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DIY Fall Decorating

Fall is one of my favorite seasons! It’s the time of year when farmers are harvesting their fields, when Starbucks starts selling it’s pumpkin spice latte, and when fall foliage comes out to play.

When I decorate for fall, I love incorporating natural fall icons inside and out. Read below for ideas of how to create fall decorations for your own home.

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Grace + Gumption - DIY Fall Mantel Decorating

I made this DIY bunting banner a few years ago using burlap, twine, and a permanent marker for the print (tutorial coming soon). However, this year I added a few a pop of color and texture by tying miniature indian corn in between each flag. I think it adds so much to the look. Don’t you think!?Grace + Gumption - DIY Fall Mantel Decorating

Grace + Gumption - DIY Fall Mantel Decorating

To take our mantel decor from summer to fall, I spread out several of these DIY acorns to give it some fall flair. Although they are small in size, they are mighty in impact. Grace + Gumption - DIY Fall Mantel Decorating DSC_0206

Aren’t they so cute?! Using just leftover plastic eggs from Easter, burlap, and pinecone clippings, these acorns are very cheap to make yourself. Although I made these myself, I can’t take credit for the idea. I first saw them over at Life is a Party where Dannyelle walks through step-by-step how to make these DIY burlap acorns. I followed her instructions exactlyGrace + Gumption - DIY Burlap Acorns

My husband farms for a local seed company. So he always has access to one of natures best fall decorations…corn stocks! We gave our front yard a little curb appeal by tying a bundle of corn stocks around our mail box. Grace + Gumption - DIY Fall DecoratingOf course the look wouldn’t be complete without pumpkins at the base! 
Grace + Gumption - DIY Fall Decorating

If there could be a fall icon that I loved more than pumpkins and corn stocks, it would be mums! I love how mums can add color to any fall scene. Display your mums on your front porch in a creative way by using a pumpkin as a flower pot!
Grace + Gumption - DIY Fall Decorating

That’s how we do fall at our house. How do you do it at yours?

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How to Edge Perfect Curves in a Flower Bed

Edging Garden Curves - by Grace + Gumption

A neatly edged garden bed can make a lawn look crisp and pristine. Edging a garden is relatively painless but creating perfect corners and curves can become troublesome. Below I’ve provided a few simple steps to achieve perfect curves in your garden beds.

Supplies you’ll need include:
– 2 steel garden stakes (similar here)
– twine or string
– scissors
half moon edger

1.) Install your first stake at the base of the flower bed.

To create a quarter circle curve, identify the base point of your garden bed and hammer in your your first stake at this location. Then using your twine or string, tie one end to the top of your stake.

How-to Edge Garden Beds and Boarders - by Grace + Gumption

2.) Tie the other end of your string to your second stake.

Insert your second stake where you would like to begin your curve as shown below.

How-to Edge Garden Beds and Boarders - by Grace + Gumption

Then using the same string that is already attached to stake #1, tie the other end of your string to stake #2 and cut off any extra using scissors.

How-to Edge Garden Beds and Boarders - by Grace + Gumption

3.) Trace your curve.

Using stake #2, begin dragging it through the grass in a circular motion, leaving  an indentation that you will use as a template to make a clean and crisp edge.

How-to Edge Garden Beds and Boarders - by Grace + Gumption

How-to Edge Garden Beds and Boarders - by Grace + Gumption

Continue dragging the stake until you reach your desired destination.

How-to Edge Garden Beds and Boarders - by Grace + Gumption

4.) Begin digging your edge.

Now that you have marked a nice curved line, begin digging your edge with a half moon edger. Just follow along your template until you’ve reached the end of your curve.

How-to Edge Garden Beds and Boarders - by Grace + Gumption

That’s it!

Finish edging the rest of your flower bed and admire your clean lines of your new edges!

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Happy home updating!

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