Friday, September 7

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:


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

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

  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,

  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

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

  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 :-). ~

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

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

  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!

  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.

  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!

  12. So cute! I love your porch!!

  13. LOVE this idea, Richella! Just pinned it~

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

  15. 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! :)

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

    Thanks for linking up to Throwback Thursday!


  17. 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,
    La Sportina


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