off. You need to do this no matter what type of chalkboard paint you use to prepare the chalkboard for chalk.


Turquoise chalkboard menu planner


Lets Eat -menu planner


Then all that’s left is actually using it! This baby is going to be hanging on the wall in our kitchen very soon. I’m actually kind of excited about meal planning this week – and I’m pretty sure that’s the first time I have ever said that!


Wow, this is so smart and so cute Carrie! I despise meal planning too! What a great solution!

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Painted Paint Swatch Placemats

They say the first sign of an addiction is when you don’t even realize the severity of your condition. Folks… I think I’m there. My name is Charlotte (from Ciburbanity) and I’m an ombre-aholic. It’s gotten so bad that when I planned these paint swatch placemats, I didn’t even realize that they were teeecccchnically in the ombre category (duh). Well nevertheless, I love them. And I’m doing a little happy dance to share it with you lovely Classy Clutter readers!

Paint Swatch Placemats title

There are so many fun things you can do with ACTUAL paint swatches. Like here and here and here. But I love that this is a totally practical and easy way to decorate your table AND keep the dinner-time wreckage to a minimum. (Placemats for the win, amiright?)

placemat materials


  • canvas painter’s drop cloth
  • fabric glue
  • paint (pick the swatch you like, and get one sample pot per color)
  • thin tape (I used a waterproof floral tape)
  • Polycrylic to seal the paint and give the placemats some sheen for easier cleaning
  • iron

Decide what size you want your placemats and cut them at least 1/2″ larger to allow for the fold-over edges. Iron your edges and glue according to the directions. (I used fabric glue so squeezed a line of glue, let it sit for a few minutes, and folded down the edges.)

folded edge

glued edge

Divide your placemat into quadrants and tape off each section. (Or into fifths if you select a paint swatch with five colors!) Make sure to really rub in your tape edges here… you want those lines to be crispity crisp.

floral tape

pressing tape edges

I used cheap ol’ foam brushes for this, but anything will do… just be careful around those tiny little tape lines. Tip… I didn’t paint my colors in order because I didn’t want to be worried about painting over wet edges. Don’t be alarmed if your placemats get all wrinkled with the paint… they’ll flatten out with the Polycrylic!

paint foam brush

first stripes placemat

wrinkled placemats

Once these were dry, I went over the front and the back with 2+ coats of Polycrylic to help seal them.

placemats scattered

placemats table set

It’s that simple! From now on, I will be paint swatching everything… ombre is SO last month. And the month before that. But I’m totally over it.

paint swatch placemats

(Psst… I made those napkins a few weeks ago and they’re even EASIER than the placemats! Promise!)

These are soooo cool! You know how much we love paint and paint swatches!

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How to sew a pillow case

Alright, you guys. We’re going back to basics today. If you follow us on Instagram (and you should!!! @classyclutter) you may remember me busting out my sewing machine to work on some pillows for the boys’ superhero room makeover. Sewing pillow cases is super easy but when it comes to measuring and cutting, I’d rather have a tutorial with it all in front of me instead of trying to figure it all out as I go. Well, I did figure it out as I went this time but I thought some of you may want to have this tutorial handy in case you want your own custom pillow cases!

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I was going to buy sheet sets for my boys from Land of Nod that were super cute but at $70 each (and I need 2!) it just wasn’t gonna happen. I ended up buying $15 sheet sets from Target and adding this fun pillow because that’s really all that shows when we make the beds anyway.

How to sew a pillow case

First, cut out two rectangles 22 x 36″.

How to sew a pillow case

With right sides together, stitch around the two long sides and one short side.

Stitch around the edges

On the opening, iron and fold about 1/2″ hem.

How to sew a pillow case

Fold down 3-4″ and press with an iron. Stitch it along the folded edge.

How to sew a pillow case

How to sew a pillow case

That’s it! Seriously SO easy!!!

How to sew a pillow case

Superhero Room 4

I love the bright pillow cases on their beds! Check out the boys’ Modern Superhero Bedroom here.

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Free Fall Pear Printable

Free Fall Printable by Paperelli - Vertical

Hey everyone! It’s Courtney from Paperelli. I know, I know… Summer isn’t officially over yet, but I am already counting down the days till Fall begins. Cooler weather, leaves changing color, apple picking and warm tasty soups! This month I am sharing a Free Fall Printable to help you decorate for this beautiful time of year!

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Pears are one of my favorite things to decorate with in the Fall. The colors are always beautiful, eye-catching and classy.

Free Fall Printable for Classy Clutter

Print, frame, and place next to your favorite fall decorations.

What is your favorite part of the Fall season?

Thanks for sharing Courtney! Be sure to follow Courtney’s Etsy shop, Paperelli and follow her on Instagram, and Pinterest!

