Ok, I don’t think it’s officially fall yet, but who cares?Ā Not I.

Oh yes I did put a pumpkin on my porch before Labor Day.

You may have read my article over at SheKnows about fall and Halloween decorating, but I wanted to add a few more details and share more pictures here šŸ™‚

This year I got started early (I’m starting to realize this is how it’s done in blogland…no one wants decorating inspiration 1 week before a holiday or season, you gotta prepare for this stuff!), fortunately all the craft stores are at least 4 months ahead of the actual season which meant I had no trouble finding what I wanted-namely faux pumpkins. I decided to go with a mixed metallics theme, and this guy was seriously clashing.

I picked up that squatty neon one from Joann’s with a coupon, and a matte black taller pumpkin from A.C. Moore. Holy-crap-that’s-orange got a makeover with some white semi-gloss paint.

His tall, dark, and handsome friend got a few coats of chalkboard paint. And a monogram. Come on, you know I had to do it.

You’ll also notice that, as usual, my porch stairs are dirty. In hindsight maybe dark brown wasn’t a good call for the stain. In any case, I lucked out this year with an all access pass to some grapevine at my neighbor’s house. She’s been on a mission for months to cut it down off the power lines- which left nice dry vines for me to make an archway with. It’s held up with some command hooks and safety pins. Super high tech.

Inside I cleared the tall dresser in the foyer and whipped out every fall piece of decor I owned. I was surprised actually at how much I’ve collected or made over the years.

I can’t wait to get my hands on some real bittersweet (the berries are yellow right now, almost!!!!)

After going through everything, I was pretty happy with my arrangement and the fact that I didn’t really need to buy anything else besides the pumpkins. But really, nothing is complete without bunting. I’m slowly starting to understand this thanks to my friend Amy (also known as The Bunting Master). She basically invented it. Because I am terrible with scissors (really, like a 5 year old) and paper crafts in general, I recruited her to help me with this project. I knew two things: I wanted bunting, and it should be chalkboard-ish. Those were really the only requirements.

We were cruising A.C. Moore and stumbled across one of those 6×6 scrapbook paper packs (the kind with coordinating paper in the form of a note pad). It was kind of Halloweeny-but mostly just cool patterns that included black, white, and orange. Perfect! I had been pondering a way to add little chalkboards to each piece, and decided to try those foam sheets in the children’s craft area (they have pre-cut shapes, but we just got 4 sheets of black 8 1/2″ x 11″).

I had planned on using twine to hold all the pieces together, but on the way to the register there was a bin of $1 lace ribbon. Sold.

Honestly, I had no idea if the chalkboard paint would work on the foam, but there was only one way to find out. Amy used her paper slicer to cut the foam into rectangles and I took them outside to paint them. Then she cut the scrap book paper a little larger. I really wanted rectangle bunting, despite the fact that it’s a bit non-traditional.

After 3 coats of chalkboard paint, I primed the foam pieces by rubbing chalk all over and then wiping them off (standard directions). A little hot glue adhered them to the patterned paper. I previously decided on two phrases that would fit in 11 characters: “Happy Fall” and “Halloween”. Each piece was hot glued onto the lace ribbon and lettered.

So cute!!! I’m so glad the ribbon jumped out at us. It totally looks better than twine (and I love twine). Oops, I almost forgot one of my favorite fall items! How tragic that would have been. I love my paint chip garland, made last year, and it gets prime real estate in the dining room.

That’s how things are looking around here. How are you decorating for fall? Are you as eager as I am?

6 Responses

  1. Danielle

    I love all of your ideas! Your dining room walls have my all time favorite pattern on them! Did you use a stencil? And what is the paint color you used?? I want to do this at the end of my hall or on one dining room wall!

    • rachaelevans

      Danielle- Yes I used “Casablanca” from Cutting Edge Stencils. The pre-existing wall color is Burnished Clay by Behr (it’s in the Ultra section). I used metallic craft paint from Michaels to do the stencil (Folk Art brand I think), I believe it was white pearl or silver pearl. Hope that helps!

      • Danielle

        Thanks so much! I can’t wait to do it in my house! Now I just need to pick a wall!

  2. Tyler J. McCall

    Eek! I love all of this!!! Who knew chalkboard paint would work on foam board – so clever!

    Did you use a stamp or punch to cut your paint chips for the garland or did you do it by hand?

    • Rachael Evans

      Thank you Tyler!! I have a flower-like punch that I used for the garland…I think I got it at A.C. Moore for pretty cheap with a coupon. They have all kinds of shapes for us old school people. I guess you can cut out pretty much anything with those fancy machines like the Cricut and Silhouette. That’s way too high tech for me though haha!


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