Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Beauty of Fall & DIY Fall Crafts- A Pinterest Poser Challenge

Summer is my absolute favorite time of year but Fall is a close second. Especially sunny Fall days.  It's on those sunny Fall days when the world seems to glow and feel warm and wonderful and beautiful and brilliant. 

My mother had a million and five problems in life but appreciating the beauty of the seasons wasn't one of them.  On those sunny Fall days growing up in Southwestern Michigan, if my mom saw a beautiful tree she would stop the car and pull over. She would ooh and ahhh and make sure we were all looking and noticing and really seeing our beautiful and brilliant world. My brother and sister and I soaked up the warmth of the glowing trees and the excitement and love of my mother.

I inherited quite a few of my mother's problems including her anxiety and over emotionality. But I'm so glad I also got her love of seasons and the glowing Fall trees. I cannot ever pass a beautiful Fall tree without taking a picture on my phone, pointing it out to my kids and oohing and ahhing and really seeing our beautiful and brilliant world.

I love to do crafts that capture that fabulous Fall beauty. For this week's Pinterest Poser Challenge,* I  looked up some inexpensive crafts that help me celebrate the beauty of Fall.

*In an attempt at not being a Pinterest Poser,** every week-ish I detail a new project/idea/recipe inspired by Pinterest.
**My definition of a Pinterest Poser is someone who is all pins and no substance.

I love painting stuff. This summer I got really into painting sticks, it was like therapy for me. I saw a picture of painted acorns on Pinterest and fell in love. It is fun, simple and free.

I took the kids on a walk and we looked for acorns. When I took the dog for a walk, I collected acorns. It was fun. After I had my acorns, I baked them in the oven at lowest heat for two hours. I let the acorns cool and then started painting.

I used acrylic paint from Michael's because I had some left over from painting sticks. I used all sorts of colors, not all that Fall-y but I love how they turned out.

The kids helped. We painted glue on the tops of acorns and then dipped them in Fall-y colored glitter. 

We had a minor glitter spill, but no worries.

I originally put the acorns in a vase on the table on
my front porch.

But then I went to the Dollar Store and bought this acorn platter and put them all inside.
They are messy and colorful and imperfect...I LOVE them.

The next crafty project I did was a not so beautiful ModPodge Leaf Mason Jar Candle Holder thing-y. 

I modeled this after things I'd seen on Pinterest. But I didn't really look at the pins that closely. If I had, then I would have noticed that most (maybe all) of them used fake leaves which probably would have worked much better.  That is not what I used.

I collected leaves on my nature walks and then used ModPodge to try and stick them onto a Mason Jar I had in the house. It was frustrating.

The leaves broke apart and didn't stick. I snapped at the kids and got a little grumpy.  BUT I finally got a couple leaves to stay stuck.

I dropped in a votive candle that promised to smell like pumpkin pie and lit it.  It was messy and I would do it with fake leaves if I were you....but I still love my leaf candle holder thing-y.

I love mine, but if you want to make fancier (probably less frustrating) ones, click here. 

Sweet moment on the front porch that also makes me fall in love with the world. Father and daughter chilling out together.
Love it.

Have you made anything inspired by Pinterest lately? Does Fall kind of blow you away with it's beauty? Got any favorite Fall crafts? Let me know in the comments or over on my Facebook page.

Here are some of the Pinterest projects I've done/made/attempted:

Kale Smoothie- click here
Power Tools- click here
Painting Sticks- click here
Homemade Pesto- click here
DIY Map Craft- click here
Homemade Chalk Paint- click here
A Flower Crown- click here
The Rainbow Challenge- click here
DIY Trundle Bed- Click here
DIY Artemis Costume- click here
Taking Pictures of Your Kids- click here
Gluten Free Pretzels- click here
Cinnamon Sugar Doughballs- click here
Painted Lockers- click here
Melted Beads- DIY Suncatcher- click here
Tissue Paper Pom Pom Garland-- click here
A Delightfully Simple Birthday Party--click here
Make An Awesome Omelet--click here
Outdoor Lights Inspired by the show Parenthood- click here
Herb Garden with Chalkboard Pots- click here
Backyard Graffiti Art with kids- click here
Happiness Notecards- click here
Gluten Free Rainbow Cake- click here
Fruit Roll-Up Fortune Cookies- click here
Make Your Own Magnets- click here
DIY Painted Clay Necklace- click here
Dixie Cup Lights- click here
DIY Ornaments-click here
Gluten Free Clay- click here
Make Your Own Stamps- click here
Birthday Shirt- click here
Gluten Free Pop Tarts- click here
Front Porch Kid Art Display- click here
Door turned into Table- click here
Summer Wish List Chalkboard-click here
Peanut Butter Nutella Cookie Sandwiches-click here
Painted Mason Jar Vases-click here
Cinco de Mayo Paper Flowers- click here
Earth Day Cupcakes- Click here
Nail Art-click here
Homemade Photo Booth Fun- click here
Fake Bangs- click here
DIY Subway Art- click here
Furniture Painting and Bench/Chest Makeover- click here
Thanksgiving-y Project/Gratitude/Holiday Countdown- click here
The Smoothie-click here
The Free Printable Turned Artwork in a Boring Hallway- click here
The chalk board-click here
Seven Layer Dip in Individual Cups (my favorite so far!)-click here
The pumpkin address-click here
The Kitchen Dancing Sign--click here


  1. Ooooooh I want to do this one. The acorns look so cute.

  2. What an easy craft and one that looks so pretty.
    Loving all your Fall activities.