Fall is here—it’s time for bonfires, sweaters, and all things pumpkin spice! In your rush to stock up on cozy blankets and coffee mugs, don’t forget to give your porch a touch of fall as well! Porches are totally the “window to the soul” on the house, so it’s a good idea to give them some personality too and make use of seasonal decor. This post is sponsored by JOANN, and I was able to get all the items I needed for this project at JOANN! That is a big plus for a busy mom like me to get everything I need in one location—one-stop holiday shopping for sure! Here’s the DIY phrase garland I made to welcome fall in a super cute (and easy) way! Supplies:
–colored felt sheets (9″x12″)
–hot glue gun
–rotary cutter and mat (optional)
Fold your felt sheet in half so you have a 9″x 6″ rectangle and cut the sheet on the fold so you have two identical rectangles. Take a small bowl and place it near the bottom of your double layered felt. Use a rotary cutter to cut along the line of the bowl for a scalloped edge or trace the bowl line and then cut with scissors. To create a channel for your rope to be threaded through, stagger your felt pieces 1.5″ apart so the top layer is lower than the other. Place a line of hot glue under the top edge of the top piece (directly under where you see it in the photo above) so you are glueing the top piece to the bottom piece. Next, lay a line of glue in the same spot on top of the top piece (as you see in the photo above) and …
… fold the top of your bottom felt up onto the line of glue to create a little channel for your rope. Flip your felt over. Cut out letters in a contrasting color that spell out your desired phrase. You can either freehand these letters or use large stickers or a font that you print and cut out as a guide traced onto the felt. Use your hot glue gun to adhere the letter to the felt flag. Once your letters are attached, you can thread the cord through your letters (you may want to wrap a few inches of the cord end with tape to stiffen it like a needle) and use hooks to hang your cords from. For a little more texture, I added a few yarn tassels (here’s a DIY on how to make them) to the sides of the phrases and I think they are a nice addition.
How fun is that?! I love the warm colors that I chose for the felt letters and the pops of orange from the pumpkins underneath them helps to complete the scene. I also used a few other fall decor items (JOANN’s had to much to choose from!) to complete the scene, like that “Welcome Autumn” mat, corn husk wreath, hay bale, foam pumpkins, and copper lanterns. Overall, I think this is the perfect way to add a little fall decor to the front of the house and I can’t wait until colored leaves start to blow up onto the porch to totally complete the scene. Obviously, you can use this general idea for any phrase or season, but I hope this project adds a cozy fall vibe to your house as well! xo. Laura