20 Amazing Fall Wreaths – To Buy or DIY

20 Amazing Fall Wreaths to Buy of DIYHappy Labor Day! It’s September 1st and I can now throw myself full on into fall! Yes, I know that Autumn doesn’t officially start until the 22nd, but I’m ready for fall now. And we are close enough, right?

Well, to get you in the mood for fall, I’ve curated a selection of wreaths that I feel really embrace fall, and look classy to boot. A lot of these wreaths are from stores, but I am a firm believer in making your own wreath. Seriously, you can make a gorgeous wreath for a fraction of the cost that you would pay for it at the store. They are easy and fun to make, and yours will turn out way better than a store bought one… I’m sure of it.

 

Autumn Mix Wreath - Frontgate

Autumn Mix Wreath – Frontage

Antique Bloom Wreath - Terrain

Antique Bloom Wreath – Terrain

White Pumpkin Wreath - Refresh Restyle

White Pumpkin Wreath – Refresh Restyle

Fall Colors Eucalyptus Wreath - ElegantWreath

Fall Colors Eucalyptus Wreath – ElegantWreath

Brown Bag Faux Bay Leaf Wreath - Homework

Brown Bag Faux Bay Leaf Wreath – Homework

Wheat Wreath - Crate and Barrel

Wheat Wreath – Crate and Barrel

Fall Hydrangeas Orange Pumpkin - Two Inspire You

Fall Hydrangea Orange Pumpkin – Two Inspire You

Wood and Burlap Wreath - Finding Home

Wood and Burlap Fall Wreath – Finding Home

Faux Pomegranate and Pinecone Wreath - Pottery Barn

Faux Pomegranate and Pinecone Wreath – Pottery Barn

Pumpkin Circle Wreath - On Sutton Place

Circle Of Pumpkins – On Sutton Place

White Magnolia Wreath - Frontgate

White Magnolia Wreath – Frontage

Pepper Patch Wreath  - Terrain

Pepper Patch Wreath – Terrain

Grateful Wreath Kit - PaperSource

Grateful Wreath Kit – PaperSource

Fall Wreath - Something Sweet Designs

Fall Wreath – Something Sweet Designs

Sparkle Faux Berry Wreath - Pier 1Sparkle Faux Berry Wreath – Pier 1

Eucalyptus Wreath - World Market

Eucalyptus Wreath – World Market

Paper Wreath - Crate and Barrel

Paper Wreath – Crate and Barrel

Vine, Leaves and Gourd Wreath - Pier 1Vine, Leaves and Gourd Wreath – Pier 1

Burlap Wreath Kit - PaperSource

Burlap Wreath Kit – PaperSource

DIY Sparkly Autumn Leaf Wreath sparklelivingblog.com

Sparkly Autumn Leaf Wreath – Sparkle

I’m really in love with a couple of the more unique ones, particularly the Antique Bloom Wreath from Terrain and the Paper Wreath from Crate and Barrel. Of course I can’t get enough of the fall colors, especially all the oranges and reds. There’s just too many tough decisions!

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DIY Sparkly Autumn Leaf Wreath

I know. You think it’s too early to start thinking about fall. I’m pretty sure you think I’m crazy. I’m so over the heat and the kidlets are back in school, and it’s almost football time. (Yay!) The start of school signifies fall everywhere except in Arizona. I’m so ready.

Sparkly Autumn Leaf Wreath sparklelivingblog.com Yup, there it is in all it’s autumn glory. I love wreaths, as evidenced here and here. It was easy. AND…it has a little glitter on it. Of course it does. Must. Have. Sparkle.

Pier 1 Faux Mixed Leaves Wreath

Pier 1 Faux Mixed Leaves Wreath

It’s based off of this one that I saw at Pier 1 last year. I love it, but I can’t bring myself to buy a wreath when I know I can make one for 1/4 of the cost. Plus, I like to be able to customize my colors. Less green, more red. I really love making wreaths. I find it soothing and ridiculously simple.

