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20 Alternatives to a wreath for Fall and Winter - Life on Kaydeross Creek

20 Creative Alternatives to a Front Door Wreath for Fall & Winter

Hey everyone! I know it’s still early but once the cold weather hits, I’m just ready to decorate for the Holidays! I started thinking about decorating the front porch and I’d like to do something different this year. You know, think out side the wreath 🙂 So today I am sharing 20 alternatives to a wreath for your front door for Fall and Winter. Let’s get creative, shall we??

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1. Frames

Make something unique with an inexpensive or even a thrift store frame. I love the chicken wire.

 

20 Alternatives to a Wreath for Fall & Winter - Frames - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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20 Alternatives to Wreaths for Fall and Winter - Frames and Chicken wire - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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Add some burlap and greens along with some jingle bells.

 

20 Alternatives to a Wreath for Fall and Winter - with jingle bells - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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Spray paint an old frame and simply hang some ribbon and ornaments.

20 Alternatives to Wreaths for Fall and Winter - Red frame with ornaments - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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2. Make one with Twigs

Use what you have out in your yard, break out your hot glue gun and make something unique for your home.  I love these!

 

20 Alternatives to a Wreath for Fall and Winter - Stick window with berries and pine cones - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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20 Alternatives to Wreaths - birch twig wreath with berries - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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3. Wooden Tags

How cute are these?  You can pick these raw wooden tags up at Micheal’s and decorate them how you wish. You can hang them with rope or twine or ribbon.

 

20 Alternatives to Wreaths - wood tags for thanksgiving - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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20 Alternatives to Wreaths - wooden tags - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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4. Wooden plaques

This started out as a simple unfinished wooden disk.

 

20 Alternatives to Wreaths - painted wooden slice wreath - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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I like how they attached these together with the ribbon.

20 Alternatives to Wreaths -Square letters hanging - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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20 Alternatives to Wreaths for Fall and Winter - welcome wood slice - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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5. Wooden Signs

The sky is the limit with these. You just need some stencils and embellishments.

 

20 Alternatives to Wreaths - Wooden sign wreath - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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20 Alternatives to Wreaths for Fall and Winter - Hello Fall wooden sign - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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6. Wooden Slice

I made one of these a couple of years ago. You can see it HERE. Really easy and you don’t even need to cut one yourself. You can find them at Michael’s or on Amazon is different sizes.

 

20 Alternatives to Wreaths for Fall and Winter - wood slice - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

7. Silver Trays

Thrift stores are great for finding old trays to use for these projects. Use with or without chalkboard paint and combine faux flowers to make something for each season.

 

20 Alternatives to Wreaths for Fall and Winter - Silver tray chalkboard - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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Here they have part of the tea set with greens and ribbon. How original!

Tip: place small pads that go on the bottom of chair legs on the back to prevent it from banging against the door.

20 Alternatives to Wreaths - silver tray and garland with silver creamer - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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Combine the tray with grapevine, burlap and faux flowers for a pretty farmhouse look.

 

20 Alternatives to Wreaths for Fall and Winter - Round silver tray welcome sign - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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8. Burlap Bags

So cute. You can do these smaller ones or how about one big one?

 

20 Alternatives to Wreaths for Fall and Winter - burlap bags forming a wreath - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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How about a big one for Christmas with greens?

20 Alternatives to Wreaths for Fall and Winter - large burlap bag - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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9. Shutters

So pretty and festive!

 

20 Alternatives to Wreaths for Fall and Winter - cute shutter with bells - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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20 Alternatives to Wreaths for Fall or Winter - rustic swag on shutter - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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10. Pine Branch Swag

 

20 Alternatives to Wreaths for Fall and Winter - Pine branch spray - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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I love these bells! You may just see these at my house if I can find them. 🙂

20 Alternatives to Wreaths for Fall and Winter - greenery swag with bells - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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20 Alternatives to Wreaths for Fall and Winter - green swag - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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11. Ice Skates

 

20 Alternatives to Wreaths for Fall and Winter - ice skate wreath - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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20 Alternatives to Wreaths for Fall and Winter - skate wreath alternative - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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20 Alternatives to Wreaths for Fall and Winter - Ice skates wreath - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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12. Mittens

 

20 Alternatives to Wreaths for Fall and Winter - Mittens with greens - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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How about a combination of wood and mittens…

20 Alternatives to Wreaths for Fall and Winter - Wooden plank and mittens - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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13.  Rakes

 

20 Alternatives to Wreaths for Fall and Winter - rake wreath - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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20 Alternatives to Wreaths for Fall and Winter - Fall rake wreath - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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14. Baskets

I tried one of these in the spring and loved it and then used it again in the fall by changing up the colors. You can see those HERE and HERE.

