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:



17 comments:

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

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

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  3. 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,
    J

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  4. 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
    Denise

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

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  6. 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 :-). ~

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

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

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  9. 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!

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  10. 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.

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  11. 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!

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  12. So cute! I love your porch!!
    Christa

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  13. okay I love it even more with less work involved!

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  14. 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! :)
    http://dixie-n-dottie.blogspot.com/2012_09_17_archive.html

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

    Thanks for linking up to Throwback Thursday!

    xoxo
    Denyse

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  16. Hi,
    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,
    Roberta
    La Sportina

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