DIY Sparkly Autumn Leaf Wreath sparklelivingblog.com
Get all your supplies together. I bought a ton of different leaf bunches at Michaels and Joanns. Michael and Joann are really good friends of mine. Anyhoo…basically, I wanted a decent variety and I wanted the wreath to be full.

glitterglue Make a glitter soup. That’s what I call this slurry of Decou-page, glitter and a couple of drops of water. I wanted a variety of texture with the glitter, so I used some basic gold glitter, then I added some elements from the Stampendous Encrusted Jewel Kit. The kit contains glitter, embossing powder, mica, and glass glitter. I LOVE glass glitter! Add a couple pinches to each to your glitter soup. But be sure to break up the mica between your fingers before you add it, otherwise it’ll look weird.

glitterglueleaf Paint the veins of your leaves with the glitter soup. If the soup is too thick, add water. I think I have glitter in my veins too.

glitterleaf When it dries, it looks like the picture above. Pretty huh? So now it’s time to at the leaves to your wreath. I didn’t take pictures of this part because it was too easy. Honestly, I didn’t want to insult your intelligence by explaining something so simple {I totally forgot to take pictures.} Fire up your glue gun and break up your leaf bunches with scissors, leaving the stems a little long. Weave the stems in to the grapevine wreath, and hot glue the leaf into place. You don’t have to glue every leaf in, but you want to make sure they stay in place and the leaves face outward. Work your way around the wreath. Ok, good, all done. So pretty!

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10 Ideas To Help Cure Crafter’s Block

I’ve been frustrated this week. Like seriously frustrated. I suffered from Crafter’s Block last week. It was pretty awful. Notice I didn’t post anything last week. I tried, I really tried. It was like someone built a concrete wall right in the middle of my creative process. Ideas I had previously just didn’t look right and I couldn’t think of anything new. I’m always influenced by holidays, but there’s not too much holiday inspiration in late July and early August. What’s a creative girl to do?

10 Ideas To Help Cure Crafter's Block

So I searched all kinds of blogs and websites for information on creative blocks. Writer’s block, crafter’s block; there are tons of places to find information to help combat it. But all the info is the same. Go on Pinterest, buy a magazine. Blah. I love Pinterest (you should follow me!), but it’s a bunch of other peoples’ ideas. And there’s too much. Pinterest can pose a problem if you have Creative A.D.D. (Yes, that’s my official diagnosis.) Magazines are great as well, but the best ones are at the book store, and by the time I get there, deal with what the kids want to look at, find a magazine (probably British and overpriced), purchase and drive home, I’ll need a nap. So much for being creative.

So here are ten ideas I came up with that worked for me:

1. Clear your space. Sometimes when I have a creative block I look around and find clutter all over. Sometimes it’s my stuff…supplies from other projects that I didn’t put away. Sometimes Usually it is toys that belong to the kids. Regardless of who owns it, it needs to go. Clutter is distracting and really unnecessary. It’s also very hard to keep on top of. But if you can get rid of it, that clears up that much space in your brain for new creative ideas.

2. Cook something new. Cooking, baking and preparing food is creative. There is always a sense of accomplishment when someone devours some kind of culinary creation that you made for them. Use a new spice in an unexpected way. Today at Costco I had TajÍn on freshly sliced apples…common in Mexico but totally new to me. My tastebuds came alive. Play with your food.

3. Pick a color. Check out Design Seeds. It’s a site that has color palettes inspired by gorgeous photography. I often go there with a certain color in mind and discover amazing palettes based off of that one color. Or you can pick a color out of a paint deck. Do it randomly. Ask yourself what you could do with that color…

10 Ideas to Cure Crafter's Block

Chihuly Exhibit at the Desert Botancal Gardern 2014

4. Grab your camera and take a walk. You picked a color, or a palette, now go for a walk and take pictures of anything you see in that color. Take thousands of pictures.  Go to a park or the zoo. I’d hit up the Desert Botanical Garden here in Scottsdale or the Japanese Garden in Portland. But my creative works are very influenced by botanicals. Do you have an inspirational space? If your answer is no, maybe focus on finding one.

5. Take a class. Why not learn a new skill? Thank goodness for the internet. You are now able to take classes at 1:27 am via the internet for the price of  couple lattes (or Dirty Diet Coke if that’s your thing). Craftsy and Skillshare are the first two that come to mind. Oh, and the gorgeous ladies at A Beautiful Mess have online classes too! I will be taking French Macarons 101 pretty soon here. I think French Macarons are glamourous and probably calorie free. Don’t judge.

