September 18, 2014

Cute DIY Fall Placemat Pumpkin Craft

Katie Femia is back with a really easy and frugal fall craft! This would make a great project to do with the kids and it’s a cute and inexpensive fall decoration!

Here's a easy family friendly, DIY fall craft that's cute and frugal! A placemat pumpkin!

If you want to create a fall pumpkin without all of the mess of dealing with a real one, take a peek below at what you can do with a simple placemat. This round orange placemat comes from my local dollar store, and in just minutes turned into the cutest pumpkin around.

Want to make your own placemat pumpkin? Here is what you will need!


1 orange, round placemat
Black scrap paper
Brown ribbon
Assorted faux leaves
Craft glue

supplies needed for placemat pumpkin

I used supplies I already had on hand, such as scrap paper and the fake leaves from another project. This is a great way to cut down your costs and use items that may otherwise be headed for the trash.


1. Begin by cutting the face of your pumpkin out of the scrap paper. Choose whichever shapes you wish. For this one, I did triangle eyes, a square nose, and semi circle mouth.

shapes cut out for placemat pumpkin
2. Apply some glue to the back of the shapes and press them to the placemat. You will see the face of your pumpkin take shape!
3. You now want to create a stem, which will also act as the hanger for the pumpkin. Make a bow out of brown ribbon and glue it to the top of our pumpkin placemat. The knot of the bow is also perfect for running a pin through for hanging.
4. Embellish the pumpkin further by gluing on a few leaves. Just add a generous amount of glue and press the leaves to the front or back of the placemat.

Once your glue is dry, your pumpkin placemat is ready to be hung. You can simply slip the knot over a hook or nail or add another piece of long ribbon to back and hang it from that.

A fun and frugal fall craft - placemat pumpkin

This is a cute and family friendly project that brings the fun of fall into your home! Gather your supplies and give this placemat pumpkin a try!

Katie Femia took a leap of faith several years ago and left her career as an elementary school teacher to pursue her dream of becoming a writer. She now enjoys the day-to-day musings of writing for a variety of websites as a regular contributor. She covers topics such as frugal living, craft projects, DIY projects, money saving strategies, and everything in between!

15 Dollar Store Pumpkin Crafts

Foam pumpkins from the dollar store are the perfect fall accessory to makeover on a budget! Here are 15 dollar store pumpkin crafts to get you inspired.

15 Dollar Store Pumpkin Crafts

15 Dollar Store Pumpkin Makeovers

1. Studded Dollar Store Pumpkin – Lucy Designs

2. Blue Crackled Pumpkins – Home Stories A to Z

3. Mod Podged Pumpkins – The 36th Avenue

4. White Trick Or Treat Pumpkin Topiaries – The Kim Six Fix

5. Tissue Paper Pumpkins – Poofy Cheeks

6. Make Your Own Burlap Pumpkin – Country Chic Cottage

7. Glam Pumpkin Topiary – Tiaras and Bowties

8. Dollar Store “Thanks” Pumpkin – A Diamond in the Stuff

9. Sharpie Pumpkins - The Happy Housie

10. Vintage Style Dollar Tree Pumpkins – Fox Hollow Cottage

11. Funny Mummy Pumpkin – Consumer Queen

12.  Corn Husk Wrapped Dollar Store Pumpkin - Craftiments

13. Chalkboard Dollar Store Pumpkin – Home Hinges

14. Spooky Spray Painted Pumpkins – Clever Pink Pirate

15.Welcome Sign Dollar Store Pumpkins – Sister See Sister Do


Linking to: Thrifty Thursday

Some Different Things That I Collect

I  wanted to share some photos of different things that I collect that are part of my decor before I pack them up. I have 4 bookcases in the living room from Ikea that have extenders on the top where I house some of my collectibles.

Decorating with collections

Fortunately I’ll be able to take the bookcases with me. I’m just not sure I’m actually going to be putting some of these collections back though (not sure I’ll use the extenders). Quite a bit will be sold in the garage sale we’ll be having before we move.

vintage rooster collection

This is my collection of roosters. A few are vintage. The big ones were all found at thrift stores and I think I’m going to sell those.

teapot collection

This is my collection of tea pots.  I’m only keeping 3.

