Heirloom Pumpkin Centerpiece

Heirloom Pumpkin Fall Centerpiece

Wow your guests with an elegant fall centerpiece utilizing a real heirloom pumpkin and seasonal fresh florals that only takes minutes to create.

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With pumpkin season in full swing, I find myself drawn to the boxes and boxes of fresh heirloom pumpkins at our local supermarket & farmer’s market. I can’t resist grabbing one or two each time I head to the store. The types, varieties, colors, and textures of heirloom pumpkins are vast & endless. Which makes shopping for them so incredibly fun!

Pumpkin Centerpiece

Heirloom pumpkins are full of character and are beautiful all on their own whether they are grouped together at a front entrance, lining a staircase, or stacked on top of each other on a counter or table.

Heirloom Pumpkin Centerpiece

Today, I am sharing with you another way to utilize a real heirloom pumpkin to create an elegant centerpiece for an autumn gathering or for a Thanksgiving table.

Your guests will think you spent hours putting this centerpiece together, but it will only take you minutes!

Sink Full of Flowers

Heirloom Pumpkin Centerpiece Supplies

These are the supplies I used, however the flowers and pumpkin can easily be swapped or changed for what is readily available in your area.

  • 10″ Round Musquee de Provence Heirloom Pumpkin
  • Glass or Plastic Vessel (Something to hold the flowers inside the pumpkin.)
  • Clear Tape
  • Sharp Carving Knife
  • Sharpie
  • White Roses
  • Marigolds
  • Chamomile
  • Ecualyptus
  • Golden Rod
  • Droopy Fall Accent Flower
Heirloom Pumpkin & Flowers
Fall Flowers

Creating an Heirloom Pumpkin Centerpiece

Starting the Centerpiece

To start your pumpkin centerpiece, you will want to find a vessel that will easily fit inside your pumpkin. I had this glass bowl which was the perfect width and height for our pumpkin.

Glass Bowl
This glass bowl was the right size and shape to easily fit into our pumpkin.

Trace the widest part of the bowl around the top of the pumpkin with a sharpie. With a sharp knife, cut out the outline of the bowl on the pumpkin. Remove the top of pumpkin and all of the seeds from inside of the pumpkin, discard.

Heirloom Pumpkin
With a sharp knife, cut out a shape at the top of the pumpkin big enough to place a vessel inside of the pumpkin, and remove all seeds.

Create a grid on top of the vessel with clear tape (see photo). This will help to keep the flowers in place when creating the arrangement. Place vessel inside the pumpkin, and carefully add water to the vessel.

Pumpkin Centerpiece
Create a grid with clear tape on the vessel.
Pumpkin Vase
Place the vessel into the pumpkin and carefully fill vessel with water.

Adding the Flowers to the Centerpiece

Now the fun part, adding the flowers to the centerpiece!

Full disclaimer…I am no flower arranging expert! I like to start my arrangements by adding a few of the larger flowers in groups, and then adding in the smaller “filler” flowers around the larger flowers as I go.

Flowers in Pumpkin
I started this arrangement by adding a small group of roses along with a marigold.

Here is another view of how I began the arrangement in this pumpkin centerpiece. The flowers around the outside of the centerpiece should be shorter with longer flower stems toward the middle of the arrangement for height.

Pumpkin Centerpiece
Keep shorter flower stems on the outside of the arrangement and longer ones towards the middle.

Continue adding flowers around the arrangement until vessel is completely filled in. I like to save the droopy stems like eucalyptus until the very end and add those to the outer edges of the arrangement.

Creating a Pumpkin Centerpiece
Continue adding flowers around the arrangement until vessel is completely filled in.

Finishing the Centerpiece

Don’t worry if the flowers in your pumpkin centerpiece do not look “perfect”! There is no right or wrong way when arranging flowers. A beautiful centerpiece should look natural, organic, and free flowing.

Pumpkin Centerpiece
Pumpkin Centerpiece

Turn your pumpkin around and look at it from several different angles. If something looks bare, add in a few more stems. If something looks off, take out a few stems and adjust until you achieve your desired look.

The important thing to remember is to have fun creating a fall pumpkin centerpiece for your home!

Heirloom Pumpkin Centerpiece

How to Style an Heirloom Pumpkin Centerpiece

I placed our heirloom pumpkin centerpiece on a wood slice right on our kitchen island for our fall home tour. You can view our recent fall home tour, by clicking here.