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Polka Dot Candy Jar

Polka Dot Candy Jar

Hi Friends!  It’s Katie from Made to be a Momma stopping in again!  This month I have a super fun and quick craft for you and the best part about it–it holds candy! :)  I have a slight obsession with little jars and I am always thinking of creative ways to use them!   I have had this jar for a few months now and thought it would be perfect to hold some candy in my craft room–crafting gets stressful ya know?! :)   I thought it would be fun to add some paint to the jar but wanted to be able to still see what was actually in it so I went with with fun polka dots!



Vinyl circles or circle stickers


Start of by cleaning your jar with rubbing alcohol so your vinyl circle will stick nicely.  I used a big circle punch to punch circles out of my silhouette cameo vinyl but I’m sure you could find circle vinyl pieces in your local craft stores!   Place your vinyl stickers on the jar.

Vinyl stickers

 Paint your jar.  I used a sponge brush and sponged the paint on giving it a fun look of texture!

Painted Jar

Lastly, fill your jar with some of your favorite candy and tie some bakers twine or jute around the jar!  This would make a really sweet back to school teachers gift, a thoughtful “congratulations to the new mom gift” and more!  You can even swap out the candy for other things depending on the size of your jars.  Have fun with it!

Candy jar

For more quick and easy craft ideas check out these!

Neon Magnetic Polka Dot Clipboard

Magnetic Polka Dot Clipboard

Popcorn Paper Cone

Paper Popcorn Holder


This is SO cute Katie! I love the color (and the candy!) you chose!

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Freezer Paper Stenciled Pillow

Hey Classy Clutter readers!  It’s Carrie from Lovely Etc. again and I’m back to share a fun project you can whip up in less than an hour.


freezer paper stenciled pillow


If you’ve never used a freezer paper stencil before, let me tell you, it is magical.  You can buy freezer paper from your local grocery store in the aisle with the wax paper and aluminum foil.  I have no idea what freezer paper was originally used for but it is completely amazing for stenciling on fabric.

I’m a huge fan of using meaningful words in décor and I can’t help smiling every time I see this pillow.  The phrase ‘oh happy day ’just oozes positivity and joy…not to mention it is the name of an amazing old gospel song.  Of course, you can choose any phrase you want that means something special to you.

You’re going to need a pillow cover to stencil.  You can use one you already have on hand or you can use this great tutorial for a simple envelope pillow cover.  My favorite trick for finding inexpensive down pillow inserts is to buy down pillows with removable covers at thrift stores.  I toss the ugly covers and make my own.  If you’re a little squeamish about buying used, you can also find clearance pillows at stores like Ross or Marshalls.  Just look for the ugliest ones because they are usually the cheapest.

First, choose a font for your words and print your design onto the freezer paper.  I designed my pillow at using the Ultra font but you can just as easily use Microsoft Word.  Cut a piece of freezer paper the same size as a sheet of cardstock.  Tape it to the cardstock with the papery side showing and the plasticy side facing the cardstock.  Feed it into your printer one sheet at a time.

printing a freezer paper stencil

Once your message is printed, it’s time to carefully cut it out. You don’t need any fancy cutting machines to make freezer paper stencils (though if you have one, it will definitely make it faster!)  I didn’t use a cutting machine at all – just a good old fashioned x-acto knife and cutting mat.  This can be a bit tedious but is not difficult.  Be sure to save the little dots that go in the centers of letters like o – you will need them for your stencil.

Line the freezer paper up where you would like it on your pillow cover with the plastic side down.  Iron the freezer paper stencil onto the fabric.  You only need to hold the iron on each section for a few seconds.  Be sure to iron on the little dots and other letter centers as well.  Ironing seals the stencil to the fabric so that when you paint it, the paint won’t seep under the edges.


freezer paper stencil with metallic paint


You can use any type of fabric paint to paint in your design. I wanted a little shine, so I used metallic craft paint mixed with fabric medium.  Fabric medium is sold in small bottles with the other craft paints and can be mixed with pretty much any acrylic paint to turn it into fabric paint.

clean lines wiht a freezer paper stencil


Once you have everything painted, carefully peel back the freezer paper.  Do a little happy dance because freezer paper stenciling works so amazingly and leaves the absolute cleanest lines.


oh happy day pillow


oh happy day stenciled pillow

I don’t know about you but I am definitely seeing more stenciled pillows in my future!

Thanks SO much for sharing this Carrie! You are so talented!

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Teacher “Survival Kit” Gift Idea

It’s time for back to school which means to time to meet the new teachers. My mom ALWAYS sent me with a little gift on the first day of school or on meet the teacher day. And I know without a doubt that it would give me the edge even before school started. I came up with this cute teacher gift / teacher survival kit that is easy to put together and that is very fun.

Teacher Gift Edited

Materials needed are:

  • Jar
  • 2 boxes of Colored Pencils or crayons
  • hot glue gun
  • goodies for the inside
  • Cute label or tag

Inside of mine I had…

My favorite crystal light energy packets, gum, Advil, lotion, gift card (for a few extra supplies) Tide to go pen, Wipes, Sanitizer, and chapstick.

