DIY Autumn Wreath ♥

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Fall is just around the corner! As we wait impatiently for Starbucks to bring back the Pumpkin Spice Latte, we can create a beautiful autumn wreath for our front door! Or, if you’re apartments have rules like mine, the side of your door.
As usual, I went to Joanne Fabrics and raided their 50% off floral section! I bought white flowers (dahlias and ranunculus -like flowers), because I wanted my wreath to look creamy, dreamy and fresh! The browning green leaves gave the wreath a subtle seasonal, autumn look.
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I bought a grapevine wreath as well, these are normally pretty inexpensive ($4-$6 for 18″) so I try to stalk up on them when I can. They work for all seasons!
I started cutting the flowers off their stems, but leaving an inch or so of stem so I could insert them into the wreath and anchor the flower stem with hot glue. Start by placing the leaves around the wreath to get a sense of what you would like it to look like.  As soon as you have a plan of action, start gluing!
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Don’t mess with it too much and go with your gut! Wreaths are a process, so don’t get frustrated if it doesn’t look amazing right away. When it looks full and lush you will be happy with it!
When you’re all done, you can add a finishing touch like a beautiful ribbon or big burlap bow like I did.  In the beginning, I wanted to add a bird nest, but in the end I decided that it already looked finished and I liked the simplicity.  All I need now are albino pumpkins next to my welcome mat to make Autumn official!

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Are you excited for autumn leaves, crisp air and apple cider?! I know I am!
♥Shelby

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DIY Tile Coasters ♥

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I know, I know, as if you haven’t seen these on Pinterest  a billion and six times  before. I however, am a little bitter that I didn’t patent the idea because I did them before Pinterest went viral! I am  the hipster of the tile coaster making art  was happily reassured when people started pinning and making them because that meant they were not tacky and that my ideas were not ridiculous .
RIGHT?! *nervous laugh*
Here is my tutorial on how to make some fun tile coasters! They make a fun gift and you can make seasonal ones for each part of the year since they are so inexpensive and easy to make!
I had two glass tiles that my mother gave me after her bathroom renovation, she knows I like freebies! If you need to buy them yourself they are  25 cents, (or less) each at Lowes or Home Depot.

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Choose your image! You can print out a picture online, use magazine clippings, a photo, whatever you want! I printed a picture from online. I love botanical prints, especially fruit ones.
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Grab some Mod Podge and a brush…
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Get started! What I normally do is find a part of the picture that I like best and trace the tile onto the part of the paper that I like. Take your scissors and cut the traced square. Repeat for however many coasters you are making.
Once you have your cut outs, place them on the tiles accordingly. Once you have an idea of how you are going to arrange your images, put a thin to medium layer of Mod Podge on the tile and place your picture on top. Smooth out any air bubbles. Then, put a layer of Mod Podge over the picture to water seal it. Repeat 3-4 times, letting the layers dry between coats.

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Once they are done they are ready to use!  I placed mine on the big tray I have on my ottoman.
They are addictive, so have fun and make some for a future housewarming gift!

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♥Shelby