DIY Yarn Acorns

Hello, hello, hello! I’m Charlotte from Ciburbanity and it’s always a treat when I’m over visiting with my girls at Classy Clutter! Do you guys pull out all the stops for seasonal decor? I LOVE it, but… I’m not always organized enough to get around to decorating. Every year, I’m getting better and better about bringing in a little project here and there that has a hint of the season. This fall, I’m into acorns. Luckily our favorite nature walk is long on oak trees and I have lots of little helpers.

yarn acorn title

Wanna know what you’ll need for this fun autumnal craft? Acorn caps, leftover wool, and a hot glue gun. (Note: it HAS to be 100% wool. Nothing machine washable.)

leftover wool

Start by winding a small little ball with your yarn. Make sure your ends are tucked in and secure.

starting wool ball

Squirt a drop or two of dish soap onto your ball, get it wet, and lightly begin to roll it between your palms. Imagine you’re making little playdough balls. (And then picture my daughter’s thighs because they are doughy to the max these days!) Your goal is to keep your yarn balled up but still continue to agitate it.

soap yarn ball

felting wool

Rinse and repeat this step graaaaadually increasing your pressure. You’ll feel that the yarn ball will get firmer and firmer as you roll it between your palms. Each of these took me maybe 3-5 minutes of agitation? (The technical term for this craftastic fall project is ‘felting.’ In a nutshell- ha! See what I did there?!- you’re separating the fibers of your wool yarn and then tangling them all back together creating a ‘new’ fiber.) See how it tightens up and gets smaller? That’s the felting.

felting steps

Once your yarn has ‘felted’ and dried, glue your acorn caps on. I didn’t do anything to my acorn caps to prep them, I just left them in a bag in the hot car for a few weeks which did a good job drying them out. Technical stuff, folks.

acorn close

acorn red

acorns finished

Not that you asked, but here’s why my lazy seasonal self loves this project…. 1. It’s easy. 2. It’s sweet and subtle and colorful. 3. It makes use of one thing I NEVER know what to do with… leftover wool. 4. Best of all, I can make a little acorn ball in no time so it’s a great little project to have on hand when the kids are eating dinner, when the macaroni and cheese is cooking, you name it. I hope to keep adding to my stash so one day I’ll have a whole big bucket full of these colorful yarn acorns!

acorn square

acorn glass case

acorns scattered

On a scale of zero to ‘even my underwear is festive’ what do YOU like do to for seasonal crafts and decorating?

Oh my gosh, these are so cute Charlotte! Thanks for sharing with us! I want a big jar of them!!! I better get going now that Fall has officially begun!

Don’t forget to follow Charlotte on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Google+

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10+ DIY Fall Wreaths

Fall is only 12 days away! Time to kiss summer goodbye and get ready for the BEST season of the year. There’s just something so special about the leaves changing and the holiday season. To get you ready, I’m sharing some of my favorite DIY Wreath Ideas!
11 beautiful Fall Wreath ideas
Which one is your favorite!?!
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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.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

– 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.

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Free Fall Pear Printable

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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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DOWNLOAD FALL PEAR PRINTABLE HERE

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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10 Super Cute Fall Decor Ideas

Fall Decor Ideas

September 22nd is officially the first day of Fall!!! YAY! Fall is by far my favorite season! I really love everything about it. Especially the weather and the food! Apple Cider, Pumpkin everything, steamy soups, oh my! The temps have dropped and we are loving the gorgeous Fall weather in New York! I thought it’d be fun to round up some really cute Fall decor ideas! Here are some of my faves!

My Fall Mantel Display from 2012 Fall season

Fall Monogram Wreath from Two Twenty One

Fall Front Porch makeover from DecorChick

My $5 Burlap Fall Wreath

Pinecone Fall Wreath from V & Co.

Fall Wreath update from Homey Home Design

Pottery Barn inspired Fall decor from Live Laugh Rowe

Amazing Fall front porch from Liz Marie Blog

5 minute Fall Garland from Making Home Base

Free Fall Printables from Two Twenty One

Has Fall arrived where you live?

Check out these DIY Fall Wreath Ideas too!

$5 Burlap Fall Wreath {oldie but a goodie!}

Today I’m going to re-share a tutorial I posted a few years ago for my Burlap Halloween wreath. I used my own tutorial and created a Fall version. I thought I’d include the tutorial for those that may have missed it!

 
Burlap is SUPER cheap! I got 1 yard of burlap at Joann’s for around $2 using a coupon. I also got the Fall ribbon from Joann’s. The “N” and other fall embellishments I had on hand.
 
