20 DIY Projects & Recipes to Welcome Fall


I'm a typical Great Lakes girl who loves having her four seasons, my favorite being fall. To celebrate the beginning of cooler weather and a changing menu of in-season items, here are 15 projects and recipes to inspire you.

DIY Succulent Grapevine Wreath



I wanted to freshen up my front door for spring, but all of the wreaths I had my eye on were a little out of budget. I wanted something simple and organic in style. It was only on a whim while at a craft store that this grapevine wreath caught my eye. I quickly found a roll of faux moss and a few very realistic faux succulents, bringing the total of this project to less than $12!

Price breakdown:

  • Grapevine wreath: $4.99
  • Faux succulent stem: $3.99
  • Faux moss roll: $2.99
It helps that I already had some hot glue and wire cutters at home, but those weren't even really necessary for this project.

Materials

  • Grapevine wreath
  • faux moss roll
  • faux succulents with wire stems
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun
  • wire cutters
The first step is to secure the faux moss to the back of the wreath. You can either tie it to a stem, or add a dot of hot glue and attach it.



The next step is to wrap the faux moss all the way around the width of the wreath until you have gone all the way around. Tie off again to attach end of moss roll to wreath, or hot glue the end to the back of the wreath.

This particular moss had thin tendrils hanging off it, which I wrapped around other twigs around the wreath and tied off:

Next, it's time to attach the succulents. 


There are two ways to do this:

1. Cut wire stems off the succulents and hot glue the succulents bases to the front of the wreath
2. Leave the stems on; stick the stems through the front of the wreath and bend them to hold their places. Hot glue the base of the succulent to secure if necessary.


You can add as many or as few succulents as you'd like! I didn't want my wreath to be overstated, so I stuck to just three succulents.  


After all glue is cooled, your wreath is ready for hanging!


Win a Copy of My New Book, Creative Cut Cards!


It's finally here! This was a big project of mine last summer, and it's a thrill to finally hold it in my hands. Creative Cut Cards from Lark Crafts features 35 paper cut greeting card tutorials, including 10 of my own designs! This book is such  rich resource for those who love making greeting cards. The beauty of these particular projects is that you don't have to buy expensive embellishments, stamps, stickers, etc.; most of these cards simply require card stock; paper; adhesive; and a craft knife.



Each of these projects includes full color photos; complete instructions; and real-size templates to help you get a perfect cut!


The best part? I'm giving away a free, signed copy to celebrate! It's really easy to enter:

The giveaway is on my Instagram account. You have two ways to enter, or you could do both to double your chances:

1. Follow me on Instagram and like this photo:
or
2. Tag a friend in the comments of this photo:

πŸŽ‰It's giveaway time!πŸŽ‰ You can win a signed copy of this book, Creative Cut Cards: 35 card-making tutorials with photos and templates! TO ENTER: choose one method, or both to double your chances: 1. Follow me @theashleypahl & like this photo; OR 2. Tag a friend in the comments below. To win, you must have a U.S. address and 18 or older. Giveaway ends at noon EST on April 5th 2016. Per Instagram rules, I must tell you that Instagram is in no way sponsoring, affiliated with, or administering this giveaway. . . #giveaway #instagramgiveaway #contest #instagramcontest #ashleypaper #CreativeCutCards #makersgonnamake #getcrafty #creativityfound #paperlove #papercutting #greetingcards #diy #win #instabook #creative #abmcrafty #lovetocreate #stationeryaddict #stationery #stationerylove #papercut #etsy
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The giveaway ends tomorrow, April 5th. Open only to U.S. residents age 18 and older.

If you don't win, check out Creative Cut Cards on Amazon or Barnes and Noble, now available!

Follow me on Instagram: @TheAshleyPahl

Easy Ways to Update Your Home Decor For Spring - DIY & Handmade


When Spring begins I cannot resist the urge to freshen up the house - maybe it's the months of mud, darkness, and closed windows from the cold. Here are five easy DIY projects or handmade products that can help lighten and brighten your home:



1. Add more color indoors with a pretty pattern

This is a project I haven't tried yet, but I am seriously considering for my kitchen. The possibilities for a wall stencil are absolutely endless, between the thousands of patterns and paint colors out there. This trellis stencil from J. Boutique Stencils is one of my current favorites, and at the top of my list for my own home.


2. Paint your front door

Pick a freh new color! I painted our front door a light, spring-y green color two years ago, and I still love it. I had never painted a door before in my life, but with this method I think it turned out well. See how I did it here.


3. Replace an old, heavy coat rack with light and colorful wall hooks

Wooden wall hooks that are clean, simple, and singular can make a space feel so much lighter. I like that these wall hooks by Loop Design Studio look lovely on a wall, whether something is hung on them or not! My first inclination was to put them in an entryway, but wouldn't they be pretty in a bedroom or bathroom, too?


4. Let in the light with new curtains

One of the first things I usually do in Spring is move around the curtains. I tend to have heavier, darker curtains for winter, but by March I am ready for something lighter. If you can't find what you're looking for already made, you can turn any beautiful fabric into a pair of no-sew curtains, like Sherry and John did for their daughter's nursery on Young House Love.


5. Finally. add some greenery

Who knew making a succulent wreath could be so simple? This wreath was made by Carmel Wreaths, and they offer a set of 25 healthy succulent cuttings that take root in 2-4 weeks, and the use for these plants does not end at wreaths! What else could you make with these gorgeous green plants?

Do you have any plans to update your decor this Spring? If so, what do you have in store for your home?


Watercolor Lilacs + More Floral Art


How about some fresh, spring colors to brighten up your winter day?

Lilacs are one of my favorite blooms. I have two lilac bushes in my backyard, and I just planted a third. When I started painting with watercolors again, the lilac bloom was my first muse.

From my backyard:


I ended up making a series of watercolor flowers. It started with a commission by my sister, who wanted some purple and gray flowers for her house. I already had the lilacs done, so I added allium and a dandelion puff into the mix:


Are you looking for some watercolor art for your own walls? The allium print and the dandelion print are available in my Society6 shop now!

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