I love the simple, organic beauty of the pumpkin on the wood slice.

Heirloom Pumpkin Centerpiece

This pumpkin centerpiece would be the perfect addition to any fall tablescape. I created a pumpkin centerpiece last year for a fall tablescape in which I added candles and smaller white pumpkins around the heirloom pumpkin centerpiece.

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How long will a heirloom pumpkin centerpiece last?

Since this centerpiece is made with a real pumpkin and fresh flowers, your centerpiece will last anywhere from 3-5 days. Here are a few suggestions to getting the longest life out of your centerpiece.

  • Make sure there is no foliage in the water. Remove all leaves and any foliage from the stems that may be at water level.
  • Start with a clean vessel.
  • Cut the stems at an angle.
  • Keep centerpiece cool.
  • Refresh the water daily.
  • Remove any dead or dying stems to keep centerpiece fresh.
Heirloom Pumpkin Centerpiece

Other Pumpkin Centerpiece Ideas

I love this pumpkin centerpiece with a faux pumpkin & florals from Liz Marie Blog.

This gorgeous pumpkin centerpiece was made with fresh florals along with a faux pumpkin from Sanctuary Home Décor.

The Crowned Goat shares a quick & easy heirloom pumpkin centerpiece using a dough bowl & pumpkins.

I recently shared a decoupage pumpkin using napkins that would make a great centerpiece too!

Fall Flowers

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Cozy Fall Home Tour

Cozy Fall Home Tour

Grab a cup of hot apple cider and join me on a cozy fall tour of our home for seasonal styling inspiration that engages each of the five senses.

Cozy Fall Home Tour

A cozy home is essential during the season of fall. There is no better feeling than walking through the doors of our home on a brisk autumn day to a warm, inviting, cozy space. I love the ambiance, warm textures, & spicy scents that welcome our family home. That warm, cozy fall feeling can easily be achieved in any home by creating an atmosphere that engages all five senses. The more you can “sense” coziness with each of the senses, the more at home you, your family, and your guests will be.

Oak Leaf Wreath

So…sit back, get comfy, and enjoy a tour of our home for inspiration on how to create your own cozy fall home using each of the senses.

Cozy Fall Dining Room

Blogger’s Best Fall Home Tour

To celebrate the start of fall, I am joining 29 blogger friends on a week long, fall home tour. I love taking a peak inside someone else’s home and finding inspiration! This Bloggers’ Best Fall Home Tour is hosted by Kelly at The Tattered Pew. You can find links to the other home tours at the end of this post.

Bloggers' Best Fall Home Tour

If you are coming here from The Pond’s Farmhouse, welcome! I love Rachel’s ideas on how to add budget friendly, fall décor to your home. Rachel always inspires me with her unique, eclectic, and collected style.

Oak Leaves

Welcome to Our Cozy Fall Home

If this is your first time stopping by Eleanor Rose Home, welcome and thank you for being here! I’m Heidi, the creative mind behind ERH. My family and I are lucky enough to call New England home, which I think might be the prettiest place to live in fall! I love creating a cozy home for my family with new & collected décor, natural elements, textures, and of course seasonal touches.

Our Family

To learn more about me, my family, and the reason behind the name, Eleanor Rose Home, click here.

Cozy Fall Kitchen
Cozy Fall Kitchen

Cozy Fall Kitchen

I love being in the kitchen the most during the fall months. After grilling and eating most of our dinners outside during the summer months, filling our home with the delicious scents of comforting, oven baked food during the cooler months makes our home feel so cozy.

Cozy Fall Kitchen

You can always find fresh baked goods in our kitchen during the fall. 3 ingredient pumpkin muffins are a cozy fall favorite of ours. What tastes and smells like fall more than pumpkin, cinnamon, and cloves?! I like to take advantage of seasonal flavors, because before you know it, the season is over and we are on to the next!

Pumpkin Muffins
Cozy Fall Kitchen

Last spring, we added a peg rail and shelf to this area of our kitchen. It has quickly turned into my favorite area in our home to style.

I recently added a few small touches of Halloween to our kitchen peg rail and shelf. We are not huge Halloween fans in our house so the Halloween décor in our home is more on the spooky side rather than scary. The spooky ghost garland was a fun DIY, and is the cutest addition to our peg rail.

