Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Autumn Atmosphere

I have a couple SUPER SIMPLE *Do It Yourself* Fall Projects. I actually did both of these a few years ago but I still use them to decorate with.

This first project was first shown to me by my sweet Grandma. I have some photos to share that were taken a few years ago when we first did this!

Those are my Grandparents with my cousins and Skyler on the end all holding the toilet paper pumpkins!
This was actually taken in our FIRST home that we had of our own! My husband and I bought it when we were 18 years old! I remember being so excited to decorate it for the holidays.
This next photo is me in deep concentration attempting to be crafty!
(With my Grandpa and Kotah as a BABY in the background!)

1) Toliet Paper Pumpkins
You need:
-a small strip of paper bag all rolled and bunched up
-material cut into leaf shapes
-a long rectangle piece of material in orange or any fun fall color

Simply wrap the material around the TP and push inside the hole. Stick the leaves and raffia in the middle of the hole as well. The rolled up paper bag piece sticks in as the pumpkin stem.
Here is the finished product that I used to decorate our home with today:

2) Dryer Vent Pumpkins
You need:
-Dryer Vent
-Orange Spray paint or any fun fall color paint
-silk leaves in fall colors
-cinnamon stick

Hot glue the vent together in a circle. Spray paint the vent. Don't put a lot of paint on. If you leave some unpainted areas, the silver shines through for a fun finish. Tie a big bundle of Raffia in a fat knot to use as the stem. Stick in the center and secure with hot glue after the pumpkin is dry. Glue in silk leaves and finish off by sticking the cinnamon stick in the middle.
And this is the finished product:

Next Up some is...Fall Nesting! I took a JuMpStarT with making our home comfy for fall.
The Inspired Room and DIY Showoff have a complete list of ideas for more fall decor.

Some of our Autumn Atmosphere...

This Table Runner is hand quilted by the Amish.
Also, I had to pull out all of my dark Longaberger baskets for this season!

Little Details...my purse in Fall Colors. Yes I'm young and Yes I still love Vera Bradley bags even though I'm young.

Seasonal Pumpkin Spray from Bath and Body Works

Be prepared to do some Damage Control on your treadmill after trying these. Does chocolate ever go out of season?
These Peanut Butter Brownies taste like candy.

Another easy Seasonal decorating TIP is to switch photos in your regular photo frames! Put a seasonal photo into your normal photo frames to change it up in your home and add to the decor. Here I took out our regular photo and put an old photo of the boys when we were at a Harvest Festival several years ago.
Also, I bought some dried wheat for the glass vase. I'm working a lot with wheat this year and I'm looking forward to showing you more later on...

Have a Happy Fall!
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The DIY Show Off said...

The toilet paper pumpkins had me scratching my head and giggling until I saw them! How creative and easy! SO cute! Lots of great fall inspiration here!

Thanks so much for linking/participating in The DIY Show Off Fall Festival! ;)


A Touch of Country said...

great ideas...thanks!

Miller Racing Family said...

Wow great fall projects. I am so motivated to get the decorations out now. I love the air vent pumpkins, I might have to try those.
Thanks for the great ideas.

Kelly @ The Miller Mix said...

The pumpkins are too cute - and I can tell that my kids will love trying to make them. I also like the tip about switching out the framed photos. I never think about doing that, but it's a great idea!

It Feels Like Chaos said...

Cute crafts!! The toilet paper pumpkins sound like something even my level of uncraftiness could handle! Thanks for following my blog!

Michelle said...

Those pumpkins are toooooooo cute! I love the tip, thanks!

Greta said...

We could so be great next door neighbors - I too love pumpkins, Longaberger and Vera!

Love all your great ideas!

Teri Lynne said...

Love the dryer vent pumpkins! What a great idea!!

Paula @ Organizing Tips For Moms said...

My kids have made the TP pumpkins and I love them as decorations. I've never seen the dryer vent pumpkins-cute!!

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

Thanks to the links for your son's dinosaur party! So cute!!! (and I love all the Longaberger I see in your photos - I used to be a Longaberger rep!)

mama hall said...

these are so great! so cute & crafty! i needed the inspiration to get in the mood for Fall! thank you :)

Shelley said...

Oh, how cute! You are very creative. Thanks for sharing your crafts and tips!!

groovie mom said...

My daughter made the toilet paper roll pumpkin in preschool last year and it is so cute. I love the dryer vent one too. I used to have an extra piece lying around. Need to see if I can find it.

Vanessa said...

Lovely projects! The pumpkin is adorable!! Have a great day!