10 Ideas To Cure Writer's Block

6. Buy a box. New craft ideas delivered to your door? Yes please. Order a Whimseybox (<—shameless affiliate link!) and get a surprise craft box delivered to your door. Learn a new craft! I hear the calligraphy box was particularly popular. But branch out…try needle felting an adorable little birdie or even a happy turnip! Ok, so this isn’t an immediate fix, but it will definitely help.

7. Exercise. It sounds stupid but it’s proven that exercise helps clear your mind and elevate your mood. We all need that and a clear mind makes way for new ideas. If you don’t believe me, read this article by the American Psychiatric Association.

8. Repeat a project you’ve already done. Make it better. Chances are you have supplies left over from a project you made ages ago. You may have even blogged about it. Do it again and make it better. (And take better photos!)

9. Call your mom. Or your dad. Or someone else who knows your creative style. You’d be surprised on the input they have to give you. Even if the ideas seems stupid they are still ideas, and you can build upon them. (To my mom: Not yours! Your ideas are never stupid. Love you!)

10. Pinterest. Fine. I give in. Check out Pinterest or Craftgawker. Great ideas are posted on Pinterest every second. Just remember, there’s a difference between pinning and doing. You’re a doer.

Does this help? What do you do to inspire creativity? I’d love to know!

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10 Ideas To Help Cure Crafter's Block

 

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Vintage Inspired Painted Fan

Painted Fan http://sparklepantsgirl.com

It always amazes me on how a little paint can change something from ordinary to extraordinary! At least that is how I feel about this fan. It was a basic black circulating fan that I like to use in the summer. Of course I have the AC blasting since it’s 110 degrees outside, but every little bit of circulating air helps. But this fan was dirty and filthy (5 years of dust) and I considered getting rid of it. Then I saw this…

Vornado Vintage Collection

The Vornado Vintage Collection VFAN. It’s so sleek and glamorous, if you can call a fan glamorous! I wanted it, but had no desire to spend money on it, that’s when I decided to try painting the fan that I had. I figured if I ruin the fan, it wouldn’t be too much of a loss.

Painted Fan http://sparklepantsgirl.comHere’s the before picture. This thing was difficult to clean. See all the dust on it, even after cleaning once. I had to use Q-tips to get all the dust out of the crevices of this fan. The front part of the fan snaps off so you can clean the grill and the blades. Of course, make sure it’s unplugged first.

Supplies

fan, can of spray primer, 2 cans white glossy spray paint, plastic grocery bags, painters tape, liquid gold leaf, foam brushes, clear spray sealant, hot glue gun, 1/8th inch leather lace in medium brown (50 ft)

Vintage Inspired Painted Fan Once clean, I sprayed the fan with a coat of primer, so that the spray paint will stick. I stuffed a bunch plastic grocery bags behind the fan blades, to protect the little fan engine from the spray paint. Originally I was not going to paint the blades, but then decided that I liked them better white than black. I used three light coats of the white spray paint to adequately cover the surface of the fan.

Painted Fan http://sparklepantsgirl.comAfter spray painting the whole fan white and letting the paint dry, I taped the fan to protect the side and the center. I then used a foam brush to paint on the liquid gold leaf. Brush it gently across the top of the fan. The liquid gold leaf goes on so smoothly. When dry, use another foam brush to get in between the spokes. Once adequately covered and dry spray with the clear sealant spray.

Vintage Inspired Painted Fan http://sparklepantsgirl.comOne last detail. I didn’t like the look of the black cord. So I wrapped it with 1/8th inch leather craft lace, applying glue to the leather, in spots, to hold it in place.

Vintage Inspired Painted Fan

Cute, right! It so much prettier to look at now!

 

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Floral Imprinted Summer Coasters

Imprinted Clay Coasters

 

Hi y’all! Thanks for coming back  to check out my second project for the DecoArt and Stampendous blog hop extravaganza! See the first one here. Today is a large blog hop that should keep you busy all weekend. Don’t forget to leave a comment and check out all the other links, hopefully you’ll win the giveaway!

