Fall Printables: It’s Fall Y’all!

Printables are my favorite quick & easy way to decorate for different seasons, so in honor of autumn, here’s a free printable!

You can download the printable in either orange or red (just click on the one you like below to download). For best results, print it on high quality card stock.

{download orange fall printable here}

 

{download orange fall printable here}

 

Enjoy!

(Printables are for personal, non-commercial use only. )

 

I’m sharing these with: Tip Junkie, Happy Hour & Patches of Pink.

Easy Fall Decorations

Decorating for fall is so fun, but with the holidays right around the corner, it’s important that the decorations be easy and inexpensive! Here are 2 super quick (and cheap!) fall decorating ideas:

1. As the weather starts to turn (OK, not so much here in Florida, but surely the weather is getting cooler somewhere!), take advantage of some of those bare branches on your trees by cutting off some of the larger sticks and stick them in a cute vase for a super easy decoration.

2. Next time you’re at the craft store, grab some cloth stem wire (it can be found in the floral section – or maybe you have some left over after making your book pumpkin ūüôā )¬† and a package of¬† natural looking decorative filler (the kind used for filling vases & such).

Just hot glue the filler balls onto the ends of the wires, display in a fun vase, and you’ve got a super easy fall “floral” arrangement!

Pumpkin Decorations Made from Recycled Books

Have a bunch of old books laying around? Give them a new life by creating unique pumpkins, perfect for autumn and Halloween decorations!

This is a great way to give new life to books that are falling apart, torn, missing covers or pages, or would have otherwise been thrown away. The books I used¬† were given to me by others who did not want them anymore and were planning on throwing them away – it was a little tough to cut up a book, but I feel pretty good about making something beautiful and useful out of them, and saving them from a landfill! ūüôā

There a a few different techniques that you can use to color the pumpkins, depending on how color-saturated you want them (and how much time you want to spend creating them ).

MATERIALS

Old paperback books

Sticks

Orange ink pad

Orange acrylic paint

Large mixing bowl

Exacto knife

Hot glue & glue gun

Sheet of paper

Scissors

Green felt

Brown Cloth Stem Wire (can be found in the floral section of any craft store)

DIRECTIONS

On a blank sheet of paper, draw and cut out a pumpkin shape (keeping in mind the size of the book you will be using and that the book will need to be able to stand up, so don’t make the bottom completely rounded).¬† Pull the front & back cover off the book. Open the book¬† to about halfway through, and then trace the shape onto the book pages. Use an Exacto knife to cut out the pumpkin (you may have work your way through the book doing this, cutting several pages at a time).

 

 

Once your pumpkin shape is cut out, it’s time to give it some color! Decide which method you want to use (if you’re making more than one, you may want to try a different method of adding color for each one):

Rub the edges with an orange stamp pad. This is by far the quickest, easiest and least messy method, but it just gives the edges color, so a lot of white will still show through.

Dip the edges in orange paint. Water down orange acrylic paint to dilute it and put it in a large mixing bowl or other container. Test the orange color by dipping a sheet of paper in – add more water or orange paint to make it the color you like. Then, just close the book and dip the cut edges in. You can dip as little or as much as you’d like – the deeper and/or longer the book gets dipped in the paint, the further the color will soak up into the pages. If you want the book pages to be entirely orange-tinted, dip the whole book in the paint (this produces a really cute look, but it took almost 2 days to dry completely!).

 

Once the book pumpkins are are completely dry, it’s time to make the stems and leaves that will attach to the top. Cut out a few leaf shapes from green felt and hot glue a small length of the stem wire to the back of each.¬† Use some more of the wire to create little curly spirals that will also stick out of the top of the pumpkin by wrapping it around a pen or pencil, then just sliding it off.

Open the book so that the first and last pages and the core of the spine¬† are facing up.¬† Use the hot glue gun to glue a stick (the stem), along with the base of the wire “curlies” and the leaf¬† into the top of the spine of the book. Zig-zag hot glue all the way down the spine, then just open the book completely so the pages are all spread out.

 

 

Once the hot glue dries, the pumpkins are done!

 

 

 

 

I’m linking this tutorial up to: Tip Me Tuesday,¬† Patches of Pink,¬† Happy Hour,¬† Sundae Shake Up & Everything Under the Moon.

Fall Wreath with Felt Rosettes

Get into the spirit of fall with a unique and handcrafted wreath in warm autumn colors! This fall wreath is super easy and very inexpensive to make – I purchased everything to make this wreath for under $10!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MATERIALS:

  • Grapevine wreath
  • Felt (in various colors – use any colors you’d like for your flowers)
  • Hot glue gun & hot glue
  • Double stick tape
  • Fall berry picks {optional}

DIRECTIONS:

Download and print out the Rosette Template. Use the template to cut the “swirl” shapes out of your felt (you can adjust the size of your swirl to create larger or smaller rosettes).

