I finally had a free day where it wasn’t 100-degrees outside to tackle my fall porch decorations. I have wanted to add mums and pumpkins to the porch, but when it’s unbearably hot out, it’s pointless. The mums would have died, and the pumpkins would have turned into pumpkin pie. We finally hit our streak of decent weather, and it doesn’t look like we’ll be going back up anytime soon. That called for operation fall to commence! I had a few little DIY projects I wanted to tackle, and I was excited about dedicating a day to that. Between building the new house, a ton of upcoming travel, and other little things going on in life, I was happy to have a day where I didn’t have to focus on anything other than painting a pumpkin. We all need those days! Today, I’m going to share what I’ve been DIY-ing this fall!
I saw that our local nursery had mums on sale for $5.99, so I had to take advantage of that. I finished up a few things for work and then headed over there to pick out new mums and pumpkins! I picked out six new mums in different colors and four pumpkins! I wish I could say I was finished, but I’m heading over there today to grab a few small ones to fill in the gaps.
I still have a few projects I want to do before we’re too deep into fall, but yesterday, I tackled the plaid pumpkin (i still have four more to paint!) and my plank sign for the porch. I did learn that I have zero patience when it comes to painting, so next time I’m going to put on a good podcast and take my time on the lines. But if you’re standing far away, my plaid is on point.
My mom wants me to do some teal plaid pumpkins for her porch, so that’ll be a fun project for the weekend. I thought painting plaid would be complicated, but it was rather easy, other than controlling my patience. It’s a super inexpensive project you can do that’ll add so much character and detail to your porch. When I walk by my house, the plaid pumpkin stands out, and I love how it looks with all of the mums and orange pumpkins.
The first thing you’ll need is a pumpkin!
You can get a real one or a fake one! I am going to use the fake ones the next time I paint the plaid because I want to be able to use them next year. I don’t want to put myself through the painting process again (even though it’s simple.) I bought paper mache pumpkins at Hobby Lobby that I’ll use to paint the rest of the plaid pumpkins.
The first thing you’ll want to do is spray paint the pumpkin white, or use chalk paint/acrylic paint. You can leave the stem natural, or paint it a color! I’ve seen some people paint it gold.
When the white paint has dried, use gray paint to run lines down the pumpkin. You can make them any size you want.
Use the same gray paint to run lines around the pumpkin like a checkerboard.
Wherever the lines cross is where you’ll make a black square! This will give you the plaid detail.
I finished my pumpkin off with a burlap bow that I bought at Hobby Lobby! Even though my painting job is questionable, I love how it turned out.
The next project I did was my easy fall plank sign!
I found this plank board at Hobby Lobby for $12.99, bought paint markers, and wrote my favorite fall things down the boards! There was nothing to it, but I love how it looks. It’s super subtle, but adds a fun touch to my porch! Now, I’ll need to work on making a Christmas one.
Another little project I did recently was this knock-off of Kirkland’s monogrammed pumpkin! I was shopping at Kirkland’s and loved this pumpkin, but didn’t want to pay $40 for it. I decided to paint a paper mache pumpkin orange, paint on a letter, and add the bow! Now, mine isn’t as nice as the one from Kirkland’s, but I’ll take a $6 knockoff!
I also did a quick make-shift garland for the fireplace with these gingham leaves, fabric pumpkins, and twine! I bought all of those materials from Hobby Lobby for under $8!
Questions for you!
- What is your favorite color of mums?
- Have you done any DIY this fall?
- Do you like carving pumpkins?
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