How to Make a Gorgeous Fall Wreath

DIY Fall Decor

It has been way too long since I made and shared a DIY wreath project with you all. That is why I am a super stoked about today's simple, cheap tutorial - a gorgeous gilded wreath to adorn your front door. You are going to need just a few supplies and an hour to create your very own. Let's get started!

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SUPPLIES:

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Plastic or foam pumpkins and gourds (I got mine for 50% off at Michaels)

Krylon Dual spray paint in metallic gold, or your favorite color

A wreath form, or cardboard with and scissors(I used a pizza box)

Hot glue gun and sticks

Ribbon to coordinate with your paint choice

Drop cloth or old sheet to protect surface from overspray

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Begin by laying out your pumpkins on the drop cloth. This project is best done outside since you will be spray painting.

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Spray pumpkins per instructions on can. Make sure you are using paint that has primer in it. If not, you will need to prime the pieces first. I love Krylon Dual because it has paint and primer in one. It is my go to product for spray painting.

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Now for the wreath form. I showed you how to make your own from cardboard in this DIY Poinsettia Wreath tutorial. For this project, I wrapped the cardboard wreath form in duct tape for durability since I planned to hang the wreath outdoors.

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Before attaching the painted, dry pumpkins, place the ribbon around the wreath. Hot glue it into place, then begin attaching pumpkins. how-to-hang-a-wreath

It's as easy as that!

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TIP: For more cohesiveness, once all the pumpkins are in place, use the same spray paint to spray the wreath form where it is visible in the spaces.

For more of our festive wreaths, click:

Saved by Love Creations DIY Wreath Tutorials

Over 50 Pumpkin Recipes to Make

Over 50 Pumpkin Recipes @savedbylovesIt is one of the best things about fall and the holiday season, a great source of potassium and Vitamin A, and is over 90% water. What is it, you ask? We are talking about pumpkin! Today we are sharing over 50 tasty pumpkin recipes for you to enjoy. You will see pumpkin soup, scones and everything in between. If we missed your favorite pumpkin recipe, leave us a link in the comments so we can share your delicious creation!
Over 50 Pumpkin Recipes @savedbyloves

50 Plus Favorite Pottery Barn Knock Offs

50 Plus Best Pottery Barn Knock Off Ideas from @savedbylovesWho doesn't love getting designer home decor and furniture for a fraction of the price? Today I am sharing our favorite Pottery Barn knock off decor DIY tutorials from around the web. If we missed your project, leave us a link!

Gelli Printing DIY Fall Art

DIY Gelli Printed Fall Art @savedbyloves

A creative friend introduced me to gelli printing, and I am hooked. I think you will be too! Today I will show you how to use leaves from your yard and die cut leaves to create beautiful one of a kind fall art prints. Use gelli printing for your art journal and mixed media backgrounds, for handmade greeting cards or frame them for instant art!

DIY Fall Art

MATERIALS

DecoArt Mixed Media

Gelli Printing Plate; I purchase this 8x10 inch plate (*this is my Amazon affiliate link)

Brayer

Acrylic Paints in fall reds, oranges and yellows; I used DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics

White Card Stock 8.5 x 11 inches

Rubber Stamps, bubble wrap or other texture materials

Leaves from outside

Die cut leaves

TUTORIAL

Gelli Printing Tutorial

Drip paint in yellow, orange and red as shown.  It doesn't take much paint to cover the gelli plate.

Mixed Media Background Technique

Use the brayer to spread the paint over the gelli plate.

Use Bubble Wrap to Create Texture

Create texture in the wet paint with bubble wrap, stamps, combs, etc.

Crafting with leaves

Place the real leaves or die cut leaves over the texture you just made. Now you are ready to lift your first print!

How to Gelli Print

Place the white card stock over the gelli plate and smooth out with hands, ensuring contact all over the card stock.

Gelli Print Ideas

After lifting the first print, and removing the leaves, you are left with this, which creates a cool second print.

How to Create Mixed Media Backgrounds

The left is the first print and the right is the second print after removing the leaves.

Mixed Media Techniques

Here I followed the above steps, but used leaves I die cut from cardstock with the Sizzix Tattered Leaves Die instead of real leaves.

