Friday, October 24, 2014

DIY: Fall Rake Decor

diy: fake rake decor


I'm really excited to share this ridiculously, super-duper and EASY post with you today! Seriously, I think the hardest part of this whole project was painting the word "harvest" on the sign, and you could definitely use a stencil to make this part a cinch. Plus, do you remember my inspiration post a few weeks back about using corn decor? I am happy to say that I found a use for a few cobs to use in my fall decor. Yay! 

So, here are the supplies and tools you will need:


diy: fake rake decor


First, roll down the husks on all of your corn cobs. You can use any number of cobs that you would like for this project. I choose to use six since they fit on my rake the best. Then, grab your rake and using your twisted rope tie one corn cob (with the husk facing down towards the handle of the rake) to the rake. At first I was a little worried that my rope would really look awkward if I used to much of it, but thankfully it can easily be covered up using your artificial flowers. So, don't worry about what it looks like at this point. Just tie your corn cob onto your rake as securely as possible.


diy: fake rake decor


Don't have a rake on hand to use? Search for a vintage or upcycle one from your local thrift shop. 


diy: fake rake decor


As you can see in the below picture I found that each cob only needed to be wrapped with my rope a few times.

Side note: I've had my fall rake on my front porch for the past few weeks, and the rope hasn't let me down with this method :)


diy: fake rake decor


diy: fake rake decor


Next, randomly stick your artificial flowers in between, in front and behind your corn cobs. I don't have an exact method for this madness so I would suggest just trying what looks best to you. The beauty of artificial flowers is that they can be twisted, turned and manipulated into the position of your choosing. Use this to your advantage!


diy: fake rake decor


Then, with a scrap of wood for your sign, drill two small holes into the top left and right corners. Slip your twisted rope into one hole and tie a knot. Next, place your sign onto your rake to see how long you would like your sign to hang. After this has been determined go ahead and cut the correct length of the rope and put the final knot into the second hole.

As I stated before, the hardest part (which I really don't think was that hard ;) was hand painting the word "harvest" onto the sign. If hand painting is not your forte don't fret, just use a stencil. This will make it a hundred times easier, or you could even forego the sign altogether. 


diy: fake rake decor


Last, enjoy this beautiful masterpiece that you have created! See, wasn't that suppppperrrr easy? 


diy: fake rake decor


diy: fake rake decor


diy: fake rake decor


You can put this rake just about anywhere to welcome any guests that you have coming over to your home, or just put it up for you and your family. Either way, it'll definitely be a great addition to your fall decor! 

Side note: I left my rake out in the rain one day just to see how it would hold up. It didn't fall apart, but I don't recommend having it directly in a location where all of the elements could potentially wreck havoc on it day after day. One or two days would probably be fine, but that's probably about it. Just my observation!


diy: fake rake decor


diy: fake rake decor


Have you ever put together a fall rake decoration? If so, tell me about it! I'd love to see other inspirational ideas!




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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Home Update: Ava's Room

Slowly but surely I have been updating Miss Ava's room, but it has been a long and tedious process. Originally Mike and I decided that we would just keep it simple with white walls and the creamish color carpet so we could decorate it any which way you could possibly think. However, Ava had other plans. Recently she made a new friend down the street, and her room is head to toe in pink. Yowzers! Well, as you can imagine Ava obviously wanted the same thing, but with more "princess" qualities. 

Here's just a quick reminder of what her room looked like prior to us even moving into our home in June. 


bedroom home improvement


bedroom home improvement


bedroom home improvement


So, what do you do when your three year old demands a paint change? Well, what can I say? I gave in, and decided to girl-ify and pretty it up a bit. I seem to have just about every color known to man in my paint closet, but the pink I normally use was just a little too much! I decided to tone it down a bit so we didn't feel like we were getting lost in an enormous room of cotton candy.


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Prior to painting her walls pink I actually thought it would be better to do a mural on her ceiling, but the white walls were just not cutting on it. 


bedroom home improvement


After I had painted all of her walls Pepto-Bismal Pink (as Mike calls it!) I got on Etsy, and found a few Disney princess printables to add just a touch of princess. It was great package if you're interested in doing something similar for your little girl's room. It was a package of 12 princess silhouettes for $5. Not bad right? Check out Small World Printables Etsy shop here

I picked Ava's top four faves (L to R): Princess Merida (Brave), Cinderella, Rapunzel (Tangled) and Sleeping Beauty


Disney Princess Silhouette Printables


Disney Princess Silhouette Printable


If you remember my new product from Monday I revealed this gorgeous, reclaimed wood shield that is now in our Etsy shop, AND it just so happens to reside in Ava's updated room. I couldn't be happier with how well the two meld together, and really balance each other out. 


bedroom home improvement


bedroom home improvement


I leave you with this unfortunate ceiling disaster. I'm bound and determined to do a "Tangled"-like mural on her ceiling, but holy cow, painting a ceiling is a completely different playing field then I have ever dealt with. I might just have to break out some stencils because I'm having a rough time getting my proportions correct looking at everything upside down. 

I'll definitely keep you updated, and hopefully have an easy tutorial so you can accomplish this to! :)


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