Dear 10 minutes,
I am so glad you were well spent yesterday.
All 600 seconds of you.
Because I had a mantle without a banner and fall was in the air.
I was almost (this close) to pulling out the leg warmers from circa 1990 and adding lace to the top and going all Flashdance with my fall decorating.
Good thing I ran out of time.
In case you have an extra 10 minutes not used for putting your leg warmers on….
….here’s an easy DIY to make a wood block fall banner.
Step 1: Cut up old molding
Remember the time you added molding to a DIY project in your house and you kept all the pieces thinking that one day you would find a use for them?
Today is the day.
Simply cut molding or wood scraps into blocks.
Step 2: Paint the molding
I painted gray and brown acrylic paint (or some combination thereof) on the molding pieces.
Do not stress.
Just look at these pieces I painted to be reassured.
See all the brush strokes and the missed spots?
You are about to sand all that into perfection.
3. Sand pieces of molding
I told you it would work out.
Distressed and chippy and extra fall looking.
4. Screw in eye hooks
Add an eye hook to each piece of the wooden molding.
Make sure they are even on both sides.
Then hot glue on a chip board letter to each block to spell out a word or phrase.
5. Tie twine and hang
Tie a piece of twine to both sides of the blocks and hang them together.
Attach finished banner to the mantel.
Here’s an easier version.
Simply follow steps 1-3 and glue on the chipboard letters and place them on the mantel.
That would give you extra time…..
….just in case you thought about adding stirrup pants to your leg warmer ensemble.
Need a little more fall inspiration?
Here’s some more 10 minute decorating ideas from some of my friends: