Other than Christmas, do you change the accessories in your home to fit the season - spring/summer flowers and accessories for spring/summer, fall accessories for fall and holiday decorations for the winter holidays? I always have and probably always will because I like it that way. It just makes sense to me that the inside decor matches the season of the out of doors. OCD? Probably.
Since today is the last official day of summer and fall is rapidly approaching, I have been working on making the transition indoors. All the summer decorations are being changed for fall decorations as I create them. Our new home, the little yellow cottage, is getting all new decorations because creating is a very joyous experience for me. Yes, there are pumpkins and pots of mums sitting on the deck waiting for their assigned places out of doors, but first I want to finish the interior. First things first - that's the way I like it.
At the moment, I am in my burlap phase. All artists go through phases and this is mine at the moment. First, it's inexpensive and second, it has so much potential. I bought two yards of red burlap when I made my fall wall hanging knowing I would use it for something. I liked the wall hanging so much, I decided to make a runner for the table out of some of the remaining fabric. The runner is 18 inches wide and two yards long. The edges are unfinished and there are painted stencils going down the center of the runner. Easy, inexpensive and creative.
I thought about what I wanted on the runner and the thought of being grateful kept running through my mind. So, I stenciled the phrase "Always Giving Thanks" in the middle of the runner as we try to always live in a state of gratitude. I wanted the runner to be used through Thanksgiving, so I went with a fall harvest/cornucopia look. Brown craft paper is great for inexpensive stencils that will only be used a couple of times, so I traced some of the artificial fall leaves I have on hand, cut an apple in half and traced it, googled images of acorns and drew one, and drew a small pumpkin. I cut the center out of all the drawings to make stencils. Quick and easy - my two favorite words. If you don't feel comfortable drawing stencils, just find images on your computer and print them out. The grapes were made with a round foam one inch "stomp". It makes perfect circles and gives the bunches of grapes depth and dimension.
Paint colors used were pumpkin orange, santa red, leaf green, hunter green, chocolate brown, dandelion yellow, purple pearl, eggplant and black. All you need are the little bottles of acrylic paint available in any craft store. Other supplies needed are a stencil brush, thin liner brush, foam stomp, and something to cover your table so you don't get paint on it. I used a plastic trash bag.
Start by pinning a stencil to the runner with some straight pins. I did leaves first, then acorns, grapes, apple, and pumpkins. Start on the outside edge of the leaf stencil with whatever color you want to use and paint the outside 1/3 of the leaf one color. Work toward the center of the leaf with a second color and complete the center with a third color. If you start with orange, work to red then yellow. You want the colors to be as natural as possible. Nothing is ever just one color. Don't be afraid to mix colors, it gives you depth, texture and dimension.
The brown leaf above was started with brown, then green and the center in yellow. It makes everything much more interesting that way.
The grapes were done with the eggplant paint on the top part of the cluster and then the purple pearl was used on the bottom to give contrast. The apple was painted yellow and then shaded from the top down with red. The pumpkin was painted solid orange and the stem was done in brown and highlighted with dark green and yellow. After all the paint was dry, I went back with the little linter brush and added veins to the leaves and lines were added to the pumpkins. All the stems were highlighted with green or yellow. The acorns received a little shadow under the "cap" to show separation and depth. Don't be afraid to trust your instincts. I am not Monet or Van Gogh, but I love the way my runner turned out!
Stenciling is very easy. Just make sure the stencil is snug to the fabric using pins or tape. Use an up and down pouncing motion. I like to work from the outside in, that way you get nice crisp edges. Remove the stencil once the paint is partially dry. I would complete one object, then move on to the next image I wanted to place on the runner.
This is an easy and inexpensive project. You can choose whatever design you want to put on your runner. We now have a lovely table runner and the adorable candy corn tea lite holders from last night's post. It's going to be a good fall!
What could be more fun than creating your own personal table runner to use in your home or to give as a gift? Give it a try, you can do it! And, you will feel so satisfied knowing you created something lovely and meaningful out of something as humble as burlap. Get that creativity out and use it as often as you can!
Things to Remember:
Gratitude is an Attitude!