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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!

 

 

Rustic Fall Porch ToursSunday

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Creative Cain Cabin

The Tattered Pew

Loveland Lodge

Rustic Fall Porch Tours

Monday

A Blue Nest

Hood Creek Log Cabin

A Southern Discourse

Shine Your Light

 

 

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

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Life on Kaydeross Creek Farmhouse Fall Home Tour 2016

Farmhouse Fall Home Tour 2016

I’m thrilled today to finally be able to share my Fall Home Tour with you all!! It’s my absolute favorite time of year up in the Northeast with the crisp air and beautiful colors. If you’re at all like me however, as the days are growing shorter, time is flying by, especially with the kid’s busy fall schedules. It’s taken some time to get here but better late than never, right? So, come on in…

 

Farmhouse Fall Home Tour - Making an entrance - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

This Fall Home Tour is all about warm texture, layering old and new pieces and adding small pops of color. I kept the entryway pretty simple and left the milking stool the same, (you can see that project here) and just added some fall touches with the pumpkins from our garden.

 

Farmhouse Fall Home Tour Entryway - Natural Elements and texture create a warm space - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

The foyer opens right up into our family room and my favorite part of the house. The mantel is always fun to decorate but a bit of a challenge with the height. I love the color and texture the hydrangeas add to the space mixed with the blue and grey of the stone and the browns of the sifting screen which I picked up in Brimfield. I try to bring something in from the outdoors throughout the year not only because it’s plentiful but mostly because it’s FREE. Books are a go to for height and in this case I used black for balance.

 

Farmhouse Fall Home Tour - Natural Element - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I made the Gather sign from an old sign I picked up at a thrift store for $1. It just needed a good cleaning and a couple coats of paint. I created a stencil using Microsoft Word by printing the letters on card stock and then cutting them out with an Exacto knife. Tedious but effective.

Before:

How to create fall farmhouse decor from a thrift store find. - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

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Farmhouse Fall Home Tour Stone Fireplace. Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

The Family room is the center of our home.  When you come down the stairs in the morning you see the trees and sky outside and I love the way the neutral decor blends in with the outdoors.

 

Farmhouse Fall Home Tour with layers of texture and pops of color - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I also love mixing new and old pieces. I found this round screen at Brimfield on my last trip and used it as a tray on the coffee table. I also found the pulley at Brimfield and added it with the candlestick from Target and the woven pumpkin and pillows are from Homegoods.

 

Farmhouse Fall Home Tour - layering old pieces with new creates a unique space. Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

You can see the mix of old and new here as well. The antique camera I got at a garage sale and I made the key art which you can see here. The October saying is a printable I found on line at On Sutton Place. I love the gold frame that it’s in. It mixes so nice with the orange and brown fall colors.

 

Farmhouse Fall Home Tour - Natural Elements, layers and pops of color - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

Farmhouse Fall Home Tour - Natural Elements and layering creates a warm space - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I love the way the orange pops against the gray walls in the dining room.

 

Farmhouse Fall Home Tour - Dining room centerpiece - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I didn’t include any vignettes from the kitchen because that is another project coming soon with some inexpensive updates I have to share. Also coming up is some fun projects for the outdoors. Speaking of outdoors, one of my favorite spots on the property, the Adirondack bridge. You can see that project here.

 

Farmhouse Fall Home Tour 2016 - Our Adirondack Bridge in the fall. Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

And lastly a view from the driveway…

 

Farmhouse Fall Home Tour 2016 - Welcome - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I hope you enjoyed the Farmhouse Fall Home Tour today.  Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you’ll stay tuned for some fun projects coming soon. 🙂

Happy DIY’ing!

Colleen

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Life on Kaydeross Creek Farmhouse Fall Home Tour 2016

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.

 

Trash to Treasure Fall Decor Blog Hop

 

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.

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Happy DIY’ing!