DIY Leaf Art

I love this technique, and the DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics are great to use for it.  I tried a few other paints, but got blurred lines with the leaf outlines.  I am excited to do more gelli prints!

Have you tried gelli printing?

Over 50 of the Best Pumpkin Recipes

50 Plus Best Pumplin Recipes @savedbylovesSweaters, pumpkins, orange, leaves, hay rides, these things make me happy. That is why fall is my favorite time of year. I couldn't resist the urge to search out and share over 50 of the best pumpkin recipes out there. If you have a favorite fall pumpkin recipe that I missed, leave a link in the comments after this post and I will add it to the collection. Enjoy!

DIY Graphic Centerpiece from Reclaimed Wood

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Now that I have your attention with a seriously adorable puppy and his one blue eye, I would like to show you how to make this chicken wire reclaimed wood graphic centerpiece! This piece definitely evolved as it was being made.  My friend came over to see if we could come up with a centerpiece for her square kitchen table, and we started at my wood pile.  We ripped some chippy painted trim, and added it to some pallet wood and wire.  We thought we were finished there,  but had the idea to visit The Graphics Fairy where we found the perfect vintage spoon and fork images to transfer onto the pallet wood sides.  The result is just what she had in mind, and now I want to make one for myself!

SUPPLIES:

Scrap wood (we used wood pallets and old trim)

Chicken Wire

 Ryobi Air Nailer

1 inch brad nails

Kreg jig

1 inch Kreg Screws

Wood Glue

White Tissue Paper

Mod Podge Matte

Printer (laser jet or ink jet printer are fine)

Card stock

Painter's Tape

Mitre Saw

Drill

Metal Snips

TUTORIAL:

DIY How to Make a Reclaimed Wood Crate Centerpiece

We knew we wanted a square crate.  Starting with the bottom, we used two 5.5 inch wide pieces of pallet wood that we cut to 11 inches long with the mitre saw.

We attached the pieces together with the Kreg Jig Pocket Hole System and 1 inch screws (I showed you how to use that here: How to Use a Kreg Jig).  The blue circles show the Kreg pocket holes.

We cut two pallet wood sides to 11 inches and attached them with pocket holes and .75 inch screws since the pallet wood sides were to thin for 1 inch screws.

Next we lined up the trim pieces we had ripped and marked them, cutting them with the mitre saw to the appropriate length.

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Next we cut the chicken wire with aviation snips to fit the sides of the crate.  We attached the chippy painted trim piece over the chicken wire to hold it in place.

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We thought we were finished, but then Victoria had the great idea of adding the chippy trim to the pallet wood sides where the arrows are in the photo.

DIY Reclaimed Wood Decor

We cut the trim to fit and nailed it into place with the Ryobi nailer.  This is what we were left with at that point.  I decided the wood area at the arrow and the side opposite it were perfect for graphics.  We chose the vintage spoon and fork graphics linked in the first paragraph and used the tissue paper image transfer technique I showed you here: DIY Image Transfer Recycled Glass Bottles.

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Not bad for a couple of hours and $0 spent!

How to Make a Reclaimed Wood Chicken Wire Crate

For more inspiration, visit our  50+ Image Transfer Techniques!

Wood Pallet Planter DIY

How to make a reclaimed wood planter from shipping pallets @savedbyloves

I picked up some mums recently and decided they needed a planter. Using Ana White's Cedar Planter For Less than $20 Free Plan, I made just a few adjustments and built this planter using pallet wood and 2x4 scraps I had on hand. 

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I just grabbed the cut list from Ana's plan and hit my scrap wood pile to see if I could make things work without having to buy any wood.  I happened to have 5 1/2 inch pallet wood to use in place of the 5 1/2 inch cedar planks.  Perfect!

To make the 2x2 posts for the four legs, I ripped 2x4 scrap wood into 2x2 pieces.  For the 1x2 horizontal supports, I had a few scraps of 1x2 on hand and ripped pallet wood for the rest.

Shipping Pallet to Planter

The biggest change from Ana's plan is that I cut the 2x2 legs to 23 inches instead of 23 3/3.  I attached the legs flush with the top of each panel, and added a "frame" to the top of the planter with 1x3 scrap wood that I mitered to fit.