So pretty…

20 Alternatives to Wreaths for Fall and Winter - Basket with rope hanger - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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20 Alternatives to Wreaths for Fall and Winter - Basket with red ribbon - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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I love the mini skates. 🙂

 

 

20 Alternatives to Wreaths for Fall and Winter - Basket with mini skates - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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15. Mirrors

This is one of my favorites.

 

 

20 Alternatives to Wreaths for Fall and Wnter - mirror wreath - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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20 Alternatives to Wreaths - ornate mirror - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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16. Pine Cone Swags

These look super easy. You can use ribbon, burlap or twine to hang them. Hang them by themselves or with greens or ornaments.

 

20 Alternatives to Wreaths for Fall and Winter - pine cone swag with burlap - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

20 Alternatives to Wreaths for Fall and Winter - pinecone swag with checkered ribbon - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

20 Alternatives to Wreaths for Fall and Winter - pinecone wreath with greens and icicles - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

17. Grapevine

So pretty!

 

20 Alternatives to Wreaths for Fall and Winter - grapevine and pine swag - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

20 Alternatives to Wreaths - grapevine and greens - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

18. Letters

 

 

20 Alternatives to Wreaths for Fall and Winter - initial wreath - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

20 Alternatives to Wreath for Fall and Winter - White wooden letter wreath - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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20 Alternatives for a Wreath for Fall and Winter - Letters for Wreaths - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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19. Tins

 

20 Alternatives to a wreath for Fall and Winter - Metal container - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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20 Alternatives to wreaths for fall and winter - rusty tin with cotton branches - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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20. Wooden Boxes

 

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20 Alternatives to a wreath for fall and winter - dark Wooden box - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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I love all of these ideas! I’m definitely inspired to do something different this year. I hope you are too. If you have decorated with something other than a wreath in the past or plan on using something unique for your front door this year, I would love to see it!

Make it your own!

Col

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Fall Front Porch Tour and DIY Birch Ladder - Farmhouse - Life on Kaydeross Creek

DIY Birch Ladder & Fall Porch Tour

Hey everyone! The leaves have turned even more this week and the weather has been gorgeous for this time of year. It was a great week to be outside soaking up the last bit of warmth. I took that opportunity to decorate our porch and today I’ll be sharing it with you along with 7 other bloggers who have also “prettied up” their spaces.   This year we kept the porch decor simple but added a really fun element and, of course, a DIY project. The best part is it was FREE. 🙂

 

Fall Front Porch and DIY Birch Ladder - Flowers - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

The Project:

I enlisted my partner in crime for this project as I do most projects. I’ve said it before, he is an enabler. I say “I’d like to do (insert project here)” and he says “OK, maybe we can do it this way”. I’m very lucky 🙂

He started by collecting some branches for me.
DIY Birch Tree Ladders - Rustic Fall Farmhouse Home Tour - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I measured the area of the porch where I wanted to put the ladder to figure out the best height and width and then we got to cutting.  We used the chop saw for this.

 

 

Once the pieces were cut to length, he trimmed up the little branches.

 

DIY Birch Tree Ladder - Trimming the pieces -Rustic Fall Farmhouse Home Tour - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Then we laid the poles out on the deck. I wanted the top to be slightly narrower than the bottom.

 

Fall Porch Tour -DIY Birch Tree Ladder - Adding the pieces -Rustic Fall Farmhouse Home Tour - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I decided on 4 rungs and we measured the width for each one an equal distance apart.  The we used screws to attach them to the poles.

 

DIY Birch Tree Ladder - Adding the rungs -Rustic Fall Farmhouse Home Tour - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

DIY Birch Tree Ladder - with rungs -Rustic Fall Farmhouse Home Tour - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

That’s it. Once they were screwed together we were good to go. I thought about wrapping the joints with twine and I may still do that.  I really like the texture this DIY birch ladder adds to the porch. The other one I’ll use out in the lean-to.

 

Fall Porch Tour and DIY Birch Ladder - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I wanted to keep the rest of the decor budget friendly so I used only what I had on hand except for the mums. I love orange mums in the fall!  A few faux pumpkins are great and easy to store from year to year.

The basket on the door was a DIY project using a thrift store find. You can see that here. I simply changed out the flowers and repainted “Welcome” in orange.

