DIY Café Shelving for Seasonal Décor

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Kara of Creations by Kara says she had been wanting to spruce up the area above her kitchen desk for ages. She found the perfect solution in Ballard’s café shelves and followed friend Shelley from House of Smith’s simple tutorial. All you need is a board, some trim pieces, and a couple of corbels. If you are a sucker for holiday vignettes and seasonal decorating, these shelves provide the perfect platform!

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Large Vintage Schoolhouse Framed Chalkboard

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Melanie of The French Cottage had been holding onto a tear-out of a Restoration Hardware chalkboard for years. However, she says her “inner frugalista” would not allow her to spend $499 on a chalkboard. Melanie also knew she could build her own chalkboard for much less and did just that for $50, which isn’t too shabby for a ginormous framed chalkboard. The fact that this chalkboard has a vintage schoolhouse look makes it perfect for Melanie’s son’s playroom. It’s a piece that both mommas and children can enjoy!

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Easy Pom-Pom Tassel Pillow

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Melissa from The Inspired Room isn’t ashamed to admit that she’s got a major crush on all things Anthropologie! When she saw a fun pom-pom pillow there, Melissa knew she wanted one AND that she could make it for less. Melissa just used a pillow cover she already had and stitched on some pom-pom trim. Super simple and super cute!

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Decorative Gold Spheres from Clay

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Decorative spheres are a fun way to add interest to a bookshelf or tabletop. Shelley from Crazy Wonderful saw some from West Elm that she thought were pretty stinkin’ cool – just not at $70 for a pair! Shelley instead sculpted her own from clay and finished them in gold  just like her inspiration. I love how metallic spray paint can give an inexpensive material like clay such a beautiful, lustrous finish. You’d never know they aren’t real metal!

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Appliqued Deer Silhouette Pillow

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Jessica from Sew Homegrown created this deer head silhouette pillow to add a little festivity to her couch. Jessica’s hubs drew a pattern (that has kindly been made available to Jessica’s readers), which Jessica traced and cut from a colorful, textured fabric. She then used a dense zigzag stitch to sew the deer to the front square of the pillow. Like Jessica, I love that this pillow is seasonal without being too Christmas-y, so you don’t have to pack it up with the rest of your Christmas decorations.

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DIY Herringbone Floor Mirror

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Justin and Kayla from Home Coming are DIY and home bloggers with a lot of love for updating a house on a budget. Combine Justin’s handiness with Kayla’s creativity, and you’ve got a DIY team made in heaven! The couple has been updating their 1920′s Minneapolis house, and their latest project is this oversized floor mirror. Kayla fell in love with the West Elm version, but at $540, it wasn’t in their budget. But with $36 (and 13 hours), Justin and Kayla created their own beautiful rendition!

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Indian Corn Candle Holder

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Here’s a quick and simple idea for your Thanksgiving table or fall mantel from Debbie at Confessions of a Plate Addict. Debbie surrounded a glass cylinder with miniature Indian corn to create a pretty fall candle holder. Since the corn is just secured with a rubber band, you can easily remove it and redecorate the cylinder for each season.

 

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Thanksgiving Boat Place Holders

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Here’s a really cute Thanksgiving idea from Ashley at Simply Designing. With just a bit of felt and a little hand-stitching, she made these little pilgrim boats filled with candy. Wouldn’t these make darling place holders at the “kid’s table?” You could also fill them with small gourds or pinecones if the candy might prevent your little ones from “gobbling” up their turkey.

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