Start at the end and roll it. The tighter you roll it up, the smaller the rosette will be; if it is rolled more loosely, the rosette will end up larger. Once the flower was almost completely rolled, I used a little double stick tape to keep it rolled up (double stick tape is great because you can take it off if you need to adjust your flower and then just stick it back on). Then I finished rolling it up by putting the end on top of the tape, and the whole rosette stays together and keeps its shape.

{Optional}

To make multi-colored rosettes, like the one below, just attach two or three different colors together with hot glue to make the swirl pattern. The just roll it up like the other rosettes!

Make as many or as few rosettes as you’d like. Then just arrange how you’d like them on the grapevine wreath and secure them with hot glue. You can decorate the entire wreath with the flowers, or use other fall decorations – I used 5 sprigs of fall berries (I just stuck them right into the wreath!).

I’m linking this tutorial up to: Tip Me Tuesday, Patches of Pink & Whipperberry

Magnetic Wall

Transform a blank wall into a fun and decorative place to showcase your child’s masterpieces by making a magnetic wall!

It’s so simple – just paint the desired wall with magnetic paint (which you can find at any craft store or home improvement store), and then paint the wall whatever color you’d like with regular wall paint. The wall will now be magnetic, and you can stick anything to it with magnets! You can really dress it up by hanging empty frames on the wall, and designating each child a frame of their own to hang school work, art work, etc. And because it just uses magnets, it is super simple to change out the displays as often as you’d like!

This idea is fun because it’s so customizable –¬† it will look adorable in any room of the house, and you can paint the wall and the frames to match any decor. From simple and modern to eclectic and funky, this is a fun way to feature your children’s work as a part of your home decor!

Back to School Teacher Gift Basket with Free Printable

Create an unforgettable gift basket for your child’s new teacher this school year! Get a basket, lunchbox or a supply caddy,¬† and fill it with goodies for your teacher (see below). Print out and cut the free teacher gift basket printable, then use cute ribbon, twine, or raffia to attach each of the labels as follows:

  • Highlighters – “You are the HIGHLIGHT of my day!”
  • Scissors – “You are a CUT above the rest!”
  • Mints – “You are MINT to be my teacher!”
  • Tape (or Post-It notes) – “The lessons you teach me will STICK with me forever!”
  • Chalk – “CHALK one up for my awesome new teacher!”
  • Gum – “I CHEWS you to be my teacher!”
  • Glue – “You’re the GLUE that holds our class together!”
  • Hershey’s Hugs – “You deserve lots of HUGS!”

Attach the “For my new teacher” label to your basket, and you’ve got a fun, memorable, and useful gift for your child’s new teacher!

 DOWNLOAD FREE PRINTABLE HERE

 

 

Back to School Printable: “Looking Forward to a Sweet Year!”

Here’s a cute, easy (and delicious!) back to school gift for teachers. Just download our free printable, print it out (high quality card stock works best), and wrap it around a large Hershey’s Chocolate Bar. Secure it on the candy bar with a little tape, and your gift is ready to go!

Since this is so simple and inexpensive, it makes a great gift for everyone from teachers to principals to art, music, and P.E. teachers, or anyone else in school!

DOWNLOAD FREE PRINTABLE HERE

 

Pencil Cup: Back to School Teacher Gift

Brighten your new teacher’s first day of school with this colorful pencil cup! This back to school gift is quick, easy and inexpensive to make, and is sure to be a hit with teachers!

You can make this cup using colored pencils or crayons; either way, it makes an adorable and unique (not to mention useful) gift for children to give their new teacher at the beginning of the school year. You can even fill it with pens, pencils, or other supplies that teachers use!

 

This is really a simple project; start by choosing either colored pencils or crayons to create the cup. You’ll need a can – the size of the can depends on whether you use crayons or colored pencils.

For the colored pencils cup, I used a tall 28 ounce can (from baked beans; spaghetti sauce also comes in cans this size). Using this size can, I needed 4 boxes of colored pencils (each box contained 12 pencils) to cover the circumference of the can.

Alternatively, for the crayon cup, I used a short 16 ounce can (also from baked beans). Using this can, I used 2 boxes of crayons (each box contained 24 crayons, and I had a few left over).

After you have your can selected, open it, pour out the contents, peel off the label, and wash and dry the can well.

Next, line up the crayons or colored pencils according to the color spectrum, and begin hot gluing them to the can, working around until the can is covered. You can tie a brightly colored ribbon around it, or jest leave it as it is. You may even want to fill the can with candies, pens, pencils, or other supplies for the teacher.

Voila! You have a unique, handmade gift that teacher will love to use!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beaded Safety Pin Bracelet

This updated version is a twist on the classic safety pin bracelet with a variety of decorative beads that really dress up the bracelet and will have everyone in disbelief that it’s made out of safety pins!

It’s easy to customize this bracelet for any occasion; use your favorite color scheme or create a bracelet with school colors, team colors, or holiday colors. They are great as gifts, and would even be a fun activity for slumber parties!