 

Fall Front Porch and DIY Birch Ladder - Flower Basket - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Fall Front Porch Tour and DIY Birch Ladder - Farmhouse - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

So there you have it. A budget friendly yet warm and welcoming entry for your friends and family. Now on to the rest of the Fall Porch Tour! So much inspiration on one place. 🙂  Enjoy!

 

 

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Happy DIY’ing!

Col

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Fall DIY Projects - Create unique and budget friendly fall decor projects with one plaid shirt. The banner is so cute!

Budget Friendly Fall DIY Projects

Today a few of my blogger friends and I are bringing you some trash to treasure Fall DIY projects.  I LOVE fall and I definitely love a good upcycle! Usually I like to rescue a thrift store piece of furniture but this time I went with a fabric project.  The fabric started out as a boys plaid shirt and I paid a whopping $1 to turn it into 3 budget friendly Fall DIY Projects. This post contains affiliate links, see my full disclosure here.

 

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So for these projects I picked up this plaid shirt for, no joke, $1 at my favorite go-to thrift store. I love the orange and blue in this plaid.  Once I washed it and laid it out, I broke down how I would use it to make the most of the fabric.

Fall DIY Project - Plaid Shirt becomes three budget friendly fall craft projects

I started with the pumpkin. What you’ll need:

I had a pumpkin that I had picked up at the Dollar Store last year and planned to wrap it in the fabric. I cut the arm off of the shirt and then down the seam to open it up.

I removed the plastic stem and placed the pumpkin on the fabric and cut the piece in a circle around the pumpkin so it just came up to the top. I cut out a triangle shape on one side so that when you wrap the pumpkin it doesn’t bunch up too much.

 

Fall DIY Project - How to turn and old shirt into three different projects. A great way to make one of a kind pieces for your fall decor.

 

I laid it out and sprayed the pumpkin with spray adhesive. I started by pulling the fabric up to the pumpkin with the shortest piece in the “V” first and then little by little folding a bit here and there.  I tried to get the fabric in the groves as much as possible.

The spray adhesive works great but where it didn’t stick at the top and in between the layers of fabric, I touched it up with the trusty glue gun. Then I took a large pair of scissors and opened up the whole where the plastic stem had been to make room for the twig.  I finished it off with some twine.

 

Fall DIY Project - Pumpkin made from a plaid shirt. A great way to use an old shirt and create cute fall decor on a budget.

 

The next project was the book cover. What you’ll need:

I started by cutting out the back of the shirt and leaving about an inch all the way around the book.  I placed the book on top of the fabric open so that the fabric covered all sides. I cut notches where the binding is but left about 1/4 of an inch to tuck into the cover. The I started by using the hot glue gun on the sides.  I trimmed up the sides where there was extra fabric so that it wouldn’t bunch.

 

Fall DIY Projects - Plaid covered Book. A great way to use an old, unworn shirt and create unique fall decor pieces. Budget friendly too!

 

It doesn’t really matter what the inside looks like because you’ll never see it. It is important, though, not to pull the fabric too tight or the pattern will be off on the edge of the book and the book will not sit flat.

 

Fall DIY Project - Covered Book

 

The third Fall DIY project, the FALL pennant, took a bit longer.  What you’ll need:

I started by using the card stock to cut a pattern for the pennant pieces. I used the marker to trace around the pattern on the fabric making sure to place it in a way to make the most use of the space.

 

Fall DIY Project - Pieces of an old plaid shirt are used to create a Fall pennant. What a great way to utilize and unworn shirt and create cute and unique fall decor. Budget friendly too!

 

I cut out the pieces and broke out the stencils. I used regular craft paint for the letters.

 

Fall DIY Projects - Stencils are used to spell out FALL on this cute pennant. What a great way to utilize this unworn shirt and create budget friendly, one of a kind fall decor.

 

Once the pieces were dry, I lined them up on a long piece of twine and attached them at the top using the glue gun.  I made sure to separate them evenly about an inch or so. I left enough twine at both ends to tie it in place.

 

Fall DIY Projects - Stencils are used to spell out FALL on this cute pennant. What a great way to utilize this unworn shirt and create budget friendly, one of a kind fall decor.

 

So three projects made with one shirt that cost $1.

 

Fall DIY Projects - Three crafts made from one shirt. A great way to add unique fall decor to your home on a budget.

 

 

Fall DIY Projects - Three crafts made from one shirt. A great way to add unique fall decor to your home on a budget.

 

 

Fall DIY Projects - Create unique and budget friendly fall decor projects with one plaid shirt. The banner is so cute!

