Fall Garland DIY

You’ll remember this garland from my fall mantel. Today I wanted to show you how easy it is to make your own. First, gather a few materials:


Get a selection of some fall-colored felts. You’ll also need twine or thread. I’ll tell you, probably the most difficult part of making this fall garland is threading twine onto the needle. Even though I chose the one with the biggest eye, it was still tricky.

felt leaves

Cut out a bunch of leaves from your felt. Although I made an effort to make them all fairly similar in size and shape, I didn’t go crazy with it. I like the charm of them all being a little bit different.

felt leaf

Once you finally get your needle threaded, stitch through each leaf. Once again, I didn’t go crazy making sure they all had the same number of stitches. It still looks good.

fall garland

I recommend cutting your twine to the correct size ahead of time, so it’s easier to know how many leaves you need and to know when your garland is finished.

fall garland close up

Then, hang it from your mantel. I love the variety of sizes and textures on these cute little leaves.

Fall Mantel

fall mantel

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: fall is my favorite time of year. And I always feel October is the epitome of the season. So I waited to do my fall mantel until just now.

I wanted to really focus on what I love about the fall, which mainly involves all of the great colors and the harvest.


Enter a big bowl of local apples in a gorgeous yellow bowl. I also included a big butternut squash to anchor the mantel.


I wanted a little bit of glitz and glamour, so I included my gold teapot. It fits in quite nicely with my fall subway art printable. Plus, it really calls to mind all of the yummy warm drinks I get to enjoy now that the weather is cooler: chai tea, apple cider, and hot cocoa.


And, of course, my favorite little bird. He manages to find a place in many of my mantels because he’s just so cute. You also notice my fall garland. I’ve got an easy DIY coming up on that, so you can make your own pretty garland.

What’s your favorite part of fall?

I Made It! Monday

The weather has turned quite cold and dreary here lately, in spite of what my fall photos seem to indicate. Yesterday, though, I relaxed by the fire and baked cookies. Erik and I started watching Call the Midwife. It was a lovely weekend. Hope your weekend was equally nice.

Here’s a great project from last week’s party:

pom pom garland

A simple project, but what a great idea for decorating a party! It’s a pom pom garland by Blooms and Bugs.

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Ninth Street Notions
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Fall in My Yard

Fall is my favorite season. It’s the absolute perfect time for taking walks and enjoying the changing colors. Here’s some developments from my neck of the woods:

corn stalkscreekgreen leavesleavesold chairpuffsred berriestree

Lemon Poppyseed Shortbread Cookies

I’m a big fan of cookies. They’re so quick and easy to bake up that I always get an amazing instant gratification. Plus, they’re small, so why not have two?

Not exactly sure where this idea came from, but I knew I wanted to make some yummy lemon poppyseed cookies. I’d never had them, but I was certain they’d be yummy.

Lemon Poppyseed Cookie

I will tell you, these are quite sweet. You only need one. And that’s probably okay. I won’t claim they’re at all healthy.

There’s just a subtle hint of lemon, and the buttery taste is deliciously rich. If you don’t like butter, don’t make these.

They’d be absolutely perfect for a tea party.


Lemon Poppyseed Cookies