Halloween Décor in the Kitchen
View of the Kitchen

These glass bon bon jars are a favorite among ERH followers! These jars are not only beautiful on our kitchen countertops, but are functional too. You can shop these bon bon jars, here.

Cozy Fall Kitchen

Natural, seasonal elements are essential in our home. For spring it’s tulips & daffodils, summer it’s hydrangeas, and for fall it’s oak leaves, pumpkins, and rich fall colored flowers. This pumpkin centerpiece is the perfect natural & seasonal addition to our cozy fall kitchen décor.

For more on this gorgeous heirloom pumpkin centerpiece, check out this post!

Pumpkin Centerpiece
Seasonal Fall Kitchen

As we move from the kitchen into the dining room, this side entrance to our home is another favorite area of mine to style. Over the summer, we added these adorable gold sweet home signs with hooks. The side door leads to our pool area, so this spot was perfect for hanging towels and other essentials for the pool over the summer.

With the pool now closed this door is not used much. So, I simply added a DIY oak leaf wreath (see how I made it, here) along with a cozy shawl, and a pair of rain boots for intentional, seasonal styling.

Cozy Fall Home Tour
Cozy Fall Home Tour

Cozy Fall Dining Room

The dining room is the latest update to our first floor. This room was actually what we called “the library”, with a long sofa in front of the fireplace. We sold the antique sofa, and moved our kitchen table into the now dining room. The dining room is still a work in progress, however we are now able to gather here as a family for dinner or family game night.

Cozy Fall Dining Room

We placed this rug in the dining room. The rug has a thick, cozy texture, a simple plaid pattern, and ties the entire room together beautifully.

The décor on our dining room table is very simple with more natural, seasonal elements that include pumpkins and oak leaves. For a more formal dining table, I recently styled this fall tablescape with the help of Birch Lane.

Fall Tablescape
Fall Tablescape

To create this informal tablescape, I started by adding a gingham tablecloth to the table. I added an olive bucket with oak leaves right from our yard to the table with a brown, satin ribbon for a whimsical, romantic touch. Then, I placed a stack of faux pumpkins with a few real small white pumpkins sprinkled throughout. Finally, I added a group of candles to complete this simple, cozy fall tablescape.

Cozy Fall Tablescape

You will notice candles in almost every room of our home. Lighting is key for the look of a cozy fall home. The warm light of a candle, fireplace, or lamp is essential in creating a cozy atmosphere in any room.

I can’t wait until it’s cool enough to have the glow of the pellet stove filling our home too!

Cozy Fall Dining Room

The antique dresser next to the pellet stove is another new addition to our downstairs. We had this glass cabinet here before, however I was craving something with a little more character & warmth. I accidentally stumbled upon this dresser on Facebook Marketplace, and it’s been love ever since!

Fall Dining Room

Demijohns are one of my favorite vintage items to utilize in our fall décor. I placed an odd number of them on top of the dresser and then filled each one with hydrangeas from our yard. The color and texture of hydrangeas as they dry out are just gorgeous, don’t you think?

To tie the dresser in with the dining room table, I added a few more of the small white pumpkins and scattered them among the demijohns.

Antique Wooden Dresser

Cozy Fall Living Room

Our cozy fall living room is where we gather the most as a family. We love to snuggle in blankets on the sofa with one of our favorite fall movies on the television. As much I love peace & quiet, there is no better sound than a movie we love on the TV with giggles coming from the kids on the sofa.

Cozy Fall Living Room

To create the coziest fall living room, I like to switch our pillow covers from the light linen fabrics of summer to cozy woven and bouclé’s for fall. Thicker textured pillows along with warm neutral colors make the sofa as well as the living room feel warmer and inviting.

Cozy Couch

Here are a few of my favorite textured fall pillows for a cozy couch; this cozy teddy faux fur pillow cover from Pottery Barn, this woven plaid pillow from Studio McGee, and this floral block print pillow from Target.

Cozy Fall Living Room
Throw Pillows

Throw blankets are another must for a cozy fall living room. We have throw blankets scattered throughout our living room so that when someone is chilly, they can easily grab a blanket, and snuggle on the couch.

Some of the cozy throw blankets I’ve been shopping for are this pom pom sherpa blanket, this striped throw, and this chunky hand knit throw. We currently have this inexpensive plush throw blanket on our couch (it’s very warm & cozy) and it happens to be Eleanor’s favorite!