I loved making these imprinted coasters. They are going to look great on my summer brunch picnic table. It was fun and a little messy and the kids were able to make some of their own as well.

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I covered my workspace with freezer paper, shiny side up, so that the clay comes up easily. Roll out the clay to about ¼ inch (or about 6 millimeters for our metric friends) thick. Make sure it’s not too thick that it won’t dry, but not too thin that it will break. Dab your rubber stamp with paint with some sort of foam sponge or a makeup sponge. Place your stamp down on the clay and apply even pressure on the entire stamp. I found the best results were by gently rolling my rolling pin over the stamp.
Floral Imprinted Summer Coaster #DecoArt #Stampendous

Let-Me-Point-Out-The-Obvious-Tip: Wash the paint off of your rubber stamp after each use, particularly if you live in the hot desert. It dries fast and took some effort to get clean.

Imprinted Floral Summer Coasters

Cut out your coaster shapes with something round. I used the mouth of one of our drinking glasses. Then  use a butter knife to smooth the clay around the edges. Place the round shapes on a cooling rack if you have one. Another tip: Once the top of the coaster is dry, flip the coaster over so that it doesn’t start to curl on the edges and remains flat. I flipped mine 4 or 5 times during the drying process. It will probably take 24 hours to completely dry. Mine dried overnight, but remember, I live in an oven.

While it’s drying, cut your felt or cork so that it’s smaller than the coaster, and will fit nicely on the back. Once dry, gently sand the side and rough edges of the coasters so they are smooth. Paint the edges with a light coat of Champagne Gold metallic paint.

Once that is dry, paint a coat or two of satin varnish on top to seal the coaster so it can withstand a little moisture. After the top  varnish is dry varnish the bottom, and stick on the felt with the varnish.

Imprinted Floral Coaster #DecoArt #Stampendous

That’s it! You can package them up pretty for a hostess gift or customize them to the colors of your summer table. Cheers!

Now check out all the other amazing projects in the blog hop!

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Vintage Bicycle Ad Image Transfer

Vintage Bicycle Ad Image Transfer I really wanted to get this project up on the blog before Father’s Day, but it just didn’t happen. Why didn’t someone tell me that summer break was going to be so busy??? Anyhow, it’s a fun and crafty gift, that’s completely customizable. I love the vintagy and distressed look of this project! Vintage Bicycle Ad Image Transfer The French bicycle ad was ordered off of Etsy. I reversed the image using PicMonkey, then had it laser printed on an 8.5 x 14 piece of paper at Staples. For the transfer to work, the image has to be printed with a laser printer. Sorry, but ink jet printers won’t work. Vintage Inspired Bicycle Image Transfer   supplies Start by “aging” the wood. I mixed some brown and gray paint in a little bowl and added a splash of water to make a stain. I used one of my foam brushes and painted it on, then immediately wiped off the paint with a wet cloth.  Let the wood dry. When the wood is dry, grab your image that was printed out in reverse, particularly if there are letters on it. I cut off the borders of the image, but you don’t have to. Using a foam brush, spread the Acrylic Gel Medium on the wood, covering the whole surface area. Additionally, cover the image with gel medium as well. Carefully place the paper, image side down, onto the wood. Smooth out the paper so that there are no bubbles and it looks even. It helps to use something like a ruler or a credit card to smooth it out. I had an area on each side that the image didn’t cover, so I put a piece of plain white copy paper to cover up the gel medium. Vintage Inspired Wooden Bicycle Transfer Let the medium dry for at least 4 hours or overnight. Once it’s dry grab a small bowl of water and a wash cloth and start rubbing off the paper. You’ll start to see the image as the paper comes off. This is definitely the messy part. Vintage bicycle image transfer Once all the paper is off, let it dry again. Then grab your sanding block and sand away! Make it look as distressed (or not) as you’d like. This is where you can sand off any areas where the gel medium looks a little wonky ;) Wipe off the dust from sanding and paint on a little satin varnish to seal it all and even out the finish. It’s that easy! You can make this with any image you’d like!

Vintage Bicycle Transfer Art
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