Last week was a crazy week, with all of the fall home tours, but today is a new day and it’s all about the Thrifty Style Team. I shared my fall home tour last week but I’m not quite through sharing all my fall decor. Today I thought I’d share this quick and easy fall centerpiece that I made with a thrifted antique mirror. 

Make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom to check out all of the Thrifty Style Team projects.

A quick and easy fall centerpiece made with an antique mirror and wood feet. An inexpensive way to add fall color and style to your table.

I’d like to tell you that I put hours of thought into this one but…nope.  This one just came about by accident. The hubs took me estate sale(ing) over the weekend for my birthday and I found this cool antique mirror for just a couple of bucks. Love a good deal!

A simple fall centerpiece made with an antique mirror and wood feet. An inexpensive way to add fall color and style to your table.

I brought it home and placed it on the kitchen table to keep it safe.

Trying to clean up the kitchen island (a never ending process) I moved all of my pumpkins on to the mirror. 

That was all it took. An idea was born…

I didn’t have time for a big project so I decided to tweak the mirror to see if my idea worked. It did need a little stability to keep it level so I picked up a pack of wood feet (candle cups) from the craft store to make feet (my only purchase). 

Easy fall centerpiece with pumpkins

I didn’t like the natural color of the “feet”, so I used some dark walnut stain I had in my stash. Not quite the look I was going for either, so I pulled out my gold Rub ‘n Buff and…well…rubbed it on. I loved the aged brass look from the stain and the gold. 

A simple fall centerpiece with an antique mirror and candle cups.

Next I added a small piece of velcro to each “foot”. I’ll probably hang the mirror at some point, which is why I bought it, so the legs are only temporary. I did consider adding handles but decided that they really weren’t necessary. After all, this is supposed to be a quick project. Who needs handles? 😉

fall centerpiece velcro and candle cup

The only thing left to do was to arrange the pumpkins. Easy fall centerpiece in a jiffy, and for just a few dollars. Not something you’ll find on everyone’s table, but it fits right in here at the cottage. 

A quick and simple fall centerpiece made with an antique mirror and wood feet. An inexpensive way to add fall color and style to your table.

A simple fall centerpiece made with an antique mirror and wood feet. A quick and inexpensive way to add fall color and style to your table.

A simple fall centerpiece made with an antique mirror, wood feet and lots of pumpkins. A quick and inexpensive way to add fall color and style to your table.

An easy and simple fall centerpiece made with an antique mirror, wood feet and lots of pumpkins. A quick and inexpensive way to add fall color and style to your table.


Now it’s time to see what the other ladies of the Thrifty Style Team are up to this month. It’s always so much fun checking out all of their creative thrifty finds. 

Create a simple fall centerpiece with a thrifted antique mirror, wood feet and lots of pumpkins.

 

 

 

I’ve been feeling craft lately and also made an easy hoop front door wreath (complete with video!). You can check it out here.

Create a simple fall hoop wreath for your front door with just a few supplies. Plus there's a video.Simple DIY Fall Front Door Wreath

 

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If you’ve been hanging around here for a while, then you know that every season I whip up an easy DIY wreath for our front door. I don’t want to disappoint, so we’re continuing the tradition with a simple fall front door wreath. I also made a video so make sure you check it out at the end of the post, along with the winner of the velvet pumpkin trio.

A simple DIY fall front door wreath made with an embroidery hoop and faux flowers.

I’ve had a love affair with my hanging basket for the past several seasons (you can see some of my creations here and here). This time I thought I’d ditch the basket and really change it up with something that is very simple in design.

Not only is the design simple but it was also very easy to make, with just a few supplies. Perfect for me because I get distracted easily if I’m doing anything complicated.

So let’s get right to the supply list and how-to.

Supplies to create a simple fall front door wreath

  • embroidery hoop (I used a 14″)
  • wood stain (I used dark walnut)
  • foam brush
  • faux sunflowers (or any fall flower)
  • wheat bunch (I used blackbeard wheat)
  • floral wire
  • wire cutters
  • feathers (optional – I chose not to use them in the tutorial)

Create a simple DIY fall front door wreath with an embroidery hoop, wheat and faux flowers.

To start my wreath, I separated the 2 pieces of embroidery hoop. I was going to use the inner hoop but the sticker left a residue and I couldn’t remove it. 

Next, I stained the hoop. I wanted to warm up the wood so I chose my favorite color, dark walnut. 

Create a simple DIY fall front door wreath with a stained embroidery hoop, wheat and faux flowers.

After the stain dried, I started assembling my wreath.

Using an embroidery hoop to create a simple DIY fall front door wreath.

The wheat stems were pretty long so I used my floral clippers to cut some of the length. I didn’t count how much was in each bunch, I just eyeballed it. Remember, we’re keeping it simple.

I split the wheat in half so both ends of the wheat had “flowers”. 

Next I took two pieces of the floral wire and tied the wheat together. 

Using wheat to create a simple DIY fall front door wreath.

Adding tied wheat to an embroidery hoop to create a simple DIY fall front door wreath.

After I tied the wheat together, I took 2 more pieces of wire and attached it to the hoop. 

Attaching wheat to an embroidery hoop with floral wire to create a simple DIY fall front door wreath.

Are you still with me?

Now it was time to add the sunflowers. First, I cut each one down so that the stems were short. Then I wrapped a long piece of floral wire around the stem. 

Attaching sunflowers to an embroidery hoop with floral wire to create a simple DIY fall front door wreath.

After I wired all 3 flowers, I attached them on top of the wheat and around the hoop. 

Attaching wheat and sunflowers to an embroidery hoop with floral wire to create a simple DIY fall front door wreath.

I go into most projects with an idea of what I want to do, but I’m never really sure how it’s going to look until I’m done. This one came out a bit different but I liked the asymmetrical look so I decided to hang it that way.

Not an easy thing to do. Well, once we figured it out it was easy to hang but it took us a few tries to get it right.

Since I couldn’t use a traditional wreath hanger, I went with my old standby…jute twine. 2 pieces to get this simple fall front door wreath to hang just so.

I didn’t use the feathers in my tutorial but just stuck them in by the sunflowers to see how they looked. I actually liked it better without.

Not my usual front door decor, but it’s a nice change.

I’ve decorated the front porch for fall and I can’t wait to share it with you. It has turned out to be my favorite space in the cottage to decorate for fall.

How’s your fall decorating coming along?


Want to see my quick how-to? Check out the video. 

A super simple DIY fall front door wreath that you can make in no time with an embroidery hoop, faux sunflowers and wheat.

I’ve also decorated the cottage simply this year. You can check out my whole house fall tour, here

Welcome Fall Home Tour

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I try to decorate our front door according to the seasons and holidays but sometimes it doesn’t happen. Just last month I wanted to change the spring front door basket for something patriotic for Memorial Day and never got around to it.

I wasn’t going to let the 4th of July come and go without some red, white and blue on the front door so I decided to do an easy American flag display using my trusty hanging basket. 

Add a bit of red, white and blue to your front door with this easy American flag display using a hanging basket, floral foam and flags.

This is a quick and easy craft (typical for me) and it only cost $1 a piece for 14 flags. 

Supplies for American Flag Display for the Front Door

  • hanging basket (World Market)
  • floral foam
  • 13, 12×18 American flags (I got mine at Walmart)
  • utility knife

Add a bit of patriotic flair to your front door with this easy American flag display using a hanging basket, floral foam and flags.

As always, with the crafts I do, I went into this without a plan. I started by placing the flags here and there in the basket to see what I wanted to do. Once I took a look, I decided that I wanted to place them at different levels so you could see them all. In order to do that, I had to cut down the sticks of a few of the flags. 

Add a bit of red, white and blue to your front door with this quick and easy American flag display using a hanging basket and flags.

It’s a pretty big basket so I ended up using 13 of the 14 flags (I didn’t want to use too many 😉 ). It took a few minutes to get them placed just so, but the floral foam helped to keep them in place.

Add a bit of red, white and blue to your front door with this quick and easy American flag display using a hanging basket and flags.

Once the flags were placed, I tried a red and white ribbon around the basket. It was ok but I decided that simpler was best. The focus is the flags, as it should be. 

Add a bit of red, white and blue to your front door with this quick and easy American flag display using a hanging basket, floral foam and flags.

It’s definitely a large display but I think that if I would have gone any smaller with the flags, they would have gotten lost in the basket.

Once 4th of July and Labor Day have passed, I’ll remove the flags and store them away until next year. That’s why I love this basket. It’s so versatile and easy to change with the seasons.
Add a bit of red, white and blue to your front door with this easy American flag display in a hanging basket.

Thanks so much for stopping in!

This hanging basket gets a ton of use. Check out a few different ways that I’ve used it for different seasons.

Make this easy summer front door basket in just a few minutes with faux hydrangeas.Summer Front Door Basket

Make this pretty forsythia basket to add a bit of spring to your front door.

Spring Forsythia Front Door Basket

 

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In my last post I shared my new kitchen light and hinted about the one last project I had for this space. It’s a DIY wood sign that is hanging over my kitchen sink and I think it’s the perfect finishing touch for my space. 

A couple of supplies and a few minutes are all you need to make this easy DIY wood sign for the kitchen or any room in your home.

I’ve known that I wanted to hang something in this spot since we moved in and I’ve been searching, but haven’t found anything that fit.

A few supplies and a few minutes are all you need to make this easy DIY wood sign for the kitchen or any space in your home.

One day it hit me…”Helllloooo? Aren’t you all about DIY?” 

“Why yes…yes, I am!”

I could make my own and get the perfect size. 

It just so happened that I had a piece of barn wood that I got from an estate sale for $2. I hadn’t used it for any other projects because it was badly warped and falling apart. I thought I’d give it a shot and, if it didn’t work because the condition of the wood, I would get another piece and try again. 

DIY Wood Sign for the Kitchen

Supplies to make a DIY wood sign

  • piece of wood cut to size (I used old barn wood)
  • stencil (or make your own)
  • paint
  • brush
  • sandpaper
  • picture hangers

I would usually go DIY all the way but there were a few issues to deal with that lead me to break down and buy a stencil.

The first problem was that the wood was rough and flaky with a very uneven surface. I did try to use individual stencils that I already had but, because of the condition of the wood, I couldn’t get them straight. I also have very shaky hands so doing any of it freehand was just not going to work.

So I bit the bullet and I bought a stencil on Etsy. There’s a ton of sellers who offer these and most will customize them to the size you need.

DIY Wood Sign for the Kitchen

Once I had my customized stencil, my sign came together very quickly. 

I centered the stencil, using some painter’s tape to keep everything straight, and started to paint.

It took 11 minutes to do the whole thing. That’s it! 

After I was done painting, I carefully removed the stencil and let the paint dry. 

Once dry, I went over some of the letters with fine sand paper, just to give it more of a rustic look.

Then I added the picture hangers and hung it up.

A couple of supplies are all you need to make this easy DIY wood sign for the kitchen or any room in your home.

So easy! A couple of supplies and a few minutes are all you need to make this rustic DIY wood sign for the kitchen or any space in your home.

I wasn’t sure how my sign would hang with the board being warped, but I think it’s ok. After all, it’s supposed to be rustic, right?

So easy! A couple of supplies and a few minutes are all you need to make this rustic DIY wood sign for the kitchen or any room in your home.

So easy! A couple of supplies are all you need to make this rustic DIY wood sign for the kitchen or any room in your home.

Now that the DIY wood sign is hung, I can officially call the kitchen done. 

What kind of project are you working on right now?

 

Check out a couple more projects I’ve completed to put this space together.

DIY open shelving in the kitchen using barn wood and inexpensive shelf brackets.DIY Open Shelving in the Kitchen

 

Painting window frames black to give a space rustic farmhouse charm.Painted Black Window Frames

 

 

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