Farmhouse Living Room

I’ve been intentional & purposeful with the décor in our built-in bookshelves this year (read more on what I mean by intentional décor, here). I’ve kept the styling very simple with books for reading, baskets for storage & texture, and lamps for a cozy atmosphere.

Built-in Bookshelves
Cozy Fall Living Room

The window seats built into our bookshelves are a great place to sit and peek outside, especially on rainy or snowy days. It’s the perfect spot to sit with the lamp on and a good book in hand on a cozy autumn day!

Cozy Fall Living Room

Our Favorite Cozy Fall Movies

Here are a few of our favorite fall movies to get cozy on the couch and watch as a family. Do you have favorite fall movies you like to watch as a family?

  • Harry Potter Series
  • Planes, Trains, & Automobiles – We only discovered this movie a few years ago and laugh so hard each time we watch it!
  • Hocus Pocus
  • The Goonies
  • Hotel Transylvania
  • The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  • Matilda
Cozy Fall Living Room

Cozy Fall Home Tour

Thank you for taking a tour of our cozy fall home! I hope I inspired you to create your own cozy home for fall using each of your five senses. I’d love to have you follow along with me as I share more cozy home inspiration! You can join the ERH family, here.

Now head over to Amy of Amy Sadler Designs for her beautiful fall home tour! Then, scroll down to find links to the rest of the ladies joining the fall home tours.

Cozy Fall Dining Room

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Bloggers’ Best Fall Home Tours

This week I am joining some of my blogging friends for the Bloggers’ Best Fall Home Tours. Thirty talented and creative women will be opening their homes up for you to tour all week long. You can visit each fall home tour by clicking the links below.

Monday’s Tours

Monday Bloggers' Best Fall Collage

The Tattered Pew // StoneGable // My Wee Abode

She Gave It a Go // Cottage In the Mitten // Simply2Moms

Tuesday’s Tours

Monday Bloggers' Best Fall Collage

Midwest Life and Style // Willow Bloom Home Blog // Bricks n’ Blooms

Cottage On Bunker Hill // Peacock Ridge Farm // Open Doors Open Hearts

Wednesday’s Tours

Wednesday Bloggers' Best Fall Collage

White Lilac Farmhouse // The Ponds Farmhouse // Eleanor Rose Home

Amy Sadler Designs // Shiplap and Shells // White Arrows Home

Thursday’s Tours

Thursday  Bloggers' Best Fall Collage

My Thrift Store Addiction // County Road 407 // Thistle Key Lane

Cloches and Lavender // My Family Thyme // tatertos & jello

Friday’s Tours

Friday Bloggers' Best Fall Collage

Le Cultivateur // Southern Home and Hospitality // Follow The Yellow Brick Home

WM Design House // A Life Unfolding // Dabbling and Decorating

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3 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins

3 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins

Satisfy your craving for pumpkin this fall with these 3 ingredient pumpkin muffins. All you need is a can of pumpkin puree, box of cake mix, and water to make the most delicious pumpkin muffins you will ever taste.

Pumpkin Muffins

Today is the first day of fall (how is that even possible?) and that means it is officially pumpkin season! To welcome the start of fall, and pumpkin season, I thought I would share with you my super easy 3 ingredient pumpkin muffin recipe.

3 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins

I’ve been making these pumpkin muffins each fall for our family for years. My family loves the warm pumpkin flavor, and I love that they are beyond easy to make (almost too easy!). These pumpkin muffins are perfect for breakfast, an afternoon snack, or even dessert after dinner.

If you love to provide your family yummy, home baked goods as much as I do, but have limited time, this 3 ingredient pumpkin muffins recipe is for you!

Pumpkin Muffins

What You Will Need for 3 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins

  • Box of Yellow Cake Mix
  • Can of Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 cup Water

Ingredient Note: Be sure to use pumpkin puree for this recipe, not pumpkin pie filling. Pumpkin pie filling has added sugar, spices, and water which will not work for this recipe.

Pumpkin Muffin Ingredients

How to Make 3 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins

To start, preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Muffin Pan

Add muffin liners to a muffin pan or spray muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray. I like to bake muffins with these tulip muffin liners. I think they look so pretty and elegant!

Put the muffin pan off to the side.

Pumpkin Muffins
Pumpkin Muffin Batter

In a mixing bowl, combine box of yellow cake mix, can of pumpkin puree, and cup of water. Mix ingredients together until well incorporated.

3 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins

Scoop about 2-3 tablespoons of muffin batter into each muffin cup (this recipe should yield 12 regular sized muffins).

3 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins

Bake muffins in oven at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Immediately remove muffins from pan and place on a cooling rack. And, this might be the hardest part of this whole muffin making process…allow muffins to cool slightly before eating!

Pumpkin Muffin

How to Store 3 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins

Our family gobbles up these muffins well before we have to store them. That is how incredibly tasty they are!

3 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins

However, if you have leftovers and need to store your muffins, be sure they are cooled completely before storing. Muffins will become soggy if placed in a container warm.

Line an airtight container with paper towels, place the muffins on top, place additional paper towels on top of the muffins, then tightly seal container. The paper towels will soak up any moisture from the muffins, allowing the muffins to stay dry and last longer.

Pumpkin Muffin

Other 3 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins Ideas

Here are a few ideas on how you could easily change up this recipe to make it your own!

  • Chocolate makes everything better! Try adding in a handful of chocolate chips to the muffin batter.
  • Use apple juice in place of water for apple-pumpkin muffins.
  • Smear a cream cheese frosting to top of the muffins. Pumpkin & cream cheese are a match made in heaven!
  • Add a little spice to your muffins by using spice cake mix instead of yellow.
  • For a little crunch, add a few crumbles of brown sugar to the tops of the muffins before baking.
  • Instead of making muffins, add this to a loaf pan for pumpkin bread!
3 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins

Let me know if you make these muffins and if your family loves them as much as ours does!

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3 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins

Course: BreakfastCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

12

servings
Prep Time

10

minutes
Baking Time

15

minutes
Calories

224

kcal
Total Time

25

minutes

Satisfy your craving for pumpkin this fall with these 3 ingredient pumpkin muffins.

Ingredients

  • 15.25 oz. box Yellow Cake Mix

  • 15 oz. can Pumpkin Puree

  • 1 cup Water

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Add muffin liners to a muffin pan or spray muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray. Put the muffin pan off to the side.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine box of yellow cake mix, can of pumpkin puree, and cup of water. Mix ingredients together until well incorporated.
  • Scoop about 2-3 tablespoons of muffin batter into each muffin cup.
  • Bake muffins in oven at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
  • Immediately remove muffins from pan and place on a cooling rack.
  • Allow muffins to cool slightly before eating.

Notes

  • This recipe should yield 12 regular sized muffins.
  • Be sure to use pumpkin puree for this recipe, not pumpkin pie filling. Pumpkin pie filling has added sugar, spices, and water which will not work for this recipe.

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Ghost Garland for Halloween

Ghost Garland for Halloween

A spooky ghost garland is the perfect addition to cozy Halloween décor.

Ghostly Halloween Décor

As a fan of all things cozy, the Halloween décor in our home tends to be on the spooky side rather than scary.

When I saw these adorable fabric stuffed ghost picks at Michael’s, I knew they would be the perfect, spooky addition to our Halloween décor. I bought every single ghost pick they had in the store (in full transparency there was only 6 lol!).

My vision for these adorable stuffed ghosts…a ghost garland!

Ghost

Before we discuss the ghost garland, can we take a second and talk about why I am obsessed these little stuffed ghosts? There is a lot to love about these little guys between their small size, puffy shape, and adorable ghostly faces. But what I love the most about them…the rick-rack edges! Can you stand the cuteness?? It’s the cutest & coziest detail to these adorable, spooky little ghosts.

Ghost Pick

Now that we’ve established how much I adore these little guys, let’s turn them into an easy to make, spooky ghost garland.

Ghost Garland

What You Will Need to Make a Ghost Garland

Ghost Pick & Twine

How to Make a Ghost Garland

To start your ghost garland, you will need to remove the stick on the bottom of each ghost. Twist and turn the stick until it becomes loose enough to easily remove.

Ghost Picks

If the stick is hard to remove, you can take a wire cutter and cut the stick as close to the ghost as possible. Then, either remove the rest of the stick from the ghost or push the rest of the stick inside of the ghost further until it disappears.