Here’s how I did it:
1. I unwound the hook of a wire hanger so it was one long wire.
2. I formed it into a circle shape.
3. Cut my burlap into 3″ strips. I used exactly 1 yard of burlap. You could use up to two yards for a more tightly folded look.
4. I folded the strips back and forth as I threaded it through the wire. Super easy.
 
5. Once I had a full-looking wreath, I spaced out the fabric and secured it in random places, using hot glue, to the wire hanger so it didn’t slide around.
 
6. Finally, I rewound the wire to close the hanger. I ended up keeping the hook part of the hanger so I could hang the wreath from it on my door.
 
7. Made a quick bow and used wire to secure it in place.
 
 
8. Finally, I added the gold (spray painted) “N” and a few Fall embellishments to dress it up a bit. The “N” and the Fall foliage were originally from Hobby Lobby but I had them on hand.
 
Start to finish you’re looking at about a 30-45 minute project for under $5! Can’t beat that! No excuses for a wreath-less door this season! Mallory_Sig
 
 

My Fall Mantel 2012 and Ruffled Burlap Garland Tutorial

Hi! I finally finished my fall mantel! Well, my shelf. ha! I don’t have a real mantel so I use my Ballard inspired shelf I made as my mantel in my living room.

I wanted to do a traditional looking mantel that would last all of October and November. One of my favorite things about Fall is the gorgeous color that is everywhere! I love the oranges, golds, reds and browns!

I saw this sign on Ella Claire blog and knew I really wanted a similar one. I used my Silhouette to make a vinyl stencil, stuck it on the painted board and painted the letters with acrylic craft paints. When it was almost dry, I peeled off the vinyl and voila! Easy! I also sanded it when everything was dry to get a more rustic look.

The fall foliage topiary was a 90% off find at Hobby Lobby last winter. I think I paid $4 for it! SCORE! The pumpkin too. It was less than a $1 with the 90% off discount! Seriously, stock up after Thanksgiving on your fall decor. Hobby Lobby has crazy cheap prices for their cute stuff!

The books came from the thrift store for $.89 each. I think they bring a lot of character to the display.

I bought the fall leaves garland at Joann’s today and it was 60% off! I get a bit excited about good sales can ya tell?! *wink*
I made the ruffled burlap garland and it was a pretty cheap/quick project.

It really is super simple! The roll of burlap garland was from Joann’s and it is $8.99 and I used a 50% off coupon. I used one roll for my ruffled garland and it made about 5-6 feet of ruffled garland once it was all put together.

First, you get a thin piece of ribbon or you could use jute or twine. I simply made a tiny hole about every 4-5 inches by spreading the weave and fed the ribbon through over-under-over-under… the entire length of the burlap roll. The ribbon fits well through the weave and was $1 at Joann’s.

That’s it! I spent under $20 and I think it turned out really cute! I debated on doing a Halloween mantel for October and the Fall mantel for November but with all the fun stuff I’m doing to get ready for baby boy #3, I think one mantel will work just fine.
DIY Ruffled Burlap Garland
Do you like it? What’s your favorite part?
If you liked this post, check out my $5 Fall Burlap Wreath tutorial here.

Burlap Fall Wreath for under $5

Today I’m going to re-share a tutorial I posted a two years ago for my Burlap Halloween wreath. I used my own tutorial and created a Fall version. I thought I’d include the tutorial for those that may have missed it!
 
Burlap is SUPER cheap! I got 1 yard of burlap at Joann’s for around $2 using a coupon. I also got the Fall ribbon from Joann’s. The “N” and other fall embellishments I had on hand.

Here’s how I did it:
1. I unwound the hook of a wire hanger so it was one long wire.
2. I formed it into a circle shape.
3. Cut my burlap into 3″ strips. I used exactly 1 yard of burlap. You could use up to two yards for a more tightly folded look.
4. I folded the strips back and forth as I threaded it through the wire. Super easy.
5. Once I had a full-looking wreath, I spaced out the fabric and secured it in random places, using hot glue, to the wire hanger so it didn’t slide around.

6. Finally, I rewound the wire to close the hanger. I ended up keeping the hook part of the hanger so I could hang the wreath from it on my door. 
7. Made a quick bow and used wire to secure it in place.
8. Finally, I added the gold (spray painted) “N” and a few Fall embellishments to dress it up a bit. The “N” and the Fall foliage were originally from Hobby Lobby but I had them on hand.
Start to finish you’re looking at about a 30-45 minute project for under $5! Can’t beat that! No excuses for a wreath-less door this season! 
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DIY Fall Wreaths Ideas

I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite Fall wreaths! There are so many fabulous ones out there in blogland and via pinterest! Check out my Fall/Halloween board for even more inspiration!
Come back tomorrow to see my Fall Wreath tutorial!