How was your weekend? I had a great weekend. It started out by getting up early Saturday morning and doing what I do every week. I go and do Bountiful Baskets. It is something that I enjoy, even if I don’t get to sleep in on Saturday mornings. Then it was followed up by having the opportunity to learn and listen to the Apostles and Prophet from our church. Every six months we have the chance to listen to General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I look forward to it every April and October. So my weekend was lovely staying home, spending time with my family and enjoyed listening and watching General Conference. I hope your weekend was wonderful as well.
Do you decorate your front porch for the seasons or holidays? My husband and I have been married for just over 11 years, and I’ve probably decorated our porch about half as many years as we’ve been married. This is the first time I’ve done it in the three years that we’ve been living in this house, and I’m so excited about it!
This whole idea came about because I found these cute arrows at The Wood Connection. They have them decorated really cute for Halloween, but I decided to go with a fall theme that I could leave out during September, October, and November.
I had so much fun making these! It was one of those projects that I could see in my head, and it was coming together just how I pictured it. To do the signs, I started by painting them all the colors that I wanted them, and then I used my Cricut to cut some contact paper to make my stencils. (NOTE: I wouldn’t recommend using contact paper. If I did it again, I’d use vinyl, because it doesn’t leave a sticky residue on the wood when you peel it off.) Once I had my stencils on, I just painted them. I painted them all a cream color for the words, but decided that the cream color was too close to the gold color I used and didn’t think it would be very visible, so I went over that one again with brown. Then I distressed them all. After I had all the signs done, I used wood glue to glue them to my stake. I hope it holds up well being outside.
We had to go on a little bit of a hunt to find a straw bail, but now we know where to find them! I wouldn’t recommend putting it inside your car to haul it home tho. 🙂 I never did see how messy the car was, because we got home and my sweet husband took the straw out of the car and then took the car to vacuum it out!
The corn stalks are from our garden, and we also grew all of the pumpkins in our garden. This was the first year that we planted a garden, and we were pretty excited with how well it did.
Here is a closer look at the distressing, ribbons and rafia on the arrows. “Corn Patch” was the one that has two colors for the letters and I think it adds so much when it is distressed.
I used my electric sander for the distressing. It worked great, but I got a little carried away on one and had to repaint and resand. It turned out alright, but I wish I just wouldn’t have messed it up in the first place. Oh well.
I’m excited to have this fun fall display greet anyone who comes to our home (anyone but solicitors 😉 ), and it makes me excited to see it anytime I go in or out of the front door. 🙂 I’d love to see what your front porch looks like, is it all decorated for Halloween, or do you stick with fall decor. Feel free to leave a link in the comments, or post a picture or your porch on The Happy Scraps FB page.
Lauras Crafty Life says
I love these signs. They are so cute. I really like that you didn’t make them holiday specific so you can just leave them out. I try to do my fall decor that way, but I do have some special things I pull out just for October! 🙂
Amy C says
I have tons of Halloween stuff I get out for October. But I start “fall” decorating in September, and then pull it down for October, then put it back up for November. It’s a lot of work This year, I decided to leave all the fall decor out and add the Halloween to it. 🙂 We’ll see how it goes.
Living the Scream says
This is an adorable idea!!!! I love the arrows, I really need to decorate more. Sometimes I get so caught up on planning halloween costumes for my kids that I forget to decorate my house.
Jess from Coxs Corner says
I love it! It’s so cute!
This is such a cute idea! This is the first year that I’ve been into decorating, so I’ll have to keep this in mind for next fall!
Very cute! This is the first year since we’ve been married that I’ve even put up Fall/Halloween decorations. Baby steps, baby steps! But I am definitely inspired by your front porch – love it!
Gina Baker says
Very cute! Do you want to come do my front porch too? 🙂 I especially love the weathering on the signs.
Super cute! I love the colors of the signs. I like to see people who still decorate even though they don’t have a big space….that’s the same boat I’m in.
Hi Amy, this is tooo cute, I am totally stealing this idea for our front porch (for next year though) our house is still being built and we won’t be moving in until the beginning of December. I found your wonderful link through “whatever goes Wednesdays” over at Someday Crafts. Have a great day! 🙂 – Jill from dreamingallday.com
More Sister Stuff says
Love this!! So so cute!!! I love the colors as well! Thanks for sharing! http://moresisterstuff.blogspot.com/
Everything looks great! I am new follower from Lil Luna Link Party. Hugs, Shelly from http://www.shellybailey.blogspot.com
Steph @ Crafting in the Rain says
Love it–the sign is great too!
Michele Alger says
These are fantastic! I LOVE it! I’m thinking one like that would look great on my porch…I have just the right wood for it. Thank you for the wonderful idea! 😉
Lindsay @Artsy-Fartsy Mama says
LOVE!!! You did an amazing job!
Thanks so much for sharing at Artsy Corner! Hope to see you again this week 🙂
Love this cute signs! Thanks for the idea, I love fall especially for cute decorations! I’m a new follower, feel free to stop by and follow back! http://www.iheartpears.blogspot.com
I love the signs! Thanks for sharing this on ‘Or so she says…’ at last week’s link party! I would love to have you add the party to your list and stop back to share more of your great ideas. There’s actually a party going on right now (it’s every Saturday through Tuesday.) Thanks a bunch! ~ Mariel http://www.oneshetwoshe.com
[email protected]. Made. Interest. says
I love The Wood Connection and I love what you did with the arrows. So cute! I agree it’s nice to do a project you can leave out for longer than a month. great job 🙂
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Such a cute fall sign! Love it with your bales of hay and pumpkins!
Amy | The Happy Scraps says
Thank you Heidi!