Ghost Garland
Measuring Out the Ghosts

Roll out the twine into a straight line on a flat surface. Leave about 1 foot of extra twine at the start of your garland. Place your first ghost on the twine, measure out about 12 inches from the first ghost, and then place your next ghost. This will give you an idea of where you want to glue your ghosts to the twine. I liked spacing the ghosts 12 inches apart, but you could certainly place the ghosts closer or further apart.

Ghost Décor

Flip your first ghost over and place a small dollop of hot glue on the back of the ghosts head. Quickly and carefully place the black twine into the hot glue. Using the end of the hot glue gun, smudge the hot glue so the twine is fully emerged into the glue. Allow glue to fully dry (takes just a minute or two) before moving onto the next ghost.

Hot Glue on Ghost

Continue hot gluing each ghost to the twine. Measuring about 12 inches between each ghost.

Ghost Garland

Once you have hot glued the sixth and final ghost to the twine, leave about 1 foot of additional twine at the end of the garland.

Ghost Garland

Add a small loop to both ends of the twine to finish the garland. The finished garland will be about 6 1/2′ in length.

Ghost Garland

Where to Hang a Ghost Garland

I hung our ghost garland on our peg rail in the kitchen. The garland looks so cute & cozy hanging with our Halloween hand towels!

Halloween Décor in the Kitchen

This garland would look adorable hung on a Halloween mantle, hung on hooks in an entryway, incorporated into a Halloween tablescape, or could even be hung in a children’s bedroom since it’s not too scary.

Ghost Garland

Other Ideas for a Halloween Garland

You can make this garland with other Halloween shapes too. Here are a few fun & festive ideas:

You can also change the color of the twine for a different look. White, yellow, orange, or purple are other twine color options that would be perfect for a Halloween garland.

Ghost Garland

Ghostly Halloween Home Décor

Looking for more ghostly Halloween home décor?! Shop some of my ghoulish favorites, here.

Ghostly Halloween Décor

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DIY Antique Mirror

DIY Antique Mirror Tutorial

Create your own antique mirror with this simple & easy DIY antique mirror tutorial.

Antique Mirror

Do you love the look of an antique mirror but have never found one that you really love? No worries, you can create your own DIY antique mirror with this easy tutorial!

Antique mirrors are one of the many things I search for when we go thrifting. You know the ones that have the beautifully distressed mirror framed in a gorgeous old, vintage frame? Needless to say, my searches have never yielded me the antique mirror I’ve had pictured in my mind. So, instead of continuing my endless search, I decided to make my own…with the help of hubby of course!

Antique Mirror

To start, I found an old framed piece of art at our local antique store. I fell in love with the frame, but the art not so much. I knew the frame and the glass would fit perfectly in this little wall in our entryway. I purchased the framed art for about $20.

Farmhouse Entryway

For this project, If you have a frame you love, but no glass. You can purchase a piece of glass cut to fit your frame from a local hardware store or glass company for this project as well.

DIY Antique Mirror

After doing a little research I found a simple & easy method to transform glass into an antique mirror.

What You Will Need to Make a DIY Antique Mirror

Items to Turn Glass into a Mirror

Steps to Make a DIY Antique Mirror

1. Prepare the Frame & Glass

We peeled the paper backing from the back of the frame very gently. The frame we purchased was old, so we were careful not to damage the frame. We removed the matting, artwork, and glass.

Vintage Art

At this point, you could paint the frame if you like. Or, you could add a little Rub n’ Buff if you wanted a metallic frame but purchased a brown wooden one like mine. I loved the warm brown tone of our frame, so we opted to leave it as is. We did wash it carefully with just a little soap and water to remove any dirt & debris.

Clean Glass

Then we cleaned the glass we removed from the frame. You could use Windex or vinegar to clean the glass. Just make sure there are no streaks on the glass as this will affect your finished product.

2. Spray on Black Paint

On one side of the glass, paint it with the black spray paint. The black will show through all the semi-transparent spots so make sure you give the glass a nice coat of black paint (not too thick though). Allow the black paint to dry completely before moving onto the next step.

3. Spray on Vinegar

Once the black spray paint is dry, flip the glass over.

Vinegar on Glass

We purchased a spray bottle (with a fine mist) and sprayed a mist of distilled white vinegar on the glass. I focused the vinegar mist on the outer edges for a realistic antique mirror look. I also added some random, larger droplets throughout. I made sure the vinegar spray looked natural and organic (the mirror should look like it was aged naturally).

