Fall has Fell (in the front yard)
Written by on Thursday, October 6th, 2011

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This is the first Fall season I’ve had a goat cart to decorate.  It’s so much larger than my wagon (now holding herbs in the back yard), so I was challenged to fill it on a budget, which of course, is The Seasonal Home’s motto!

New purchases included 2 new scarecrows (the Florida sun is brutal on these, so 1 year is all you get! lol) and a fresh bale of hay, spending around $15, using 40% off coupons.  I already had a fall leaf garland and some pumpkins, but as you can see in this first (test) photo, my pumpkins had faded more to the color of oranges in comparison to the one brand new one, shown in the back of the cart.  I know I live in Florida, but it’s Fall and pumpkins are what’s in season.  :-(

The thought of purchasing all new pumpkins (even real ones!) made me cringe over the cost.  But luckily, I found a new, no-prep super bond spray paint product (FUSION by Krylon) that doesn’t require sanding or priming, bonds to plastic and dries in 15 minutes AND it comes in a Pumpkin Orange color…..100% yay!  So, for the price of 1 can of paint ($4), I renewed all of my faux pumpkins.  HINT:  Don’t spray the pumpkin too heavily.  In nature, pumpkins have different shades in the surface of their skin, so a light spray coat looks more natural. 

The other idea I had for my fall yard vignette was a “HAY RIDE” sign, but do you think I could find one?  Nope!  I’m not a true crafter either, so making one myself (from scratch) wasn’t a good option.  But, I didn’t give up and found a Halloween theme sign (see the spooky eyes) that was blank in the center.  It was only $6.99 and I got it for 40% off at Hobby Lobby.  I used a stencil, with a cool font, and some black stencil paint to slightly change the sign to have it read “HAY RIDE 25 cents”.

hay ride sign_before

Below is the finished product…. my front yard Fall vignette.

Enjoy the Creativity!

eileen_red

 

 



4 Comments

  1. Debbie says:

    You always have great ideas. Where can I find the font you got to make the sign? Really cute. I passed your ideas on to my sister. She has alot of ideas for Halloween too. The hole town begs her to put her decorations up every year. She lives in the small town of Spencer Indiana.

  2. seasonalhome says:

    Hi Debbie, the font is SOPHIE 3″ and I found the stencil at Hobby Lobby. If you don’t have one in your area, try their website… it may be on there. By the way, it comes with letters AND numbers! :- D Sounds like I need to add Spencer, Indiana and meeting your sister to my bucket list. lol Please tell her I said “thank you” for keeping creativity alive & well!

  3. Debbie says:

    Thanks. We do have a Hobby Lobby near us. Thats where my sister Darla, found her crows. She has them all over her mantel and on her country fence she made just for her props. That was a great idea about spary painting your pumpkins. I told you about the books she bought at the GoodWill and spray painted them black then wrote in creepy letters poison on one and potions on another and spells I think on the other one. They are on her mantel too stacked at angles on top of each other. With cobwebs covering lightly. So creepy.

  4. Missy says:

    Such cute ideas! Loving the recent Fall and Halloween posts!

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