cotton-wreath-on-doorAlmost two years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Chip and Joanna Gaines when they hosted a fall workshop in Waco.  This was pre-Silos days.  They were just on the cusp of how popular they are now.  I purchased a pair of tickets and asked one of my besties, Mary, to meet me in Waco for her birthday.  She told her co-worker “I’m going to some fall thing with some people named Chip and Jo.”  Now, Chip and Jo are household names.  If you want to read about the lovely time we had read it here (p.s. Chip and Joanna are just like they are on TV.  Lovely, genuine, and real).

I purchased this cotton wreath in their “little” pop up market and it sat unadorned until this past weekend.


I was cleaning out my ribbon stash and found a roll of “chalkboard” ribbon from The Container Store I purchased last Christmas.  I thought it would be perfect with the wreath so I enlisted the help of my crafty friend Cindy to make me a bow, because she’s the bow queen.

cotton-wreath-without-lanternI also had some brown burlap ribbon from Hobby Lobby and Cindy used it all to make a spectacular bow.  I took a CraftSmart brand white paint pen and lettered “Welcome Home” on the ribbon.

I am going for a more muted tone of pumpkins on my porch this year like grays and white so this cotton wreath will be perfect.


Another wreath I wanted to use for the fall is my faux magnolia wreath.  I also purchased mine from Magnolia Market when they offered them as a deal of the week.  It’s beautiful on it’s own without embellishment, but I was inspired by a post on Decorsteals to add a fall banner to mine (they also offer a magnolia wreath).

Remember my story on “Six Tips for Antiquing” shopping trip (read about it here)?  Well, this is the twist on a chalkboard — an old cabinet door.  I hung it out on the back patio on the cedar shiplap wall.  I thought it would be the perfect spot for the magnolia wreath.

fall-magnolia-wreathThe burlap banner and the black and gold polka dot letter stickers are from Michael’s and I created my own “fall” banner by just sticking the letters to the burlap.  It worked out perfectly to hang it from the door hardware on one side and the cabinet knob on the other.  While I intended to use the cabinet door as a chalkboard surface, I have been challenged to find a marker that adheres to the glass without skipping.  I may just have to use this as a prop for different wreaths and banners through the seasons.  But, I still love it because it looks “found.”

So, this is your challenge.  Take what you already have and find new ways to re-purpose them into something new to you!