DIY Antique Mirror

Dab any droplets that are too large or that you don’t like with a lint free cloth. Or, wipe the entire surface of glass to remove all of the vinegar, and add your spray and droplets again.

4. Spray on Mirror Paint

Spray the mirror paint directly over the vinegar, with several thin coats making sure all of the glass is covered.

This paint has a very strong smell, so make sure to do this in a well ventilated area or wear a mask!

5. Dab the Vinegar

This part of the antique mirror process goes really fast, so it was nice that Dave and I worked on this together.

Mirror Finish

The mirror paint dries very quickly, so give it a couple of seconds to dry, and then using a lint free cloth, lightly dab up the vinegar on areas where you want to distress the mirror paint. This is the tricky part! Dabbing the vinegar immediately on wet paint removed the mirror effect completely and dabbing the paint too late leaves a spotty finish.

You may need to try a few times to get the antique mirror result you like (continue reading for how to remove the mirror finish). It took us 4-5 tries to get the antique mirror result we liked.

Removing Mirror Finish

If you don’t like how the mirror finish turned out, redoing the same piece of glass is easy! Spray the mirror side of glass with a decent amount of Windex. Then scrub the finish off with paper towels, working until all of the mirror finish is removed. Again, we did this 4-5 times and the mirror finish came off the glass easily each time.

DIY Antique Mirror

6. The Final DIY Antique Mirror Step

Once your DIY antique mirror is done and you are happy with the result, it’s time to hang it!

Now, you could hang your mirror from a normal everyday sawtooth hanger but I decided to add a fun, whimsical detail to our mirror by hanging it from ribbon. I love using ribbon in our home décor, it adds another layer of depth and texture that I just can’t get enough of.

DIY Antique Mirror

To hang your mirror from ribbon, add eye hooks to the top left and right sides the mirror. Eye hooks simply screw into the wood frame, so they are very easy to use. Grab your favorite ribbon and thread one piece through the left eye hook and another ribbon through the right eye hook, then tie the ribbon in a knot around the eye hooks.

Meet the other ends of the ribbon in the center of the mirror and tie into a knot (make sure the knot is centered otherwise your mirror will hang crooked). Hang the ribbon from a nail.

Then take another length of ribbon and tie that into a bow around (and covering) the nail. Trim the ribbon tails so that they are at your desired length. How pretty is that?!

Decorative Mirror

Don’t forget, you could change the ribbon seasonally…which is exactly what I will be doing!

Antique Mirror

This DIY antique mirror was super easy, inexpensive, and honestly I wish we had done it sooner. The entire project took us about an hour from start to finish and was easier than we anticipated. The result is a gorgeous DIY antique mirror that looks like it’s been around for ages, and I love having a mirror hanging in our entryway.

Why have we not hung one here before?!

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Fall Tablescape With Birch Lane

A simple, stylish fall tablescape with new & collected pieces is the perfect setting for a fall get-together or Thanksgiving dinner.

Simple Fall Tablescape
This post is sponsored by Birch Lane.
All thoughts, ideas, and opinions are 100% my own.

Fall is here and that means more time will be spent around the dining room table with friends & family over the next few months. Therefore, creating a beautiful fall tablescape is a must for entertaining guests. Tablescapes do not need to be complicated or over the top to be beautiful & impactful. In fact, simple more organic tablescapes are some of my favorites. They tend to feel warmer, cozier, and more inviting.

Fall Garland & Candles

For our fall tablescape, I decided to create a simple, stylish, and cozy tablescape with pieces we already had in our home and then I incorporated a few new pieces I received from Birch Lane.

Fall Table Styling

Birch Lane has been one of my go-to online shopping destinations for years. I know when I visit their website, I can count on finding handpicked affordable, classic, quality pieces that I will use in our home for years. Birch Lane offers a variety of merchandise for the home including furniture, rugs, lighting, home accents, seasonal décor, and so much more.

For this blog post, I shopped Birch Lane’s new arrivals and Thanksgiving preview to add new pieces to our fall tablescape.

Fall Centerpiece

How to Create a Fall Tablescape

A tablescape refers to all elements of a table setting. The easiest way to begin styling a tablescape is to decide on a theme or color palette. Then include these key elements:

  • Tablecloth, Runner, Place Mats
  • Centerpiece
  • Dinnerware
  • Glasses, Stemware
  • Utensils
  • Napkins

Let’s take a look at a few of these elements and how I incorporated them into our fall tablescape with a little help from Birch Lane.