Vintage Mackenzie Childs Courtly  Checks teapot

I’m keeping this blue and white transferware teapot, the Mackenzie-Childs teapot (which is over 20 years old and I can’t remember the pattern – Courtly Check?) and the cherry pot-for-one in the first photo.

white pitcher collection

I’m only going to take  2 or 3 white pitchers. I do use a couple of them frequently. Although,  I rarely use the big wide one or the small one. So those and a few others are destined for the garage sale for sure.

mercury glass collection

Lastly some of my mercury glass collection (I have more in the garage).  I like to use mercury glass in the winter so I’ll keep my favorite pieces. But the ones that I’m not so attached to, like the mercury glass decanter in the back of the shelf, will be sold.  Not sure about the globes just yet. 3 are vintage – I may keep those.

I’m packing up the easy stuff first since we’re still waiting on underwriting to approve the buyers loan (don’t want to have to unpack a ton if their loan doesn’t go through). We should know by the end of the week if everything is ok on that front :)

25 Festive DIY Fall Wreaths!

Are you all ready for fall? I know I’m looking forward to cooler weather! One of the easiest ways to welcome fall into our homes is to display a fall wreath at our front door or entryway. I’ve gathered some great DIY ideas for fall wreaths that will hopefully get your creative juices flowing!

25 Festive DIY Fall Wreaths that anyone can make!

One thing I love about this season besides the food, colors (well everything really) is fall decor! Here are 25 fall wreaths that you can make!

1. My Fall Wreath - A Cultivated Nest

2. Frugal Fall Wreath - The Frugal Homemaker

3.  Pottery Barn Knock Off Faux Antler Fall Wreath - The Country Chic Cottage

4. Pretty Recycled Paper Bag Fall Wreath - Pop Sugar

5. Wrapped Burlap Fall Wreath – Making Home Base

6. Fabric Scrap Fall Wreath – Chase the Star

7. Apples & Pinecone Fall Wreath - Better Homes & Gardens

8. DIY Fall Monogram Wreath – Practically Functional

9. DIY Versatile Fall Wreath – Simply {Darr}ling

10. Burlap Monogrammed Fall Wreath – Second Chance to Dream

11. Easy Autumn Floral Wreath (under $6) – Songbirds and Buttons

12. Felt Flower Wreath - The Thinking Closet

13. Fall Yarn Wreath – Crafts n’ Coffee

14. Autumn Popcorn Wreath – Cherished Bliss

15. Welcome Fall Wreath (plus printable) – Fleece Fun

16. Flannel and Denim Fall Wreath – The 36th Avenue

17. Fall Mesh Wreath – The Nerd’s Wife

18. Painted Burlap Flower Fall Wreath – Busy Being Jennifer

19. Fall Rag Wreath - A Beautiful Mess

20. Shabby Burlap & Buttons Fall Wreath - Crafts n’ Coffee

21. Fabric & Felt Fall Wreath – Uncommon Designs

22. 5 Minute, $5 Fall Wreath – Organize & Decorate Everything

23.Who’s There Owl Wreath - About Family Crafts

24. Wood & Burlap Natural Fall Wreath – Finding Home

25. Rustic Acorn Fall Wreath – Crafts Unleashed

Hope you found some inspiration! You can find more fall inspiration on my Pinterest Board.

Easy Frugal Fall Wreath

I have a cute idea for an easy to make fall wreath today from Katie Femia who is going to be doing some guest posting for me while I pack up my house. She came up with this clever idea to use a burlap charger ($2) as the basis for a fall wreath!

Super easy to make frugal fall wreath!

Invite the warmth of fall into your home when you craft this festive and frugal fall wreath. Made from just a few dollar store materials, this pretty wreath is a fresh spin on the traditional idea of a wreath. Here’s how to make it.


1 burlap covered charger ($2 at local craft store)
Assorted fall foliage and flowers (dollar store)
Mini pumpkins (dollar store)
Fall ribbon of your choice. You will need wide ribbon for hanging and thin ribbon for an accent. (dollar store)
Hot glue, glue gun

materials for frugal fall wreath

1. Begin by cutting your fall foliage and flowers up into individual stems. This will make them easier to work with. If any of the flowers are large (such as the orange sunflowers we used) you can remove the bloom at the head.
2. Before you apply your flowers, lay out a design. Once your happy with how it looks, apply some hot glue generously to the back of your flower heads. Press them to the charger and hold them in place until secure.
3. Add some embellishment around the flower heads. I used smaller fall mums as well as some mini pumpkins. Apply a generous amount of glue to these items and press them in place creating a cluster. As you can see I created two dominate clusters, but you can arrange as you wish.
4. Finish the front by adding a few small bows, created from your thin ribbon if you like.
5. Cut a length of the thick ribbon to use for hanging. Apply some hot glue to the ends and press it to the back of the charger until secure.