You really could put anything you wanted in here. I think its the thought that counts. I started by hot gluing all the colored pencils onto the jar. I went through almost two boxes of the 24 count colored pencils. I finished in only about 10 mins. Make sure that the labels are either all facing out of in so that it all matches.

Teacher Gift 1

Teacher Gift 2


Teacher gift 4

Don’t you think it turned out super cute!?!? I just think it’s so darling!

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DIY Wooden Silhouette Artwork

Hi Classy Clutter readers! I am Carrie from Lovely Etc. and I cannot wait to share my latest project with you all!

At Lovely Etc. I love to share DIY projects that are both beautiful and inexpensive. My very favorite projects are the ones that are personal and meaningful – that truly help our home reflect us as a family. Today’s project is the perfect example of that.

DIY family silhouette

This DIY wooden silhouette is pretty easy to make. It is a bit time-consuming but totally worth it – I mean, look how awesome it looks! Plus I now have a huge, completely personalized piece of art for only $15!



Plywood – I used a precut 4’x4’ piece of plywood but you could use any size

Large photo printout





Clean lint-free cloth


family photo

This whole giant piece of art started with a family photo I loved. I knew it would make a great family silhouette! I chose to print my photo on my home printer because I was feeling very impatient. For my 4’ x4’ sign, I set my printer up to print the photo on 16 sheets of paper or 4 sheets x 4 sheets. Before printing, I cropped out the extra background and changed the photo to black and white so I wouldn’t waste my color ink.

printed photo

Another option would be to order your photo as an engineer print or a blueprint from a local print shop. This is an inexpensive way to get gigantic black and white photos.

pencil transfer

Once I had my giant photo, I used the oldest and simplest transfer method there is – the pencil transfer. Basically, you color the back of your photo with a pencil and then trace the edges. Everywhere you trace will transfer as a pencil line onto the wood. (If you would like more info about this process, you can check out this tutorial.)

Staining a picture with a small brush

To make the silhouette, I stained inside the pencil drawing. Working in small areas, use a small brush to apply stain around the outline and then fill in with a larger brush. Two coats of stain was all it took to give a nice even finish. (And, yes, in case you are wondering – I definitely took this opportunity to make my own silhouette a smidge skinnier. But that can be our little secret.)

stained silhouette

Once my stain had dried, it was time to fill in the background. I knew I definitely wanted a pop of color but I also didn’t want to hide the beautiful wood grain with paint. So I chose to use a colorwash. But first I used a scrap piece of plywood to test some different colors and paints.

color test

I chose to use a robin’s egg blue color and mixed some blue paint with a white glaze and water. Working in small areas, I brushed it on. After the paint had a few seconds to soak in, I used a clean rag to wipe away any excess paint. I ended up needing three coats.

You could also get a similar look with a colored wood stain or simply using watered down paint.

And then it was ready to hang! I love the pop of color it gives to our family room.

DIY family silhouette artwork

And I love that it looks like a high end art piece but its my family; it’s more than just something pretty to hang on the wall. It’s a beautiful moment in our family’s history that we get to look at and remember every single day.

DIY wooden silhouette

It looks right at home with the vintage fans I’ve collected from yard sales and our oversized arrow growth chart.

Anyone have a special family photo that you are thinking will make a great silhouette art piece? I’m already itching to make another – maybe with a white silhouette this time.

Thanks so much for sharing this with us Carrie! Looks amazing! Don’t forget to follow Carrie on PinterestFacebookInstagramTwitter, and Google+

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Chalkboard Potluck Dish Tags

Poluck Dish Tags

Hi Classy Clutter friends!  I’m Katie from Made to be a Momma and I am beyond excited to be here today!  As the girls mentioned yesterday, I am one of their new craft contributors and I can’t wait to get to know you all!   I had the pleasure of meeting both of these sweet girls at the Snap Conference for a few brief moments and they are ever bit as sweet in person as they are online!

Over at Made to be a Momma I try to focus on simple recipes, projects and crafts and what I wanted to share with you today is so simple it’s almost embarrassing!  I wrestled with sharing this project because of how quickly it comes together but I think these potluck dish tags are just perfect to share for the picnics going on this weekend!

  How many times do you go to a picnic and you just aren’t sure what a certain dish has in it or what it is?  Well….wonder no more!  These chalkboard dish tags are JUST the solution!  For those of you, who are like me and just like to have cute tags no matter how obvious the food is than these are great for you too! :)



Paint ( optional)

Wooden Chalkboard labels ( I found mine at Walmart)

If you can’t find the labels with the chalkboard already done for you just buy a bottle of chalkboard paint and paint some yourself…I promise, it’s worth the extra step!

If you want to paint your clothespins, do this step right now.  I decided to spray paint (1) pink, (1) yellow and the last one I just left alone.  Once your clothespin are dry, hot glue your wooden chalkboard label to your clothespin.

Materials I used a fun chalkboard marker to fill out my tags but of course you can use the old school chalk :)


I hope you all have a wonderful Fourth of July!

Thanks so much for sharing these Katie! SO cute and useful!

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