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Simple Fall Door Hanger DIY

easy diy fall decor

simple burlap wreath

fall monogram wreath

Now that it’s October, I am so excited to finally feel like we are in the real fall season! Although I am all about the pumpkin spice and hayride life this time of the year, I have never been a huge fan of orange – so when it comes to decor, I try my best to steer clear of that color as much as possible. Even so, I seriously considered making this wreath specific to Halloween, but as you can see, instead, opted to go a more neutral route for a couple reasons: 1. Limit the orange (oops. I tried to love it, y’all), and 2. keep this season’s decor a little more low-maintenance. The less stuff we need to take down/repack at the end of October – the better! Can I get an Amen?! As always, I’ve included my supplies below, followed by the 5 simple steps to complete this DIY. Keep in mind that this project is super customizable – so feel free to switch up your colors & choice of ribbon to your heart’s content!

Supplies: 

Unfinished Initial (I used the 15″ size in this project)

Chalk Paint in Linen (y’all, I have used this same can since APRIL!)

Foam and Acrylic Brush Set

Burlap & Lace Ribbon

Acrylic Paint in White, Light Brown & Dark Brown (I used paint I had leftover from other projects but if you are starting from scratch, I recommend this set to save some $$ and get all your basic colors at once)

Finishing Protective Spray in Satin

Step 1: Get out your unfinished initial/monogram (this company has so many options on Etsy that are super inexpensive). As you can see, the back of the initial has a small opening for hanging – if you are planning on securing your finished project using that opening, I recommend that you do not paint that part. Begin painting the initial using your chalk paint and foam brush. Allow the first layer to dry & repeat until desired coverage is reached – I did about 3 layers in total.

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chalk paint for diy fall wreath

step 1 of diy fall door hanger

Step 2: After the chalk paint has dried, grab your acrylic paints in brown, dark brown, and white, along with a couple paper towels, small cup of water, and paper plate for mixing. Dip your brush in water before applying the paint as this will help in creating a faux wood grain appearance. Using the lighter shade of brown first, begin streaking it around the circular portion of the initial – always going in the same direction. Follow by adding in dashes of the deeper brown, blending it in with your brush. If you want more of the worn look, take one of the paper towels and firmly rub it across different portions of the freshly painted oval. Then, using the light shade of brown, dip your brush back into the water and very gently streak it in different areas of the letter itself to complete the rustic look.

diy fall monogram door hanger

DIY fall monogram

diy fall monogram

diy fall monogram

Step 3: Once the acrylic paint has dried, grab your finishing spray – this step is key for protecting your work, especially if you plan on putting your finished fall piece out where it will be exposed to the elements. In a well-ventilated place (preferably outside) spray one layer, wait 30 minutes, then spray another. This sealant will dry to the touch in 10 minutes, but I recommend giving it another 30 or so to set before handling.

easy diy fall decor

easy diy fall decor

Step 4: If your sealant has dried, it’s ribbon time! Burlap and lace are perfect for all seasons, but especially for fall and winter. Before cutting your ribbon, test out the size you think you will want your bow to be by wrapping the ribbon in from the back and looping it the same way for the other side of the bow. Fold each end of the bow to make its ears. When satisfied with placement/proportion, cut the ribbon to size; securing the bow to the initial by tying a double-knot in the back. On either side of the bow, adjust the parallel ribbon pieces to fit your preference.

easy diy fall decor

easy diy fall decor

Step 5: All that’s left is to hang your completed fall monogram door hanger & you’re all done! (Side note: Our front door has a screen door in front of it, which is why I did not treat the ribbon. If yours does not, a quick layer of Scotchgard should do the trick!)

easy diy fall decor

easy diy fall decor

easy diy fall decor

Hope y’all enjoyed this DIY! More fall posts will be headed your way soon & even though I definitely made it sound like I do, I pinky-promise I don’t always completely limit the orange in our house for Halloween/October, check out last year’s Halloween Bar Cart & Mantel posts for proof 🙂

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Favorite Products for Everyday Makeup

Happy almost end-of-the-week, y’all! I hope everyone’s week has been amazing so far! This post all about daily makeup has been requested quite a bit. One of the main products asked about most consistently is: Foundation. After getting introduced to it by my friend, Callie (who is super fabulous and A LOT better at makeup than I am – check out her tutorial videos here), I became so hooked on the benefits of using this everyday. It’s a lot healthier for your skin, and has a greater amount of pigment than your typical foundations – meaning more coverage that blends naturally WITHOUT irritation or crazy breakouts. uhm. YAS. I’ve linked that and all of my other favorite products I use daily below. If you have any questions feel free to comment them at the end of this post or on my Instagram here.

…by the way, if you’re wondering how I get all the “gunk” out of these brushes, check out this other post here for the simple routine I follow.

Eyes & Brows

Marc Jacobs Velvet Mascara | Kat von D Eyeliner | Anastasia Brow Wiz (in blonde)

Face

YSL Primer | Limelight Foundation (in Gena Beige) | Kat von D Contour Kit & Lock-it Setting Powder | Bobbi Brown Blush (in Rose)

Lips

Chanel Rouge COCO Shine (in Reveuse) 

Tools

Gold Vanity Mirror, Kat von D Foundation Brush, Powder Brush, Dual Eyeshadow Brush

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DIY Guest Welcome Basket

Happy September, y’all! We are so pumped for the cooler weather and all that it brings! J and I love to have people over, and the fall season is ideal for creating a cozy space perfect for hosting guests.

Today I wanted to share with y’all one of our favorite things to do for overnight guests: the welcome basket. If you’ve read Make Your Home Cozier with These 3 Books  then you already know how much I love The Lifegiving Home, which is full of tips on creating a space for you and your family that your guests will love too. Part of those tips focus on how uncomfortable it can be for overnight guests to ask for certain items, like towels, shampoo, or even food. Sometimes people don’t want to impose or cause an inconvenience when it really wouldn’t be a problem at all. We have found that something as simple as this basket (original unavailable – similar ones here and here) with travel shampoo/conditioner, fresh towels (we love these from Target – so pretty!), personalized snacks, water & gatorade, has made all the difference in how welcome and cozy our guests feel coming into our home.

Putting together these baskets is super fun for the hosts too – you can be as simple or extravagant as you want, and totally personalize each item to the person who is coming to stay 🙂

 

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Blogging Lessons Part 1

Before launching Blonde Boss Babe, I had no idea how many technical skills I would need to learn to start and maintain a successful blog. This November will mark one year since I migrated platforms from wordpress.com to wordpress.org, which I recently realized I didn’t even do 100% correctly. LOLZ. How did it take me this long to find out? Well, all of the images from my posts pre-November 2016 disappeared from public view but would show when I was logged in working on the site. Ironically, this little bit of a nightmare has come with a lot of blessing mixed into the mess. Manually re-inserting the images into each post has provided an opportunity for me to look back on how much the blog has progressed, clean up/delete less than ideal content, and reminisce on some favorite projects. Of the 20+ posts affected, here are the few that made the cut (click the image to be taken to the post): 

  

 While I still have so many more things to learn about this crazy complex – yet super fun platform, in a post soon-to-come, I will be sharing with y’all some of the key steps that would have GREATLY simplified this process. So, if you have any blogging questions about launching a site, working with companies, or even designing a logo – feel free to comment them below this post or contact me here. I will try to answer as many as possible in the posts to come on this topic. 

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