Fall Tablescape
Fall Entertaining

Fall Tablecloth

To start putting together this fall tablescape, I began by adding a tablecloth to the table.

This brown & white gingham tablecloth was one I already had in our home, which I thought would work well with the simple & stylish fall theme I envisioned for our table.

Autumn Entertaining

Linen and cotton are wonderful fabrics to choose from when looking for a tablecloth for a fall tablescape. Gingham and plaid are perfect pattern options for fall as well as toile, and one of my current favorites, block print.

Brown & White Gingham Tablecloth

These tablecloths from Birch Lane would be a beautiful base for a fall tablescape.

Table runners are another great option as a tablescape base, instead of a traditional tablecloth.

Fall Centerpiece

Fall Tablescape Centerpiece

With a Garland

The centerpiece of the table is where your creativity can come alive. Have fun with what you create to be the star & center of the tablescape!

Fall Table

Keeping with the simple & stylish theme, I used this fall garland from Birch lane as the centerpiece for our fall tablescape. I love the muted fall colors and organic elements which include corn husks, pinecones, acorns, ferns, and gourds.

Fall Tablescape With Birch Lane

Using a garland as a tablescape centerpiece is an easy way to fill up the center of the table, without having to do too much.

Before placing the garland down the center of the table, I fluffed the garland to make it look full & realistic. I also carefully ironed the corn husks to remove the wrinkles and folds from shipping. Once the garland was fluffed and ironed, I simply draped it down the middle of the table.

Organic Fall Centerpiece

These garlands from Birch Lane are great centerpiece options for a fall tablescape.

Autumn Table
Autumn Table Styling

And Candles

To complete the centerpiece for our fall tablescape, I added a round wood slice to one end of the table and then placed three white pillar candles (of varying heights) on top.

Pillar Candles

To add a little visual interest to the pillar candles, and to add an organic touch, I hot glued dried orange slices to the sides of the candles.

I love the pop of orange this gave to the fall tablescape. I mean, how cute does that look?!

To make your own candles with dried orange slices, you will first need to dry orange slices. You can find out how to do that, here.

Fall Centerpiece

With a hot glue gun, place a bead of hot glue all the way around the perimeter of a dried orange slice. Quickly, place the orange slice onto a wax candle and hold. Do this all the way around the candle.

That’s it! You have your own dried orange pillar candles!

Fall Candles

Candle Tips:

The hot glue should only be placed on the orange slice, do not hot glue the candle.

Be extremely careful not to burn yourself adhering the orange slice to the candle.

I have only done this on a wax candle. I am not sure if this same technique would work on a flameless candle.

Autumn Style

Dinnerware

With the tablecloth down and the centerpiece set; it’s time to set the table with dinnerware.

Spode Dinnerware
Place Setting
Place Setting

I like to mix and match dinnerware for a stylish, collected look. For this fall tablescape, I used our white Wedgewood wedding china along with these Spode Delamere brown & white salad plates from Birch Lane.

I love the pop of color & print the Spode salad plates add to our table. It looks absolutely perfect for fall!

Cozy Fall Table

Birch Lane offers an entire collection of Spode Delamere dinnerware & serveware. You can view the collection, here. I also love these Spode woodland creature plates as well!

Dinner Plates

Fall Tablescape Napkins

Napkins are an easy way to add texture and pattern to any table in any season. Have fun with your napkin selection, and how you display them on your table.

Dinner Napkins

When I saw these adorable cotton napkins with frayed edges on Birch Lane’s website, I knew they were going to be the perfect addition to our fall table.

The napkins were the final element of the table, and I was able to use the napkins as a way to bring the entire tablescape together.

Dinner Napkin
Frayed Edge Napkin

To do this, I added a few dried lagurus to the top of the napkin. Then, tied a bow around the napkin with a small, cream satin ribbon with a dried orange slice. I love how these beautiful napkins completed our fall tablescape!

Autumn Tablescape

Here are some other great napkin options from Birch Lane that would be perfect for a fall tablescape.

Fall Dinner Table

Shop Birch Lane for New Fall Tablescape Pieces

Natural Tablecloth
Lace Edge Tablecloth
Striped Table Runner
Organic Striped Table Runner
Linen Table Runner