Does anyone know what happened to September?
I think I blinked…..and missed it.
Yesterday I was grilling and applying sun screen and watching fireworks on the Fourth of July…..
….and today I’m putting on long sleeves and drinking hot chocolate with mini marshmallows and watching the Christmas decorations go on sale at Hobby Lobby.
And the thing is……I still have pages and pages (total pun intended) of fall projects to share.
So….I’m doubling up.
I’m showing how to make a book page garland…..and decorating the mantel on a budget.
Before October goes all double-digit on me.
This mantel started with one white pumpkin.
The tiny one on the very left.
It sat there for a week trying to decide what to do.
There were visions of grandeur that involved silver leafed vases with a monogram and pumpkins made out of chicken wire and spider webs cut out of barn wood.
But in the end….I just shopped the house….
…..and the pumpkin called a bunch of friends.
How to Decorate a Fall Mantel on a Budget
1. The wood piece came off of the house.
When we added the porch on the side of the house….this came off of the top of the arch….
….and onto the mantel.
2. The tags that make the garland were in a package left over from Easter.
I stuck them on a ribbon and then hung them off the mantel.
I’m going to stamp letters on them.
Or maybe not.
Then I can just leave the tags up there until Easter rolls around again.
3. The pumpkins are from the dollar store and yard sales.
I stacked them on milk glass.
(pumpkin milk glass hint: if your pumpkins are too small….you can always flip your milk glass upside down)
4. The branches are from the yard.
I spray painted them gray and added strands of book page garland.
Which leads me to the this……
How to Make a Book Page Garland
book pages (or I used book page scrapbook paper)
hemp cord or heavy twine
large eye needle
Step 1: Start by cutting out flowers
I just made up a five petal pattern.
You want to make sure you leave a little space between each of the petals so it will fold up more easily.
Cut out about 40.
You can cut out about 5 at a time.
Step 2: Fold up the edges of the flower
Crease each petal toward the center.
Step 3: Fold into a flower shape
Flip over the flower cut-out and fold into the shape of a flower.
Just gather the petals into the center and twist at the bottom.
Repeat for all the cut-out flower shapes.
Step 4: Tie a knot and thread the flowers
Make a knot at the end of your cord.
Thread the first flower and add a second stitch to keep in in place.
Repeat with the rest of the flowers until you have finished your garland.
This is what it looks like when you are finished and it’s hanging off your spray painted branches next to your pumpkin collection.
It only took an hour of The Godfather II to make one.
You are such a rock star.
PS Someone just came in here while I was writing this and asked me if they could put on pirate make-up.
I guess they got the October memo, too.