September 5, 2011

Early Signs of Fall

I really wanted to say “It’s Fall Ya’ll” but I’ll save that for another postWinking smile.

I’ve noticed how some folks are getting out a few of their fall decorations so I decided to jump on the bandwagon and do a little early fall decorating myself.      So during the Auburn – Utah State game Saturday, I rounded up some items I had on hand to make a “Fall” banner.    Have you seen some of the banners made out of burlap?   Gosh, I just love all of them!    In fact, I’m planning on making some additional ones as the holidays approach.

Here’s how I made my Fall banner….so easy even a caveman could do it!   (I just had to say that)!

Got a piece of construction paper and made a template.    I just took a ruler and drew out a triangle shape from corner to corner  down to the bottom of the paper

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Here’s it is cut out…I’ll keep the template on hand for future banner making

 

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I just laid out the template on my burlap and cut out four triangles

Then I took my letter stencils and black stencil paint and stenciled the letter onto each triangle (sorry no photos of that….Auburn was in a neck to neck battle and I kept having to stop and cheer on my team)….

Anyhoo….after it was all said and done, here’s what I ended up with.   

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Please note my mantle is NOT styled or decorated at all…..I’m waiting on just the right moment to convince hubby to get the fall decorations out of the attic!     I’ll be adding a lighted fall garland and some  gourds, pine cones and fall picks to the mantel

The only thing I will do different when I make another banner is to not use hot glue to adhere the burlap onto the jute.    It was very messy and my fingers took a beating….I was too lazy to get out my sewing machine to zig zag the jute rope to the triangle.    I just folded over a little of the top of the banner with the jute rope tucked into the fold and hot glued it down.

 

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I hate that brick on my fireplace!!   When I repaint the den I plan on having the brick painted too.     Also, I’m either going to have the chair rail removed or painted out too…..this house was build in the 80’s when all that stuff was the “in” thing to do.    I wonder how painting the brick will hold up to fires in the fireplace?     I’m sure we’ll have to use some special kind of paint but if you have any experience painting fireplace brick, I’d love to know what you used and if it worked.

We had a lazy Labor Day weekend….Sunday and Monday it rained off and on, and we desperately needed that rain.    We went out for lunch on Labor Day and then hubby slept most of the afternoon on the sofa while I watched a “Housewives” marathon….I’m hooked on the Housewives of New Jersey, Orange County and Beverly Hills!   

Next weekend, the 12th, is my birthday!    It’s a big one too, but I’m not saying HOW big!    We’re going to Birmingham on Saturday to eat at The Club (emphasis on “The” is how it’s pronounced) with my sister and her husband.    

Ya’ll have a great week!

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18 comments:

Simply LKJ said...

The banner is darling! I am ready for fall too, but we are trying to finish up the basement before I start anything else!! So glad we finally got rain too.

Diana @ Our Vintage Home Love said...

I LOVE that!!! Have a great week!

Laura said...

love the banner! So simple, but so cute! I'm working on my hubby to get stuff from the attic too. Maybe now that it's less than 100 degrees, he might be more willing to venture up there!

Cheri said...

Love the banner!!! See...us women can multi task with crafting and watching a game...love it.

Our daughters got us hooked on Sons of Anarchy...I know...not a show for everyone and hubby and I had a marathon Monday trying to get caught up before the new season starting tonight.

Amy Kinser said...

Your banner looks great and mantel so very pretty. Eager to get started with a few fall decorations myself.

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

What a cute idea, and I just love the burlap! I may have to give this a try, thanks.

Theresa said...

I love your banner, I have been thinking about making one for the fall as well. Thanks for the Infor on how to do it!
I am ready for fall!

My House, My Garden said...

Judy,
Your banner is awesome! God, I wish I was more crafty. Have you started working on the chair yet? I have one also that is very similar that was my grandmother's. You gave me a good idea for it!

We had our first cool weather (64 this morning and 91 today) LOL.
It was heaven.

Becca said...

Judy, you did a superb job on your banner! It truly looks wonderful and is the perfect compliment to your beautiful mantel ... I know your daughter will enjoy hers, as well. Thanks for the great tips, too! xo

Jessica said...

Very Cute! I love it and I LOVE easy. Thanks for sharing!! Jessica@ www.paintinmyhair.blogspot.com

Hydrangeas and Harmony said...

I really like the burlap for fall---such a cute garland!

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faithful love said...

Have you thought about a beige wash on your bricks?
I think the style is nice, but changing to beige tones and a few darker brown would look great! If you have extras try it out...water down an acrylic paint, or try a concrete stain or paint...but if you just water it to a wash consistency it will still have a rustic appeal, versus a solid color...that will be boring...it's a beautiful wall...then paint the walls a beige tone using one of the severals from the brick paints....just a thought....

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