Once your glue is dry, your frugal fall wreath is ready for hanging!

dollar store fall wreath

This  easy fall wreath is perfect for hanging on  a door, mirror or over a buffet. Anywhere you need a touch of fall in your home.  It is sure to make your space look great without spending tons of money!

Katie Femia took a leap of faith several years ago and left her career as an elementary school teacher to pursue her dream of becoming a writer. She now enjoys the day-to-day musings of writing for a variety of websites as a regular contributor. She covers topics such as frugal living, craft projects, DIY projects, money saving strategies, and everything in between!

My Fourth of July Chalkboard

4th of July chalkboard art

I only did a little decorating for the 4th of July since we won’t be home for most the day anyway. I re-did the chalkboard in my dining room with a 4th of July theme.

Fourth of July Chalkboard Art

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend!

My Summer Porch Tour

I thought since it’s now “officially” summer that I would share what my screened in porch looks like this year. We’ve made a few changes. We moved some furniture down to the patio to stage it and I moved some other furniture into the porch.  One thing I’ve realized is that in the summer I don’t need a lot of “decor” on the porch.  The stars are the scenery since it’s off our top floor,  the birds we see in the trees and the delicious breeze we usually get. So I didn’t do a lot of decorating of surfaces and stuff like that this summer but I did paint and repurpose a lot of items. So I’ll just start in one area and work my way around! Be warned there are lots of photos so this is a long post.

Lots of Summer Porch Decorating Ideas

 Welcome to our summer screened porch!

Summer Porch Tour - small dining area on the porch
Our porch is long so we’ve always divided it into two distinct areas – dining and seating. We moved our large patio table and chairs downstairs and I repurposed a little bistro table I had. I had to spray paint it white and then I took a glass table top that I’ve been storing in my closet for about 12 years (that’s why this is not an organizing blog!)  and put that on top of the table.  Our “living room” area used to be on this end but this summer I switched it up. I’m still getting used to it!
Green geometric indoor/outdoor rug

It’s really just my husband and myself that come out here these days so a table for two is perfect. My husband comes out here with his work laptop before I get up  in the morning to get some work done. Which is why that power cord is there in case his battery dies.

hydrangeas from the garden

*I took these photos during the course of a day and my husband kept switching pillows on me!*  I spray painted that blue metal table since it was a really faded green and a bit rusted. He often has his personal laptop out here as well as his work one so he needed a place to put that (he does his Swagbucks in the morning on his personal laptop).

begonias in galvanized planters

Moving on…this plant stand is from Ikea. I think I got it last year or the year before. It might make it one more year…might. Anyway, I usually have ferns in these galvanized buckets (from Home Depot). But I saw these two big Begonias and remembered that I used to have a huge Begonia while I was in college. So feeling a bit nostalgic…I went for the Begonias instead of ferns this year!

Decorating with a fern on the porch

I did have to have at least one fern. I think it’s a requirement for Southern porches! I also spray painted this old plant stand to give it new life (I’ve done sooooo much spray painting this month).

screened porch decorated for summer

The seating area is now sort of in the middle of the porch.

industrial look galvanized lantern

I love this galvanized lantern and my planter cup of lavender! I put them on a tray so they would be easy to move when we want to put our feet up on the coffee table. :)

wall fountain in screened porch

There’s a wall fountain close by that we like to turn on.

DIY mosaic topped yellow buffet on the screened porch

This is a buffet that I did a  little makeover on long, long time ago. I did a mosaic on the top with broken plates and tiles with some tips from my blog  friend Penny @ The Comforts of Home. That’s a vintage galvanized watering can on top that I use to water the porch and deck plants and  a container of lettuce that I just started. There’s a skylight over this table so I’m hoping I can grow some lettuce on the porch without it bolting in this heat!

a planter filled with white petunias and a chalkboard plant marker

A planter of petunias with a little iron fairy peeking out which was a gift from my blog friend Linda.

