Front_Porch_Chairs_FallFor our September Michaels Makers challenge, we were asked to shop at their Fall Market to find materials and items to decorate our home in preparation for Autumn. I decided this would be a perfect opportunity to give my front porch a fall makeover and though the leaves have not yet started to change colors here in Portland, I will be ready when they do. In just a few days I changed the look from pales blues and neutral tones, to plums, purples and a touch of metallic. First I collected a pile of pumpkins as well as small metallic gourds. I chose the cream pumpkins, the kraft version and an orange pumpkin that I spray painted plum to add the drama.  My team then made a burlap banner by gluing on the paper letters in a metallic plum and hung them with the mason jar lanterns. My apple basket was filled with birch branches, two vases became the display for dried curly willow and we made a paper feather wreath using a grape vine wreath base to hold the mass of feathers cut from plums, copper and glitter scrapbook papers found at Michaels. My three final touches were DIY projects. First, I made two new floral pillow covers for the robin’s egg rocking chairs. The fabric showing the pale blue as well as an array of plums, raspberry, limes and teal. I then hand painted a sisal door mat in stripes, matching these colors and to bring the mix over to the doorway. I will be sharing a tutorial on how to make this rug later this week. I finally made a new paper flower hydrangea wreath, starting with a foam wreath form and foam balls from Michaels and choosing metallic paper in deep rich plums and a touch of lime green for the blooms. This is a different technique than the hydrangea I made for my flower bouquet and the tutorial will be here on the blog tomorrow as well as the paper colors and pattern for the blooms and leaves. I am ready for company now! How about coming on over for a cup of tea and we can sit right here and visit. Hugs! ~ Lia

For more Autumn decor and crafty inspiration, check out Michaels’ Fall Market lookbook.


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