DIY fall decor – Hydrangea topiary and Fall Glitter Letters

September 15th, 2014


For the Michaels Makers challenge this month, we were asked to create fall decor using the gorgeous Fall Market products.


 I created 3 DIY projects to complete my buffet-scape and embellished them with additional Fall Market items such as pumpkins and burlap ribbon. The decoupage pumpkins I created a few years ago.


For my first project, I created this topiary using some fall burlap hydrangea flower stems and an existing topiary on clearance. See my full hydrangea topiary tutorial post for details.

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DIY Fall Hydrangea Topiary Tutorial

September 15th, 2014



I created this topiary as part of my Michaels Makers project this month. That post was getting pretty long, so I created this separate tutorial to show how to re-create this project.

Supplies (contains afflilate links):

2 Burlap Hydrangea Spray

4″ styrofoam ball

Acrylic Paint (match to hydrangea)

Foam Brush

Topiary (the one I purchased was on clearance. You could also make your own with a terra-cotta pot, some floral foam, and the stem from the hydrangea spray)


Ad tech Lo-Temp glue gun

xacto knife or awl


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Fall Chalk art tutorial with free template and printable art

September 15th, 2014




Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. 

To create this fall chalkboard art, you’ll need to find or create a chalkboard. You can use Chalkboard paint to do this, or find an existing chalkboard.

You’ll also need chalk. I use regular chalk, but you could also use a chalk marker, though the effect isn’t quite the same.

With regular chalk, I sharpen my sticks with a utility knife.


Then I print out my template, cut to size. (design template available as a free download at the end of this post).



To transfer the design to your chalkboard, turn over the template to the blank side, and rub the side of a piece of chalk all over the paper. Once the paper is all chalked turn it over and place it where you want it on your chalk board. Then you’ll need to use some sort of stylus – a pencil, embossing tool, ball-point pen etc. to trace over the word art.



When your finished, your chalkboard should look something like this:


Use your sharpened chalk to fill in the traced areas and recreate the word art on your chalkboard.  Here is what my final chalkboard looks like:

If you want to keep your chalk art from erasing, you can use a fixative to protect the chalk. Do not do this step if you want to re-use the chalkboard later.

And here you can see my chalkboard with the rest of my fall decor. Check out my Fall Buffet Decor post and my Hydrangea Topiary post to see the rest of the projects!


 Here is the free download for the chalk art template (click image below to begin download):


If you don’t want to re-create the chalk art, I created a color version of the template that you can print and frame! (click image below to begin download)theprojectgirl-artprint Click on the images above to download a PDF of my chalk art template and printable art. The downloadable PDFs in this article (and across my entire site) is free for personal use only. If you would like to blog about this free download, please accompany any images from my site with a credit and link back to this article. As a courtesy please do not link directly to a downloadable file but rather to this page. Also since you’ve made it this far, please follow me on facebook and instagram so you can find me again! And don’t forget to tell your friends!

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