 

Fall DIY Projects - Create unique and budget friendly fall decor projects with one plaid shirt. The banner is so cute!

 

 

 

Fall DIY Projects - How to create three fall projects from one button down shirt. Unique, budget friendly fall decor.

 

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Happy DIY’ing!

Create an easy Fall centerpiece and tablescape with this easy project. Life on Kaydeross Creek

Fall Decor – Three Simple DIY Projects

Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year! I love the crisp cool mornings, the beautiful color of the trees in the Northeast and pumpkin spice anything. Break out the boots and sweaters!! I can’t wait to break out the fall decor!

 

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This isn’t our creek. It’s actually the Cedar River in Indian Lake, NY up in the Adirondack Mountains. The leaves turn much earlier up there, about 1.5 hours north of where we live, and in the blink of an eye they are gone. This was such a beautiful day.

Hanging out by the water, the kids having a ball. ATV rides, hikes through the beautiful woods, camp fire at night. It doesn’t get any better!

Spending the entire weekend up there in the outdoors with the family really inspired me to get busy decorating. The fall has been so busy with Birthdays, sports and other kid activities that I haven’t gotten to it yet. But now I am ready. When I decorate for any holiday, I usually keep it centered around a few key pieces that I carry over from year to year. This year I did the same but bought a few new things.
I also usually like to do some DIY projects of course. This year I chose 3 really simple projects that I would love to share with you. They are inexpensive and not terribly time consuming. These are the projects and a sneak peak at the fall house tour coming soon. This post contains affiliate links. See my disclosure policy here.
#1. Rustic chalkboard. What you’ll need: 

This one can be used for any season.  I have seen slabs like this painted as pumpkins too, which is really cute. We are fortunate that we have wood to use for projects like this (and some others I will share soon in upcoming posts) around our house. We heat our house primarily with the wood stove so my hubby is great with a chainsaw!

 

DIY Fall Decor Projects - How to create three easy Fall Decor Projects on a budget

 

This is how it started out. It was a bit rough so I used the palm sander on it to smooth it out. When it was really smooth, clean and dry, I painted on the chalkboard paint in a circle almost to the edge of the bark.  I used a 1″ angled brush which really helped form the circle. Then I drilled holes evenly on the top to string the twine so I cold hang it.

 

So there it is. So easy and I can use it for any season…

 

chalkboard slab

 

#2. Faux mercury glass pumpkin. What you’ll need: 

 

This DIY Fall decor project is one I had planned for awhile ever since I picked up this glass pumpkin at a thrift store over the summer for fifty cents. I had used the Krylon Looking Glass spray before and this piece was perfect for it.

 

glass pumpkin before rs

 

You’ll be spraying the paint on the inside but it’s important to give the piece a good cleaning inside and out. I’m not going to go into the whole process for getting the mercury glass look because there are a bunch of tutorials you can find on Youtube. Here is a really easy one to follow…

 

 

So I followed the process, sprayed the inside, dabbed with the cloth and this is the final product…

 

Mercury Glass pumpkin created using looking glass spray. An easy and inexpensive project for fall decor. Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

Mercury Glass pumpkin created using looking glass spray. An easy and inexpensive project for fall decor. Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

So cute and easy. I love a little bit of bling that it adds.  If this type of project is not up your ally but you really like the look, you can find something similar here.
#3. Painted Paper Mache’ Pumpkins. What you’ll need: 

I love the look of real pumpkins but hate spending the money. I know, I know but we are spoiled because we grow them in the garden every year but for some reason, this year they didn’t do well and we only got a few. I figured if I had to buy pumpkins at least a few of them could be DIY projects that I could use for fall decor each year so I picked up these cute pumpkins at Michael’s.

 

paper mache

 

They needed quite a few coats of paint. I used chalk paint to get a softer, more matte look. I went with white this time instead of orange because I was leaning toward a neutral theme.

 

A simple craft project with these painted paper mache pumpkins help to create a unique fall centerpiece. Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

For the stems, I decided to wrap them in twine and then glued the pinecones on with the hot glue gun. The neutral colors work perfect in the tablescape in the dining room…

 

Simple paper mache pumpkin projects help create a unique and easy Fall Tablescape. Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

Create an easy Fall centerpiece and tablescape with this easy project. Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Three simple, quick fall decor projects that didn’t break the bank. Stay tuned for the full Fall House Tour coming soon!! What’s your next project? Does it involve pumpkins? 🙂

Happy DIY’ing!

Col