As for the finish, I am just going to leave as is and seal with Polyurethane.  I love the various raw wood pieces.

Pallet Wood Projects

What do you think?  What are you building from pallets these days?

DIY Scrap Wood Halloween Pumpkins

How to make scrap wood pumpkins with @savedbylovesThese three pumpkins were made entirely with materials I had on hand, which is always a plus! With my huge pile of wood pieces from previous building projects, I am pretty excited when I can use up some of the leftovers. I used my table saw to rip scrap 2x4 into what are essentially wood shims.  You can do that, or use purchased wood shims or paint stirrers. Let's go make some free pumpkins!

MATERIALS:

Plywood (i used 1/4 inch since that is what we had on hand, but you can use thicker)

2x4 scrap pieces and table saw or pre made wood shims or paint stirrers

Wood glue or construction adhesive

Sharpie

Jig saw

Ryobi Air Strike Cordless nailer

5/8 inch brads

TUTORIAL:

Plywood Pumpkins

Use a sharpie to draw pumpkin shapes on your plywood.  I made three of varying heights and widths.  You can print templates and transfer your design to the wood with transfer paper too.  I just wanted rustic looking pumpkins so I went free hand.

Use table saw to rip wood

To make the wood shims, I set the table saw guide to the thickness I wanted using a shim from another project.

How to make wood shims

Then I just cut my 2x4 scraps using that guide setting.

Scrap Wood ProjectsI cut out my pumpkin shapes from the plywood using my jig saw.

Adhere wood to pumpkin with construction adhesive

I placed each pumpkin on top of side by side wood shims and glued them into place with construction adhesive.

Secure wood shims with air nailer

For added strength, I nailed each shim in two places with my cordless nailer and 5/8 inch brad nails.

Let glue dry overnight

I added weight to my pumpkins and let the glue dry overnight.

Cut with jig saw

Once dry, I cut the excess wood shims off, using the plywood pumpkin as my jig saw guide.

Hot glue twigs for stems

To finish, I hot glued twigs to the back of the pumpkin for the stem!

Check out these other great Halloween DIY projects for your favorite bloggers! 12 Halloween Projects from your favorite DIY bloggers

DIY Paper Flower Fall Wreath

Make a Paper Flower Fall Wreath

I finally got my hands on the Cricut Giant Flowers Cartridge, and had myself a great time! There are tons of ways to use these paper flowers in decor.  I opted to make this festive fall flower wreath.

DIY Paper Craft Fall Decor

Following the instructions that came with the cartridge, I made the Lotus, Zinnia and Rose in oranges and purple Core'dinations paper.

DIY Paper Flower Fall Wreath Tutorial

DIY Paper Flower Fall Wreath @savedbyloves

I wanted a flat wreath form, so I made one using cardboard.  I do this a lot.  Just find something round in the size you want your wreath, and trace it onto cardboard using a sharpie.

DIY Recycled Cardboard Wreath

I like to cut two pieces of cardboard per wreath form and tape them together...

How to make a fall wreath

Once I made the wreath form, I began laying out my flowers until I had the wreath full.  I glued the flowers into place with hot glue.

***TIP:  I also used got glue for making the flowers.  Gluing each petal into place as they are added keeps them from falling out all over the place as you continue building the flowers.

DIY Paper Flower Fall Wreath

Before gluing the last flower into place, I added a loop of burlap ribbon for hanging the wreath.

How to Make a Fall Paper Flower Wreath

Although it was simple, it did take some time.  Now I have an eternal paper flower wreath!  Totally worth it.

Be sure to visit our 50+ Paper Flower Projects for more inspiration:

50 Plus Gorgeous DIY Flowers to Make

[pinit] 50 Plus DIY Paper Flower Tutorials @savedbyloves[pinit]

Whether you are decorating for a DIY Wedding, spring our summer party, or simply want to make your space more beautiful, this roundup of DIY paper flower tutorials is a great place to start!  We have gathered our 50+ favorite handmade paper flowers from all around, and you are sure to find what you need to add some zero maintenance, everlasting floral decor to any occasion.  Enjoy!