Kristin said...

Cutie cute table runner!! I so adore Fall decorating.

mub said...

I LOOOOVE that dryer vent pumpkin! I need to see if I can get my hands on some and make a few =)

Jane said...

What a cute post! I love the dryer vent pumpkin. My youngest made one when he was about 8...and I still use it every year...15 years later! They really last!!!

Sue said...

Lisa, I think your dryer vent pumpkins are adorable! How clever. They would be such a cute project for school kids, too. I may have to run to the hardware store this weekend. Thanks for the idea.
:-) Sue

prof en retraite said...

What a lot of cute ideas...especially the TP pumpkins! I am going to try that one wiht my grandson! Happy weekend...Debbie

Michelle said...

Love the dryer vent pumpkins...so cute and so funny too! Also really like the woven acorn too!

xinex said...

Thanks for sharing all your crafty fall things...Christine

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Thanks Lisa for coming by and girl I love your blog and all the great things you shown how to make so simple...Maybe I can even do them...and Girl I would give my first born child to be only 27....Hope you have a great weekend....hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I so hope you will post your cloches. This is not just for Fall decorations. It is called that just because of the Fall season. I don't have fall in all of mine. I really would love for you to participate and you will see that others do not just have Fall decorations. This is just for fun to see how many different ways we can decorate our containers. It also includes apothecary jars, birdcages and jars of all kinds. Just fun things that are fun to decorate. I really hope you join the party. Hugs, Marty

Linda said...

What a great collection of ideas! Love 'em - so cute and creative! Linda

Shelia said...

Hi and it's so nice to meet you! Oh, what wonderful crafts! I love the dryer vent pumpkin! You're so creative!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Sandy said...

Thanks for sharing your talent. You have some really great ideals.
My first visit and I really enjoyed myself.


The dryer tubing pumpkin is so great! I would like to try those with my two oldest granddaughters! They would love it. Thanks too for visitng me and leaving such a sweet comment.

Have a great weekend.


Yellow Rose Arbor said...

What cute fall projects! Thanks for sharing them, I want to try them!

I'm really behind with commenting! And I just did my post for the cloche party!


Tootsie said...

I am going to the hardware store this minute...wait..they aren't open yet....
okay when they open I'm making a dryer vent set!!!
what a fantastic idea you shared!!!

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

I love your crafty projects. I think I might have to try them out. And I love your fall decor. Thanks for visiting my cloche party post and leaving me a comment.

nannykim at spindle cottage said...

Love those great ideas; so cute--I will them on to my numero uno daughter!

Tootsie said...

OMG!!!! I did the dryer vent pumpkins!!!! I LOVE THEM!!!! THANKS FOR THE IDEA!!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

I LOVE the dryer vent pumpkins! I was looking for a fun project and will give these a try! Thank you for sharing the directions.


laurie @ bargain hunting said...

That dryer vent pumpkin is soooo cute, so smart, and so easy. Love it. laurie

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh what fun fall decorations -- how crafty you are!

Clueless_Mama said...

I love your FALL decorations!!! I love finding new things like this. Thanks for sharing the tips on making them.

Roseny Crisp said...

Obrigada pela visita seu blog é adorável.
Thanks for visiting your blog is lovely.

Kristen Andrews said...

those are some crafty ideas!

chili pepper said...


These are some great ideas. When we get back from our vacation each October, the air is crisp and the leaves are turning. One of the first things my girls and I do is turn our house into a fall surrounding complete with centerpieces and a bowl full of nuts. Little pumpkins and gourds and such. I look forward to trying some of your ideas out.

You have such a special way of incorporating those little touches to make a house into a special place to be. I would love for you to spend some time helping me transform some of our rooms.

Barb said...

Your dryer vent pumpkins are amazing!!
I saw them over at Tootsies, and hers turned out so cute too.
I sew and stuff my pumpkins, and they take quite a bit of time.
You can bet i will be trying these!!

thanks so much.
Now I'm off to see all your other wonderful ideas.

barbara jean

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

HI! Foudn you by way of Tootsie! LOVE those pumpkins! Easy enough, I am so going to do those. LOVE the dryer vent ones!

Wifeof1Momof4 said...

Great job! I am am "borrowing" quite a few of these for my home. I love pumpkins, but don't like that the real ones can be quite expensive.

These look so cute!!

ellie said...

Love those cookies. I think I saw them on Country Living a few years back. Those acorn ones are too cute love the almond slices. I see we both are lovers of Longaberger. happy fall to you.