Friday, September 7, 2012

Simple fall craft: autumn leaf pillow

I love Autumn, and I truly enjoy getting my house ready for the season. Today I want to show you how I created some super-easy Autumn Leaf Pillows for my front porch.

Some time ago I made some of throw pillows out of drop cloths.  I've used these same pillows to decorate my front porch in different seasons:  autumn, Christmas, Valentine's Day.  The pillows had gotten a little yucky from being outdoors, but running them through the washing machine with a little bleach cured that.

I'd made Autumn Leaf pillows before by cutting leaf shapes out of felt.  They were cute, but I always wished that the leaves were a bit bigger and more intricate.  This year I planned to buy large pieces of felt and make more detailed leaves.  Then when I was at HomeGoods recently, I spotted this placemat:

Here's the tag.  HomeGoods has these in several colors.  I chose the dark brown to coordinate with my new front porch.

And here's the best part:

I probably would have spent that much on a large piece of felt.

To make my Autumn Leaf pillows, I simply hot-glued the placemats onto my dropcloth pillows.  Voila!

I may want to add more traditional autumn colors as the season wears on, but for now I'm still enjoying the fresh blues and greens of my porch.

I found the large green ceramic pumpkin at TJMaxx; the small brown one is from my collection.  I spray-painted my "Welcome" sign to complement the throw pillows.

 Just the tabletop:

Here's how the porch looks most mornings.  It's a favorite place to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee.  Wish you could come have a cup with me!

One bit of autumn decor down, 99 to go!  How are you preparing for Fall at your house?

I'm joining these parties:


Courtenay@Creek Line House said...

Now that's my kind of pillow!! Anything less than $2 that involves hot glue is a winner in my books!

Kari at A Grace Full Life said...

Oh Richella, I love these pillows so much!!!

Jaybird said...

Ahhh those are great!!!
I'm preparing for fall by pulling a bazillian tubs out of the attic and sorting my "good stuff".
and today it is 105 degrees!!!! I need for the temps to FALL!!
Beautiful porch, thanks for sharing,

Denise said...

Hi Richella, long time no visit (by me!!!). I have always loved your front porch and those new pillows look amazing. I copied your idea of the other Fall pillows you made a last year (or was it the year before that?) and I might take this one too ;-)
I have lots of porches on my new house, but still open to the elements so I can't decorate as cozy as you can with your lamps. Do you sit out there often? I'd love to join you for coffee :)
Big hugs

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Richella, what a clever idea! That's my kind of and a hot glue gun! The pillows are really pretty!

Kristin said...

I love 'em! And love the fresh fall color palette too! Funny you mentioned you got your green pumpkin from TJ Maxx...I've been thinking I need to get over there to peruse their fall decor, and now you've confirmed it. I'll have to work it in to my weekend plans somehow :-). ~

Marc said...

I think your porch is the most inviting outdoor space I have ever seen. Awesome.

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

Love the pillows! My kind of project...nice and easy!

Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

These look so festive on your porch! The hot glue should make it easy to pull the felt off, so you can replace it with a placemat for the next season - and next time check out the Dollar Tree - they also carry these felt placemats!

Paula@SweetPea said...

I really like how bold these pillows are. When I saw your first picture, I thought, "How did she do that?" I was so surprised to find out you use a placemat.

Your porch looks so inviting!

I'm slowly easing into fall. I've got my kitchen table looking fallish with a runner and centerpiece and today I'm working on the mantel.

Marla and Steve said...

I'm going to look for those tomorrow at our local TJ Maxx. That's a great idea and I already have two white inexpensive pillow covers from IKEA.

Thanks for sharing!

Christa said...

So cute! I love your porch!!

melissa * 320 Sycamore said...

LOVE this idea, Richella! Just pinned it~

Laura from Top This Top That said...

okay I love it even more with less work involved!

Dixie n Dottie said...

What a cozy porch! Love your leaf pillows! Great idea! Would love if you'd join our Countdown to Fall link party! Hope to see you there! Have a great week! :)

Denyse @ Glitter, Glue, Paint said...

Richella! I absolutely love your porch and those pillows...oh my!! Beautiful!

Thanks for linking up to Throwback Thursday!


Roberta said...

I'm a guest of the Throwback Thursday linky party.. I like so much your pillows!! See you on next Thursday linky party!
Greetings from Italy,
La Sportina

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