It’s Fall Y’all!!

I know, I know that phrase is sooooo overdone. But at least I didn’t say, and won’t, anything about pumpkin spice!!! Right?

Fall is definitely here and the weather is sooo beautiful. Time to do the front porch. Luuuuuv that I can enjoy it for 2 whole months.

So I have a confession……the flowers are from Micheals. I have a large yard and lots of beds to tend to in the Spring and Summer. By the time Fall arrives folks, I’m tired! I’m tired of planting, watering and tending. I just stick these in the pots and just like Halloween magic — poof! Flowers that don’t fade complain or get worn out. Gosh! I really feel better for getting that out in the open!! Had I known I would have fessed up earlier.

I’m too cheap to buy urns so I made them from a black mop bucket and desk accessory from Dollar Tree. The tutorial is posted below, scroll down.
Foyer — Welcome!!

Can we possibly say enough good things about Hobby Lobby and their selection of decorations? I agree — not possible!! BTW if you’re ever in OKC, OK go to their sample warehouse out by the airport.

I couldnt decide between this sign and the companion sign that had a orange background and said HARVEST. I got it out to the car and noticed, whaaaaaat???, the sign is reversible!!!!! I got both of them! Great HL trip.

Tea lights in hurricane candles look beautiful at night. I place a small white plate over the top of the candle to prevent rain from getting in.
Window wreaths I made of corn cobs and grapevine stars.

Banister trim. Found the boxwood vines at Hobby Lobby.

Dining room. See my post on Thanksgiving Table Runner DIY!

Now, how to construct the pumpkin topiary. I’ve always loved the three-tier topiaries and kick myself every year when they’re all gone. Because, of course, I would only buy them on clearance sale after the season is gone. And……so are they!

And of course they’re waterproof!

Start with the black bucket and desk accessory. These are from the Dollar Tree. Of course each were a $1. Woohoo, without saying. First, remove the handle.

You will also need a grapeview wreath and three faux pumpkins of graduated sizes and some other decorations of your liking. These little pumpkin lovelies are from, where else?…… Hobby Lobby. I personally love them becasue they look legit. I’m not into the ones that don’t have color variations and. Just. Plain. Orange. is a dead give-away they’re fake.

You will glue the wire pieces to the bottom of the buckets. You could also drill holes in the bottom of the bucket and use craft wire to attach the wire bowls to the bucket.

Drill holes into the sides of the bucket, or use the holes from where you removed the wire handle. Using craft wire attach the grapevine wreath to the top of the bucket. Be sure and get a wreath in a larger diameter than the top of the bucket so the spout will be covered. See below and see how the spout is covered by the wreath. Plus, it will be on the back side.

Remove the stems from all but the top pumpkin. Next using hot glue place the pumpkins on top of each other, securing well. I added magnolia leaves and raffia. You can go as crazy as you like or as simple as you like. Keep in mind the outdoor elements can affect any decorations you add. Yep I need to get a porch cover….. add it to the list.

Voila! Happy Fall y’all! Now….. go get yourself a pumpkin spice latte!! You earned it! πŸ˜‚ (sorry…… couldn’t resist!)

Take care and stay tuned for the next poject!


Follow me on Instagram at eastofwaco

Author: Jennifer Stambek-Stephens

I am one of those people that has spent their adult life saying "How hard can it be????". If you combine that with a frugalness, that is exceeded only by my younger daughter, you have a combination that is often very successful but not without its 'ooops' moments. ;-) I've never wanted to spend the money to hire a professional so I learned how to do things myself. I wanted crown molding, too expensive, so I learned how to do it. Same thing with building, landscaping, painting, lighting, sewing, yada yada -- you get where I'm going with this I'm sure. :-) I have the tools and the experience for so many projects. Through this site I am sharing my skills and lessons learned to help others develop that "How hard can it be??" spirit in your home. If you want it, have been dreaming about, lusting after your friends version, posted a million posts of it to your Pinterest board --let's make it happen and within your budget. I'm a decorator AND the creator -- no middleman markup. I'm running out of projects in my house, (short of building an addition!) so lets get to work on yours! Whether it's slipcovers, new window treatments, making that dining room table look like it DID come from RH or helping you develop your own style I would be thrilled and honored to assist!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: