Hello, amazing friends! Has anyone else experienced a cool-down this week? It’s crazy that just a week ago it was sweltering here. That makes it so much easier for me to share my project today! I’m joining the Fall Seasonal Simplicity Tour, hosted by my lovely friend, Krista of The Happy Housie. My friends are sharing lots of DIY Fall inspiration as well so be sure to look for their projects at the bottom!
You may remember last year I joined this talented bunch with my fabric pumpkins:
I wasn’t quite ready for full-blown Fall decor so choosing a Fall project that used not-so-Fall fabrics worked out great. See how easy they are to make HERE!
Guess what? I’m still not quite ready for Fall!
But I do like to dress up my kitchen island with something seasonal, so I set out to do just that.
Those of you who are regular followers of mine know that I am working through another haul of things that have been taking up space in my storage room for way too long:
I decided to choose one of these items to create my island centerpiece.
And I knew this little cutie would be the perfect candidate:
This was marked down to 99¢ at the thrift store.
Here’s how I used it as a base for my new Fall centerpiece:
Does it look like Fall to you? Of course I painted the basket because I paint just about everything!
Today I’m going to share how easily this came together!
I started by giving my basket two coats of Dixie Belle’s Fluff, painted with a brush and sealed with Clear Coat in Satin that I applied with a sponge.
When I was looking for inspiration for my arrangement, I dropped by Michaels to see if anything jumped out at me. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
Right away I liked these pretty blue stems that I found with their Fall blooms:
That was all I needed to get started…here’s everything I used (minus the mini pumpkins):
1. Thrift store basket, painted in Fluff
2. Floral foam
3. Greenery stems from Michaels’ Fall florals (3 stems)
4. Blue floral stems from Michaels’ Fall Florals (6 stems)
5. White sunflowers from Walmart (1 bunch)
6. Wire cutters
I started by placing the foam brick in the center of my basket. This is styrofoam floral foam that I had leftover from making the flowers for my bother’s wedding arch:
It’s sturdier than a traditional foam brick, but either is fine. I chose not to glue it in place so I could reuse my basket later if I like.
I started with the greenery stems by cutting them down to a more appropriate length:
Then I stuck them in the foam until I had a nice base of greenery for my arrangement:
Next, I cut the blue floral stems and started adding those also…
Until I had a look I liked:
The white sunflowers were a Walmart find and were a great deal at only $3 per bunch! I cut those…
And added them as well:
I thought I was done, but then I remembered these mini pumpkins I had that I had painted a few years back:
They got spray painted back then in Rustoleum’s Heirloom White, followed by a spritz of Stone spray for some added texture. It worked great!
I used a few of the excess stems that I snipped off the others to add to the bottoms of these:
Then I added them to my new arrangement as well.
And that was that!
I like the blue for a change!
The little sweater pumpkins are made from sweater sleeves…
I originally shared them HERE.
Don’t forget…today I’m joining some talented ladies who are also sharing Fall DIY projects! Just click on the links below the images to see their project ideas…
Modern Geometric Painted Vases at The Happy Housie
How to Make Easy Fall Sweater Pumpkins at Tatertots and Jello
Room Spray for Fall at Modern Glam
Fall Candle Rings at She Gave it a Go
How to Build a Tray at The Handmade Home
Textured Vase at Craftberry Bush
Farmhouse Slat Pumpkin at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Pumpkin & Dough Bowl Fall Centerpiece at The Turquoise Home
Happy Fall Sign at Lolly Jane
Personalized Fall Mug at Jenna Kate at Home
Fall Terrarium Centerpiece at Clean and Scentsible
Black & White Modern Ceramic Vases at Taryn Whiteaker Designs
Fall Chalkboard Art at Happy Happy Nester
Fall Faux Centrepiece at Inspiration of Moms
Monogrammed Vase at My Sweet Savannah
Tobacco Basket Wall Hanging with Flowers at Hallstrom Home
10 Minute $10 Sunflower Garland at a Pretty Life in the Suburbs
Small Wood Projects to Use as Decor at Grace in My Space
Fall Inspired Wood Photo Holders at In My Own Style
Neutral Fall Floral Arrangement at All Things With Purpose
Vintage Amber Glass Candle at Seeking Lavender Lane
Vintage Wreath Mirror at Sincerely, Marie Designs
Fall Acrylic Sign at Lemon Thistle
Wooden Bowl Candle Holder at Cherished Bliss
Blanket Ladder from Copper Pipe Dowels at The DIY Mommy
Thrift Store Basket Turned Fall Arrangement at Confessions of a Serial DIYer
Now I have a brand new arrangement ready to welcome Fall, and I am one project closer to completing this pile!
If you missed any of these makeovers, you can visit them below:
$7 Vintage Picnic Basket Makeover (Plus the other small basket)
I’ll be back tomorrow sharing the mirror and the table!
UPDATE: See them both now HERE!
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Mary Kaiser says
I knew it, I have been following your blog so long I can so see what your thinking!! LOL, your ideas are so great. You are such an inspiration to me and I am so thankful for all you do to help me with my budget decorating, your the best!!
Ha ha you know me well, Mary!! Thank you!! XOXO
This is soothing to my blue heart. I need to get back to crafting. Two years of roaming is old and I am ready to take command of me again. Thank you. I love the sweater pumpkins. Going to go to the Savers store in September and see what I can find.
Decorating your new house will be so good for you…and fun! Thanks, Jody! XOXO
Cecilia from Georgia says
Christy, the colors are so soothing; the blue is perfect. I just gotta make some of the cloth pumpkins (since I’ve been hoarding fabric a year to make them) and maybe I’ll be ready for Fall when it shows up. XOXO
Thank you, Cecilia! The blues are a fun for Fall for a change. Yes, dig out those fabrics and get to it ha ha! XOXO
Cheryl Atkinson says
Christy, I love everything you do. Thank you so much for sharing your projects. I dont know what I would do without your inspiration.
Aww thank you so much, Cheryl!! I’m blessed to have you following along with me, my friend! XOXO
I really love it. Down under we call those baskets “trugs” and they sell from at least $20. Yours looks very pretty in white and those faux flowers are gorgeous 🙂
Thank you, Petra! And thanks for the info! This might be the first I’ve seen like this at a thrift store! XOXO
Very nice arrangement— I love the blue flowers as well. It is such a nice change from the usual fall colours of oranges and rust tones but still has the subdued tone of autumn. Great idea Christy.
Thank you, Dorothy! I agree…the blue is a fun change! XOXO
Ange Mills says
What a sweet arrangement the mini pumpkins
were a great added touch. As always a great but simple remake. Wish I had just a smidgen of your creativity. ❤️
Aww you are always so sweet, Ange, thank you!! XOXO
Beautiful,love the colors.Need to see if I can find the blue flowers,Micheals is about 55 miles from me, so online I will go . Love when you work through your hauls.
Thank you, Margie! Hopefully they have them online too! XOXO
LeAnn Hileman says
So pretty! I love the blue too!
Thank you, LeAnn! XOXO
sharon austin says
So cute! And I’ve learned so much from you about making flower arrangements over the last year or so, so thanks for that!!!
Aww yay! I’m so glad to hear it…they aren’t bad once you see how they come together! 🙂 XOXO
You are so awesome! 😎
Love everything you post.
Aww you are so kind!! Thank you!! XOXO
So elegant! I love these muted colors for autumn.
Thank you, Kimberly! XOXO
Debbie in TX says
Wow, you are a master florist for certain! I would have looked at those individual flowers and thought they never would have looked good together, but they surely do. And I love, love the blue and the addition of the pumpkins. Now the floral arrangements on that arch for your brother’s wedding definitely look professional. You truly have a talent for this. Love it!
Wow thank you, Debbie!! I really appreciate that! My new sister-in-law had this vision for their arch and I am so glad she loved the result! XOXO
Rhonda Hallstrom says
Umm..this is so amazing!! And gorgeous!!
Aww thank you so much, Rhonda!! Always fun touring with you! XOXO
Tina Matteson says
This is beautiful, Christy! Love it.
Thanks so much, Tina!! XOXO
Mary Loveland says
I’ve been reading your posts for a long time and really enjoy all your projects. This arrangement looks so so good and you make it look so do-able I think I may give it a try.
I am really curious about that round box with a lid in your to-do photo, that looks like an antique cheese box…..unless it’s hardboard then probably a hatbox? Very cool.
Thank you, Mary! You have been following along with me for a very long time and I appreciate you so much! You could definitely make this arrangement. I believe that box is a replica of an older antique piece. It’s been holding toys for the last several years…time for some TLC! Have a great weekend! XOXO
Jennifer Lifford says
This is beautiful! I love the colors!
Thank you, Jennifer! XO
jen hadfield says
Such a beautiful Fall DIY! I love that your thrifted the basket too!
Thanks, Jen! Yes, the basket was a great find! XOXO
Ashley Stringfellow says
What a great idea – it turned out beautifully!
Thank you, Ashley! XO
I loved the basket the dark color, but since I love white decor (been decorating with white for 19 yrs-when I started buying antique furniture painted white) the basket is gorgeous now. Your arrangement is one of the best I’ve seen.
Aww thank you so much, Karey! Nothing beats white! XOXO
Really really lovely! Now I want to spray paint all of my fall pumpkins soft white!
Thank you, Jo-Anna! Ha ha do it! XOXO
Ashley Mills says
Those colors are just glorious. Well done!
Christy, you always do such a lovely job with your floral arrangements. This is so pretty and the pops of blue work so well with your home. The florals on your brother’s wedding arch are gorgeous too. Did he get married in your back yard?
Aww thanks so much, Marie! Yes…my brother and his new bride got married in our back yard…it was just perfect! XOXO
I love using non-traditional colours for the holidays! The blue, the sunflowers, the pumpkins, and that basket came together nicely. Happy Fall!
Thanks, Krista! Happy Fall to you as well! XOXO
Love your ideas! Always inspire me to get creative!
Thank you, Amber! XO
Bobbi Harwood says
I visit thrift stores every so often, but posts like this and a few others (I just started following you) makes me want to visit more often and more of them! I just have to learn how to see the possibilities that lie within the items on the shelf!
Thanks, Bobbi! There are definitely treasures to be had out there! XO