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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.

monogram diy



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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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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DIY Gold Unicorn Memo Holder

 

Happy Wednesday, y’all! We are halfway through the week, so officially almost to the weekend (Woo!) Today’s DIY is SO fun for many different reasons – it can be used for holding pictures, encouraging notes, a to-do list, or even as someone’s placeholder in a themed party, the options you have out of this simple 3-step DIY are endless 🙂

To get started you’ll need:

Supplies 

Rust-Oleum Gold Spray Paint

Hot Glue Gun & Glue

Gold Paperclips 

Unicorns

 

 

Step 1: Get out your paperclips and plug in your hot glue gun! For this part, you can choose to either straighten out one side of the paperclip or leave as it is depending on where on the unicorn you want your clip to be. Once you’ve decided, glue it into place. Repeat this step with as many as desired.

 

 

Step 2: In a well-ventilated location (preferably outside if possible) begin spray painting your unicorn memo holders. Lightly spray the first layer, letting it set for about 10 minutes or so before continuing. Repeat until desired coverage is reached – after which wait about 40 minutes before handling.

 

 

Step 3: Decide what you will use your new gold note/memo/photo/place holders for! I’ve included some ideas below:

 

(Marble & Gold vanity tray DIY linked here)

Getting ready to complete this DIY? Don’t forget your supplies!

 

 

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Dreamy Lace Teepee DIY

Oh my goodness y’all, today’s DIY is SO easy and fun & I’m super pumped with how it turned out in only 8 steps! The best thing about these trending little teepees is how versatile and customizable they are for almost any event or purpose. This one in particular is perfect for bridal showers, baby showers, reading nooks, pet corners, or even just for looking super cute in your living room or home office – priorities, right? This DIY teepee is super stable and requires no sewing and zero hardware. As J and I do not have children, and Toby is pretty small, I chose not to secure the wooden dowels with additional hardware. However, if you do have children in your home, I definitely recommend using a drill and adding hardware to ensure additional stability of the teepee. Ready to get started? Me too!

Supplies: 

Wooden Dowels  5/8″X72″ (4-6 dowels depending on preference – Can use 48″ height instead if preferred)

Lace Tablecloth 60″x20″

Twine & Scissors

Hot Glue Gun with Glue Sticks

Faux Roses, Leaves, & 6′ Garland

Safety Pins x 2

 

Step 1: Get out two of your dowels, and make an “X” toward the top. Wrap your twine around and in between the dowels, then tie a knot to secure them together. (If you aren’t sure the height you want your teepee to be, stand the dowels up and adjust the X before tying the twine around them)






Step 2: Plug in your hot glue gun (be sure to put a piece of cardboard or a couple paper plates under the nozzle so that glue doesn’t drip everywhere!) Dab a couple dots of hot glue underneath the twine on the “X” to secure the knot.

Steps 3 & 4: Stand up the dowels and add in the third and fourth dowel. Before securing, make sure the angles are what you prefer – then repeat steps 1 & 2 for each additional dowel. Add in dowels 5 & 6 following the same steps. Once all have been added, wrap twine around all of the dowels and secure with hot glue.

Step 5: Get out your lace tablecloth. Holding opposite parallel corners, begin draping the lace around the teepee frame. (One benefit of unfinished poplar dowels that is particularly awesome for this is that the lace will lightly catch on the wood – making it a lot easier to drape it around the teepee by without extra help!)

Step 6: Taking the two safety pins, secure the ends of the tablecloth together a few inches below where the teepee frame was tied off with twine. Don’t worry about the pins affecting the look of the teepee – they won’t show when you begin adding your garland and flowers.

Step 7: It’s garland and flower time – but first garland time! This is the really fun part, because there are soooo many different options here, from what colors you choose to use to what types of flowers/leaves you want to use, the possibilities are endless. Wrap the garland around the frame first before adding flowers. Slide one strand of it in between the dowels and allow each end to drape down the front of the teepee opening. Your safety pins should now be covered completely by the garland.

Step 8: Begin adding your flowers in! I used a couple of these sprays from Hobby Lobby, and then these long stem roses – which were so easy to secure thanks to tiny openings in the lace! Just take the stem and poke it through where you want the rose to be, then bend the stem so that the rose will stay in place. Continue with leaves and flowers until desired look is reached.

 

That’s it! Now you can stage and set up the inside of the teepee for whatever you choose! If using it as a reading or pet nook, some faux fur rugs (I love these) and a couple soft pillows are perfect to finish the look! If you’re using it for a shower or similar event, this teepee will be the perfect touch of rustic glam for photos, or even a very sweet spot to have guests place their gifts for the bride or mom-to-be 🙂

 

If you want to make the teepee opening a bit smaller, you can tie the lace off about a foot down from where you put the safety pin. Then add a flower or some extra twine to keep the rustic vibe going. Here’s what it will look like if you decide to do that:

 

By the way, Toby is loving this spot. Seriously, I can’t even handle this little nugget sometimes, he makes my heart so full – keep scrolling to see what I mean 🙂

 

Ugh all the heart eyes for that little pup. Are you completing this DIY with your own twist? I would seriously love to see! Please comment below or tag me in the completed project so I can see your dreamy new DIY teepee!

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