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16 August, 2015

10 Ways to Get a Head Start on Fall

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT 10 Ways to Get a Head Start on FallOK…first let me say that I know it’s waaay too early for some of you…especially those of you in colder climates…but fall is my favorite season and I can’t wait for it to get here! It’s already showing up in the stores and fall projects are being pinned like crazy in Pinterest right now. I try to make myself wait until September 1st to start decorating, but if you are a DIYer like me, you need a little head start to get your crafting on. Sooo…I am sharing 10 super easy ways you can get a head start on fall, and you don’t even need any real pumpkins to do it!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Autumn Greeting Chalkboard 1. Create a handmade rustic chalkboard using vintage yardsticks as your frame, then add a little fall greeting for your guests.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Transitioning into Fall 2. Add some hints of fall to a transitional centerpiece. Nothing says early fall to me like sunflowers and apples, so I corralled them both in a pretty basket for my dining room table.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT How to Make a Ruffled Burlap Table Runner 3. Now while you have plenty of time before fall arrives, why not make a burlap table runner? I put mine out in early fall and it stays on my table well past Christmas into the winter months. You will find detailed instructions here.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Pottery Barn Inspired Mason Jar Candles 4. If you love Mason jars like I do, these fun and easy Pottery Barn inspired fall candles will be just the thing for you! And no need to wait for acorns to fall since faux acorns are available right now in Hobby Lobby!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT 10 Ways to Get a Head Start on Fall5. If you know me, you know I had to fit in a tea towel…and a snack! My no-sew fall fig tea towel is easy to make and goes really great with my favorite fall snack…figs and bleu cheese! ;-) You will find the instructions, plus the free graphic, by clicking here.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT 10 Ways to Get a Head Start on Fall 6. Head right on over to your local garden store and pick up some pretty mums to add a little hint of fall to your home. I am already seeing them at Home Depot and Lowes. Then just pop them in a tureen if you have one and they are good to go!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT 10 Ways to Get a Head Start on Fall7. Now is the time to get started on making a dried corn garland for your front porch, while fresh corn is still plentiful and cheap and the weather is hot. It’s a fun addition to your fall decorations and it’s easy to make!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Pleated Paper Pumpkins 8. Create a fall arrangement with these fun pleated paper pumpkins. They are so easy that the kiddos can even help! Add some faux leaves and green apples and you are good to go until Thanksgiving with this one!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Easy Sweater Pumpkins 9. I told you that you didn’t need real pumpkins because we are going to make our own! My easy sweater pumpkins only take a few minutes and can be used year after year…win, win!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Easy No-Sew Shirt Pumpkins 10. And finally…here’s another way to make your own pumpkins using…you guessed it…shirts! My no-sew shirt pumpkins are so easy that you can create a whole patch of pumpkins in no time flat!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT 10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Bring on FallNot quite ready for fall yet? Here are my favorite 10 things that you can do right now to get you in the mood! You’ll find a little bit of everything, from recipes to places to go and things to do to get your fall spirit on!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Fall Home Tour And although I have only just begun thinking about my fall decorations this year, you can get a peek from previous years in my fall home tour! 
And stay tuned…I’ll be sharing my current fall decor in a few short weeks!

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Thanks for stopping by! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants. 
Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party , Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday , Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday , The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday , Coastal Charm for the Show and Share Party , A Stroll thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday , My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Inspire Me Monday, Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays , Common Ground for Share Your Style on Thursdays ,   French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday , The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday , Craftberry Bush for the Inspiration Gallery on Friday, Tatertots & Jello for the Link Party Palooza on Fridays
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  1. Debbie,
    Great DIY projects to make for Autumn, dear friend!!!
    I've gone a "tad" bit beyond Autumnal Dreaming . . .
    to transitioning into Autumnal Decor here on the Prairie!!!
    Thanks for all the inspiring photos!!!

  2. I love the pleated pumpkins! Since I don't do scrap booking I may just print some fall designs on my color printer and use that instead. I'm loving summer right now, but will tackle some of that late next month...

  3. Every single project is just darling and you always do such a great job!! Not ready yet but this post sure did make me think about fall!! I guess I had better get in gear pretty soon, Happy Sunday,

  4. Just curious, what kind of photo software do you use? Or does someone do that for you? Nice job! Love the frames and borders...

    1. Thanks, Nancy! :-) I use two programs, both free. I use Picmonkey and Photoscape. The borders are mostly from Photoscape, a free download. Hugs...Debbie

  5. I love your blog! Your projects aren't intimidating, don't take a bunch of supplies, and are not expensive to make. Thank you for sharing all your wonderful ideas with us! I look forward to your posts :-)

  6. Wonderful to see all your "fall craft projects" in one post - you are one talented individual! I'm not quite ready to let go of summer but I like seeing all the fall inspiration in blogland to transition into the next season.

  7. You are so right i do need to get started.I need to get my decorations down and see what new thing i need to add to them. I can't wait for fall it has been so hot here in Okla. Thanks Debbie.

  8. I love all your Fall projects, but I do want to make a runner in burlap. Putting it on my Fall list this year.
    Thanks for sharing Debbie.
    Have a lovely week.

  9. Hi Debbie, I enjoy reading your blog and seeing all the beautiful things in your home. Your white china is really lovely and looks wonderful with the burlap runner. Thank you for sharing your talents with us.

  10. Great ideas for fall but I'm not in any hurry to end summer. Our spring and summer go way too quicky in NE Ohio. I will wait til the trees start turning colors to put fall decor out - and our falls here are spectacular!

  11. I'm with you. Fall is by far my favorite Season, followed closely by Winter believe it or not. I'm working on a plane right now to flip my front porch for Fall. Thank you so much for the inspiration!

  12. You might call yourself a DIYer but I call you a professional crafter. ALl of your items are always so well done!! I have to admit I am thinking of Fall too!

  13. Jane August 15,2017
    Love your blog. I made the sweater pumpkin. Makes me want to start Fall early. Thanks

  14. Thanks for sharing all of your creative, yet very doable ideas. I have started to gather some things together for fall, too. I've begun painting some Dollar Store pumpkins white and pale blue, as I'm thinking of easing into fall with some cooler colors. This is a switch for me, but it just feels right.

  15. Debbie,
    I love your no sew shirt pumpkins and the sweater pumpkin. I appreciate the way you described the steps in full detail. I have made several stuffed pumpkins that did not turn out well because I didn't pull the fabric tight nor pulled the twine tight, etc. I'm going to try it your way! Wouldn't some of these be cute cuddled together in a large bowl or sitting on candlesticks. Thanks so much for a clear tutorial!


Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie