• Christina Rice

DIY: Fall Door Decor for Under $35

Fall is my favorite season of the year. I celebrate the yellow, orange and the occasional, deep red leaves. I welcome the cooler nights, light candles smelling like baked goods, and I dust off the crockpot for dinners consisting of hearty soups and stews.


I wanted to show my love for fall this year, but I didn't feel like using the same, old fall wreath, besides it's tucked away in storage anyway. It could be Christmas by the time I make it there, so I decided to make new festive decor for the door.


You could easily make something similar if you're in need of fall decor for your door. I'll lay out what I used below, how many items I purchased and the approximate cost in case you're inspired to create something of your own.


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My inspiration started after coming across a sweet little door with a string of danglings sunflowers that I saw on Pinterest.


I knew I could make something like this. I was in the mood for something fresh and different from the usual wreath. I've also have been wanting to make my own doormat for a while now, so I popped over to Joann Fabrics (my playground) and rummaged through the florals and vines to see what I could find.


I immediately spotted these big, mum-like flower heads. Lucky for me, they were 50% off. I snatched up a creamy yellow, vibrant orange, and deep purple. The long vines were too predictable only consisting of fall leaves and bright orange berries. I purchased 7 of these flowers that clip on for $1.99 each (regularly priced $3.99).





Clip-on Mums

Next, I wanted a vine, of sorts. Looking through Joann's supply, I only spotted leaves, ivy and orange berries. That wasn't what I was envisioning, but I found some mini-wreaths that had cute berries, small acorns, and burlap leaves. That would do nicely, but I'd have to cut the rings to make them vines. No Problem. I purchased 5 mini-wreaths at $3.99 each (regularly priced at $7.99).



The finished product!

That was all I needed to complete my door decor, but I also wanted to stencil on a straw-colored welcome mat. Luckily, in the stencil section, I found a welcome mat on sale for $7.79 (regularly priced at $12.99). I grabbed some black stencil paint that was suitable for outdoor at $7.99. I knew I would have to either write freehand or create a stencil. I've seen those cute mats on Etsy that say, "Hello, Pumpkin," and I wanted one. I opted for "Hey there, Pumpkin," but either one was cute!



I used Word and printed on photo paper to create my stencil because I have a lot of photo paper that rarely gets used. I figured it would hold up to paint a little better than printer paper. I measure and placed the stencil carefully and used blue painters tape to hold it down. I used a firm brush to dap the paint into the firm straw of the mat.



I still would like to add real pumpkins and possibly a tall candle lantern to the door to complete the look, but I'm pleased with how the door is coming along. The colors make me smile, and I hope passers-by find a little joy if they catch a glimpse.


If you are inspired to make your own wreath, spray or door decor of another kind, I'd love to see what you do! Share it with me, please.


Happy Fall!

CHRISTINA RICE, REALTOR®

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