DIY Pumpkin Fall Decor on a Dollar Tree Budget

Repurposed window 2 in 1 project for Fall decor.
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I wait all year for Fall to roll around and feel lost when it’s gone. To say it’s my favorite time of the year is an understatement. I just couldn’t wait for the Dollar Tree Store to put out all their Fall decor. So many things to play around with for $1. I found several felt placemats in multiple patterns that I quickly realized would make great stencils. One of the best hacks in my arsenal of tricks. So easy and hey, it was $1! SCORE! Fall decor!

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DIY Easy Dollar Tree Fall Decor

This chippy old window was a freebie when I purchased a chippy old door from a junk dealer. I paid a little more than I wanted to for the door, so the window sealed the deal. SCORE! The ideas were dancing in my head by now for Fall decor. I love old vintage mirrors and this old window would be perfect, plus it had great potential for being a two in one project. Read on.

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Project #1 Stencil Hack Fall Decor

Chalkboard spray paint is perfect to create a chalkboard from an old window.

After a quick sanding, cleaning and a tape job to protect all that chippy painted goodness, I used Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Spray Paint for the back of the window. Three coats were applied with ample drying time between coats. (always follow directions on the can)

This will be fun creating fall decor from this felt pumpkin from the dollar store.

After that, flipped the window over and added the STAR OF THE SHOW! The Dollar Tree felt table thingy. I know, genius, right? See where the two in one project are headed? Read on…

Repurposed window 2 in 1 project for Fall decor. #dododsondesigns #falldecor #diyproject #repurposedwindow #chalkboardI added a mixture of water and vinegar (50/50) to a spray bottle and adjusted the sprayer to just a bit more than a fine mist. I lightly sprayed the window with the mixture to leave water droplets lying on the glass.

Looking Glass Spray

I used looking glass spray on an old window to create a vintage mirror for fall decor. .

The looking glass spray is hard to find in stores where I live. So I found this one on Amazon. It works well!

I sprayed over the dollar store felt pumpkin to create a masking effect. Now, the magic begins! I used Krylon Looking Glass Silver spray paint and evenly coated the whole window. I just used one coat. Quickly you can see how the water and vinegar mixture repels the paint and remains bubbled on the surface of the window. The paint will dry very quickly, within a few minutes.

Using this dollar store felt pumpkin place-mat, I was able to create amazing fall decor items for my home. I used a paper towel to blot the surface very gently to remove the water after the paint had dried. It revealed a peekaboo effect from the chalkboard paint on the other side that gave it a beautiful aged, antiqued mirror look. Looking back, a soft cotton cloth would have been better. The paper towel was a bit rough. DO NOT wipe! It will scratch the surface and cause streaks. Trust me on this one. This was actually my second attempt. Read on…

Back to the Chalkboard

DIY chalkboard made from a re-purposed window for fall decor.Don’t miss this step or you’ll have ghosting! Ha! Well, what I meant to say is you need to prime your chalkboard before using it. If you miss this step, whatever you write on the board will leave a ghost impression even after erasing. To prevent ghosting, lay your chalk flat on the chalkboard painted surface and rub it all over the board. Rub the chalk into the board with a soft cloth or chalkboard eraser. I prefer the eraser because it leaves a light layer of chalk on the surface and makes for a beautiful, soft gray look on your board.

Vintage Mirrored Fall Decor

I love how I created fall decor with this re-purposed window. Vintage mirrored pumpkin Fall Decor! So stinking cute!

The Chalk Board For Fall Decorating

Re-purposed window 2 in 1 project for your fall decor.When I get tired of the vintage mirror, I simply flip it over and chalk a personal message. You just gotta love a good chalkboard! I can now use this window all year round. Indoors for a cute chalkboard or outdoors for Fall Decor. Wanna see more cool Fall stuff? CLICK HERE to watch the video of how it’s done.

Or this one…

You can create pumpkin signs galore for your fall decor.

Or this Fall Decor lovely!

I love how a simple stencil hack help me create this fun and stylish fall decor for my home.

 

Don’t leave yet. I have one more Fall decor idea to share. If you love all things pumpkin as I do…  CLICK HERE! I’d love to know your thoughts on this project too. Drop me a comment below.

Until the next project…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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