It’s easier than you think to create your own custom jewelry with supplies you probably have laying around the house!

Materials:

  • Safety pins – 1″ (you will need quite a few; I used 84 in my bracelet)
  • Head pins (I used 50)
  • Seed beads
  • Larger beads, any color/shape/size you’d like to embellish your bracelet
  • Elastic beading cord
  • Needle-nosed pliers
  • Pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Scissors

 

Directions:

Slide 2-3 of your decorative beads onto each head pin.

Use needle nosed pliers to twist the end of the head pin into a loop.

Use the pliers to hold the loop you just created, and with another pair of pliers (or your fingers) start wrapping the end of the wire around the wire below the loop (wrap 2-3 times).

If you have extra wire sticking out after wrapping, use the wire cutters to trim it off. Use the pliers to pinch the wire you just cut so that there is not a rough end sticking out.

I made 50 of these using different sizes and colors of beads. These are what will decorate and dress up your bracelet – you can even add charms if you’d like!

Slide seed beads on to safety pins.

Divide your beaded safety pins into two equal groups – set one half aside, and the other half will be used for adding decorative beads in the steps below.

Slide your beaded head pins on to the remaining half of the safety pins. I slid two beaded head pins on some, and just one on others;  this is what sets your bracelet apart and makes it unique Рmake it your own, have fun, and add beads in any way that you like.

With the pliers, clamp the head of the pin (the part where the pin opens and closes). You want each safety pin to be securely clamped closed, so it will not open up while your wearing it. Some use glue on their safety pins to keep them closed, but I find that clamping it with the pliers is quicker, easier, less messy, and looks better.

Cut two pieces of elastic beading cord, 10″-12″ long each. Make a knot at one end of each cord.

Now,it’s time to string your safety pins: put one of the strings through the head of a pin, and one through the bottom of the pin. For the next pin, reverse it, so that the bottom is facing up and the head is down (of course, make sure that the beaded side of the safety pin is always facing out). Continue stringing your beads, alternating each one – top, bottom, top, bottom, etc.

For my bracelet, I also alternated a pin with just seed beads, then a pin with the extra beads, and so on.

 

Once all of the safety pins have been strung onto the elastic, it’s time to tie off the ends. Before tying it, check to make sure it will be the size you want but carefully wrapping it around your wrist (I like mine to be a little loose like a bracelet, while others prefer it more snug like a cuff).

 

To finish your bracelet, tie the top elastic cord by gently pulling it (not too tight, or it will change the size of the bracelet) and securely knotting it. Do the same with the bottom cord.

Slip it on to make sure it’s the size you want. Cut off any extra cord, and your bracelet is complete!

 

 

Newspaper Flowers

Recycle old newspapers to create these fun & original flowers!

Each sheet of newspaper can make multiple flowers, which you can use as a unique and eco-friendly way to decorate cards, and embellish any plain gift bags or wrapped gifts!

 

Materials:

-Flower template {download template here}

-Old newspapers

-Toothpick

-Paint (watercolor or acrylic, depending on your desired look)

-Scissors

-Paintbrush

-Small decorative brads

-Pen or pencil

-Optional: Spray starch (to make more stiff)

 

Directions:

Download and print out the flower template. Cut out each flower from the template page and use a toothpick to punch a small hole in the center of each flower.

Choose the newspaper pages that will become your flowers – try to choose pages that have a lot of text and few pictures (and you’ll probably want to avoid the obituaries).

Painting Option 1 – Acrylic Paint

This method will result in more coverage; acrylic paint is thicker, so you won’t see as much newsprint¬† through the paint.

Choose your desired color(s) of acrylic paint – the flowers I created for this tutorial used 3 colors of paint. Use as few or as many colors as you’d like, and experiment with different color combinations for different looks.

Using acrylic paint will yield the look  in the picture below:

Painting Option 2 – Watercolor

Using watercolor paint gives a tint of color to the newspaper, and allows all of the newsprint to show through. I’ve found that when using watercolors for this project, it looks better to stick to just one color on a page.

Using watercolor on the newspaper will produce the look in the picture below:

 

Paint one side of the newspaper, using any painting technique you like – I randomly painted different areas with each color, and then did a little dry brushing on top. Allow paint to dry completely.

Turn the newspaper over (painted side down), and trace each of the flowers cut out from the template. Be sure to mark the center of each flower.

Cut out the flower shapes. Use a toothpick to gently poke a small hole through the marked center of each flower.

Gently “crumble” each flower.

Open each flower up, being careful not to tear the paper. Put the brad through the hole in the center, starting with the smallest flower, and working up to the largest flower.

Secure the flower by opening the brad in the back.

Optional: you can spray your finished flowers with spray starch to stiffen the paper and help the flower hold it’s shape.

Each sheet of newspaper should be able to make several flowers – have fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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