Summer screened in porch tour

That’s it – those blue doors are the entrance to the dining room.

I hope you enjoyed the porch tour!


Linking to: Wow Us Wednesday, Creative Ways Link Party

11 Easy & Simple Patriotic Decorating Ideas

I’ve collected 11 awesome DIY decorating ideas that would be easy for you to make for any patriotic holiday. Not only are these ideas easy to duplicate, they’re low cost (love that)!

A collection of easy and cute patriotic decorating ideas

11 Easy To Make Patriotic Decorating Ideas

mason jar flag by It All Started With Paint

Wouldn’t this mason jar flag by It All Started With Paint be super cute on a buffet table holding your utensils, straws or even filled with flowers or pinwheels!

Patriotic apothecary jars by  Makoodle

Apothecary jars are always an easy way to decorate seasonally. These are from Makoodle  

patriotic flower centerpiece by Heritage Schoolhouse

Recycle some old glass bottles and add some pretty red & blue ribbon and you have a beautiful and easy centerpiece like this one from Heritage Schoolhouse

Patriotic fabric bunting by Second Chances by Susan

Second Chances by Susan made this fabulous patriotic bunting from strips of fabric!

Mini flag wreath by The Picky Apple

Make this gorgeous patriotic wreath by sticking cheap mini flags in a wreath form like this one from The Picky Apple

Painted USA craft letters from BHG

Paint some inexpensive craft letters that spell USA –  like these from BHG

Patriotic paint chip bunting by Nest of Posies

This cute red, white and blue bunting from Nest of Posies is made from paint chips!

banner made from bandans by Life In Wonderland

Here’s one more banner and it’s from  Life In Wonderland. This one is made from bandanas – so cute!

Patriotic clothespin wreath by Cat's Craft Room

Here a way to upcycle clothespins. Make this pretty patriotic wreath! See the tutorial at Cat’s Craft Room

Patriotic days chain decoration

This is a cute way to decorate your deck and you can get the kids involved. Make these patriotic daisy chains from the DIY Network

DIY firecracker centerpiece from All You

This fun DIY centerpiece is easy to make. Tutorial can be found at All You

These decorations will be sure to add a festive touch to your celebrations!

The Perfect Spring Pillow

So I’m lightening things up in the living room for spring and I have some new pillows to share with you. Well 1 pillow today since I want to wash my white slipcovers before putting my other new pillows on that seating.  I bought a pretty aqua chevron pillow cover at Hobby Lobby a while ago and I wanted to make a really big yellow ruffled rosette for the center but we have been so busy working on our deck (what a huge exhausting project) that I just never had time.

Spring Decorations - aqua chevron pillow with yellow rosette

So for the time being I made a little rosette from some yellow toile fabric and am calling it good because otherwise this pillow would never see the light of day!

Yellow rosette on aqua chevron pillows

The lampshade is from Target – their Threshold line – which I really like since so many things are yellow.  :)

Yellow Threshold lampshade from Target

A yellow lampshade does not give off much light! But it’s ok because this is the lamp I leave on at night and it emits nice soft glow now that it has a yellow shade.  It’s on a swing arm lamp that I got at the thrift store many years ago (used to be gold and I spray painted it white).

Yellow polka dot vase filled with spring flowers

Some pretty faux spring flowers

Spring Decorating with Yellow

A little corner fluffed for spring!

My Easter Decorations

Hi everyone! I thought I’d share my Easter decorations today. I recently took out the toile fabric panels that lined the back of my  living room china cabinet and painted the beadboard backing  a golden yellow. So instead of just putting everything back, I put everything back and added some of my Easter decorations. So it’s all in one spot instead of spread throughout the house (makes it easier for me to put it all away).

Easter China Cabinet | A Cultivated Nest

This might just be the last time I decorate for Easter (I only do it for my daughter) and she’ll most likely be out on her own this time next year (sob!). I don’t know…I’m always torn with wanting to live simpler and getting rid of everything and thinking it all looks really cute when I have everything decorated :)

Easter bottlebrush tree and blue plates

I basically use the same decorations every year but try to think of new ways to use them. I normally buy new decorations close to the holiday or after the holiday when everything is on clearance (unless it’s something I really love – because if you wait till the end the picking’s are slim).

