Easy DIY Fall Garland

Pottery Barn Inspired DIY Fall Garland

After finishing my Z Gallerie inspired DIY canvas painting, I thought it would be cool to use the dry brush painting method onto a faux fiddle leaf garland. It wasn’t cool, it was a big fail – it looked so bad and was not what I wanted at all. So, after a quick brainstorm, I went back to a simple, tried and true technique to save my Pottery Barn inspired DIY fall garland, and now I LOVE it! You can do this technique to any faux plant, and in whatever colors you need!

Pottery Barn Inspired DIY Fall Garland

This “simple” project was supposed to be fun, easy, and beautiful… and it is all those things, but it didn’t start out that way. I decided to add a little fall décor to our bedroom and wanted a large-leaf garland to add some fall colors and the element of nature. Instead of paying hundreds of dollars for garland in all the right colors with the right vibe, I decided to makeover a bright green garland I found online. Seems easy enough, right? But if you’ve ever tried even one DIY project then you know that it usually doesn’t all go according to plan. And that’s OK because then we learn, grow, blah blah blah. But no, seriously, it isn’t fun when a DIY bombs, but in this case, I was able to revive my idea, and in the end, create something beautiful.

I searched high and low for a large fiddle leaf garland, and I was elated when I found this one on Etsy. The seller ships fast and it came in a box where it wasn’t squished – I highly recommend this Etsy shop. You may even have an old garland on-hand that needs new life, you can use any faux garland that you want. Before I started, I gave each leaf a light dusting using my blush chalk spray paint. I wanted to mute the bright green and create a rougher texture for the rest of the paint to stick to. You could you’re your garland with any color, but hold the can further away than normal and keep it even.

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The first technique I tried came from the dry brushing technique that worked well on my Z Gallerie inspired canvas wall art project. Watered down acrylic paint does not work and dry brushed acrylic paint also doesn’t work on garland. However, the cream acrylic paint did fade out the bright green leaves OK, but I didn’t want all the leaves the same color so I had to figure something out.

I considered adding more acrylic paint to the leaves, but when I remembered my left-over spray paint, I went that route. I ended up using a blush chalk spray paint, gold, and rose gold. If my light green leaves wouldn’t have looked good after my failed painting attempts, I would have picked up some mint chalk spray paint to add a soft green. I’m sure I couldn’t replicate this garland even if I tried, but I’m happy with my mistake. And in the future, I will just start with spray painting and save myself the mess and trouble of trying techniques that don’t work on faux plants.

I left my spray-painted garland outside for about 3 hours and that was long enough to air it out. I knew that this garland would be near our heads while we sleep so I wanted to make sure there wasn’t any leftover smell on it. I’m thinking this six-foot beauty will decorate our mantel next year, the front porch, or maybe the entryway… so many possibilities. I hope you enjoyed this post on my diy fail to something fabulous. If you’ve had a fail to fab project, please share in the comments below. Thank you!

Coming soon: Amazing Anthropologie Inspired Lamp Makeover

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Pottery Barn Inspired Halloween Centerpiece

Pottery Barn Inspired Halloween Centerpiece

This skull centerpiece is so easy and has a big WOW factor! My Pottery Barn inspired Halloween centerpiece is a fun, festive, and an affordable way to decorate your table or entryway this holiday season. It can also be a hostess gift. My mom’s birthday is on Halloween and I love giving her flowers so something like this would be perfect for her! The concepts to create this festive centerpiece are easy, but I wanted to just take a moment to share them with you – and they can be applied in many ways.

Pottery Barn Inspired Halloween Centerpiece

The first creative concept is to take a festive piece and make it into a vessel or vase to display your floral arrangement. We’ve seen pumpkins and witch’s cauldrons used over and over, and I know I’m not the first to use a skull, but I like how the skull adds a spooky factor to the arrangement. My mom prefers scary Halloween versus cute Halloween – and she was the driving force in coming up with this particular design. The skull was easy to use because it was already hollow – that’s something to consider when you come across possible props to use to display a floral arrangement – think about the ease or difficulty in carving or cutting it out to fit your vase inside. I got a pack of three skulls from the Home Depot for just $10. They are the perfect size for holding a five inch tall Mason jar.

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The second concept is using fresh flowers that will last. I think almost every season has those hearty flowers that seem to last so much longer than some of the other more delicate flowers. Mums happen to be a fall favorite and even once they’re cut, they last forever. Pompas grass would be another fresh stem that could last a long time in your arrangement. These fresh mums were $7 from Sam’s Club, and I had a ton of extra ones that I could have used to make multiple centerpieces (instead, I created little mason jars of mums for around the house). According to HGTV, here’s a list of other cut flowers that will last longer than some of the other beautiful blooms.

  • Carnations
  • Ranunculus
  • Alliums
  • Calla Lilies
  • Cut Lilies
  • Gladiolus
  • Freesia ‘Pink’
  • Alstroemeria
  • Dahlias
  • Cherry Zinnias

The third and final concept for this centerpiece arrangement is to add faux florals and picks. I used four types of faux flowers for my Pottery Barn inspired Halloween centerpiece and they were from the Dollar Store. If most of my craft supplies weren’t in storage during this home build, I would have had some faux florals on-hand to add to this arrangement. I do love the faux feathers and glitter coral picks from the Dollar Store this season – they have such affordable seasonal faux floral to consider for this type of arrangement.

This arrangement is very symmetrical, but it helps to know that I started with the mums because they were the real flowers and needed to be in the water – they are also at the lowest level in the entire arrangement, so be sure to start at the bottom. I created a video to show you the process, I hope it helps give you an idea about how to put together this arrangement yourself.

Depending on the flowers you choose will really influence the look of this Halloween skull centerpiece. I think the purple and lime green mums worked out great, but the white ones would have given me a more neutral look. The great thing about this skull is that it can also be used to hold candy the next year! This Halloween arrangement cost me less than $15 to make myself – isn’t that a killer deal?! You can subscribe to my blog for more home decor inspiration and DIY projects!

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