As a child I hated Fall. It meant that school was back in session and I had to give up summer swimteam, lazy days by the pool with friends, and sleeping in during the week (unless I had swimteam practice, then I was up at the crack of dawn). I loved summer, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve really learned to appreciate the Fall season. I welcome the chilly mornings, changing leaves, and apple cider drinking. It’s truly become my favorite time of year. And that’s why I decided to make my very own welcome Fall wreath to usher in the season!
Last year I spent the beginning of Fall in a hospital, taking care of my son who had brain surgery and a three week NICU stay. I didn’t get to enjoy or appreciate the beginnings of Fall, and even when we got home we had so many doctor’s appointments and therapy sessions that we spent very little time outside.
So this year I am really looking forward to spending lots of time outside, going on walks and doing all the Fall-like activities that I love. And I’m really excited to do it all with my little one. We’ll be able to make memories, and I cannot wait for that!
For now though, I’m just waiting for the first day of Fall to get here. I’m ready to welcome her with open arms. And there’s no better way to let her know that I’m anxiously awaiting her arrival with a welcome Fall wreath on my door!
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To make your own welcome Fall wreath you need:
- Silhouette Cameo
- Silhouette Studio Designer Edition
- Oracle 631 Vinyl
- Chalkboard Sign (found on clearance at Michael’s)
- Chalk Pen OR White Acrylic Paint
- Paintbrush (small and wide, if you decide to use acrylic paint)
I decided to use oracle 631 vinyl because it can be used as a stencil, and I really wanted to paint/draw the words on the sign. I decided to use a chalk pen because I could take the design off and repurpose the sign for something else later on if I really wanted to.
* First I made the design in the Silhouette Designer Studio and then cut it out using the Oracle 631 vinyl.
* I then placed the words on the sign and traced them with my chalk pen. You could also use acrylic paint if you want the design to be permanent!
* Then I peeled the vinyl off and filled in the word “fall” and touched up other areas that needed it with the pen. Most of my lines aren’t perfectly straight, but I’m trying really hard to embrace the imperfect look. I like to call it homemade. ha!
* I went back and forth on whether or not I wanted to add a bow to the sign, but in the end decided not to (with the help and opinions of some blogger friends!). I really love the simplicity of the sign as it is, but I did buy plaid ribbon that I’m in love with so I may use it on something else.
The one thing I wish I had done with the sign was center it better. I’m so terrible about rushing through things because I get excited to see the end result, and then the end result doesn’t line up properly. That’s something I really need to work on. But other than that I’m really happy with how this turned out!