I’m just going to post photos with no text because everything is pretty self-explanatory. Here are some close-ups.

Easter bottlebrush tree and pink  plates


Easter decorations


Easter decorations - bunny

Easter decorations - egg topiary | A Cultivated Nest

Easter decorations

Happy Easter!

Easter banner | A Cultivated Nest

Cheerfulness Daffodils from the Garden

I know this is odd…but I don’t really cut a lot of the flowers in my yard to bring inside. I do cut the hydrangeas and roses because I have lots of them but I don’t really do too many other flowers. I like to enjoy them in their natural setting I guess. Anyway….I have TONS of daffodils and tulips this year so I actually picked some for my dining room!

A spring centerpiece using Cheerfulness daffodils in blue Ball Jars

 I’m guessing it’s because of the cold cold winter. They finally had a proper chilling period.

Cheerfulness daffodils

These are Cheerfulness Daffodils. I got the bulbs on ebay about 8-9 years ago because I thought the name was so cute! They’re really pretty – they’re a creamy color with  a bit of yellow in the center and are nicely fragrant.

a spring centerpiece using Cheerfulness daffodils and blue ball jars

They’re in blue Ball jars in this pretty yellow plant carrier that I got at Burlington Coat Factory. I hadn’t been in there in years but I needed a light weight jacket and went in there to look (didn’t find a jacket but I found this). It sort of reminds me of TJMaxx except more clothes and baby stuff.

daffodils in blue Ball Jars

Hope you’re all having a great weekend!



10 Cute Spring Printables That Are Free!

Are you all ready for spring? I know I am! Here are some cute free spring printables that you can print out at home. Put them in a frame, clipboard, or tack them to a message board. Either way they’re a nice way to get a touch of  spring in your home….for free!

A collection of 10 cute spring printables that are free!

A huge thank you to the bloggers that make these available for free! Please go to the linked source to print out.

Free Spring Has Sprung Printable from TidyLady

Free Spring Has Sprung printable from TidyLady

Spring Sign Printable by Hoosier Homemade

Spring Bloom Printable by Hoosier Homemade

free nest printable by Darling Doodles

Nest Printable by Darling Doodles

free spring chalkboard printable by Poppy Seed Projects

Spring Chalkboard Printable by Poppy Seed Projects

Hello Spring printable by Sandy Toes & Popsicles

Hello Spring Printable by Sandy Toes & Popsicles

Welcome Spring Bunny by Landeelu

Welcome Spring Bunny by Landeedlu

free Easter printable - chalkboard egg hunt sign

Chalkboard Egg Hunt Printable  by Blissful Roots

Free spring has sprung printable by The Mombot

Free Spring Has Sprung Printable by the Mombot

free spring subway art printable by The 36th Avenue

Free Spring Subway Art Printable in 2 sizes by The 36th Avenue

Free Hello Spring Chalkboard Printable by Through My Front Porch

Free Hello Spring Chalkboard Printable by Through My Front Porch


Check out my Spring/Easter Ideas Pinterest Board for more inspiration!

DIY Fabric Wrapped Spring Wreath

This easy project is a great way to use up scraps of fabric! I made this fabric wrapped wreath for a  spring display that I’m working on in my dining room.

DIY fabric covered spring wreath

This is so easy and cute!


  • straw or styrofoam wreath form
  • 1 inch wide strips of fabric
  • push pins
  • other embellishments you might want to add like lace, rick rack, flowers, brooches etc

materials needed to make a fabric covered wreath

I used a small  straw wreath – 8 inches I believe. The 10 inch straw wreaths are $2.99 and I think the one I used was $1.99?(can’t remember).  You can find them in any craft store as well as thrift stores.

I made 1 inch wide strips of fabric since my wreath was small. I would use 2 inch wide strips for a larger wreath. The strips varied in length but most were at least 15 inches long.  You want to wrap your strips around at least 3 times.

pin fabric to wreath

Wrap your strip of fabric around the wreath and pin it at the back. Continue until the entire wreath is covered with our fabric strips and then add any other embellishments if you wish.

That’s it!

easy to make wreath using fabric scraps

Actually I think it would be just as cute for summer too!


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